Evolution of warning signs at the base of Ayers Rock from 1969 to present through photos. Initial signs focused purely on safety issues, but with the transfer of the Parks's management to Federal agencies in 1985 signage has become increasingly hysterical in pushing the "Don't Climb" message, ignoring the reality about the actual risks to fit, healthy responsible people, and disrespecting the views of previous Owners of the rock like Paddy Uluru and Anangu climbing guide Tiger Tjalkalyirri
Signage in 1969 comprised the simple and effective message that people climbing are responsible for their own safety.
Tellurometer connection from Ayers rock, NT
The public is hereby notified that the climbing of this rock is a difficult and dangerous feat and that this board accepts no responsibility for injury or loss of life to persons engaged in climbing the rock.
Rescue gear is available at the curator's cottage.
By order of the board. A Prose - Chairman.
Photo of sign sometime in the 1980s. Not certain when this was first erected. By the end of the 1970s there were 5 memorial plaques on the Rock for people who had died on it, 3 from falls and two from heart attacks. Seems this prompted a change in signage at the base. Nothing yet though about any cultural issues with the climb despite hundreds making the climb on a daily basis.
Sometime after the 2010 management plan was introduced the sign was replaced and current sign appears as follows:
If you find any signs from the base missing, or can provide better timing (with evidence), please get in touch.