By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 02:32 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 02:32 BST, 1 September 2019
Joe Hildebrand has opened up about the 'sorrowful' act he now regrets committing on top of Uluru when he was younger.
As thousands flock to the nation's centre to climb the sacred landmark before a ban on scaling the rock is enforced on October 26, the Studio 10 presenter weighed into the debate that has divided Australians.
In an opinion piece for news.com.au, Hildebrand recalled his first visit to Uluru as a seven-year-old when it was then known as Ayers Rock.
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Joe Hildebrand (pictured) is now remorseful on what he did on top of Uluru as a young boy
After his family climbed and reached the top of the Uluru, his mother suggested to her young son he relieve himself before they headed back down.
'I ran off to a secluded place — I think there was even a small pool of water and some scrub for cover — and did what I was told,' Hildebrand wrote.
'The worst part of this is not what was just a bit of unthinking parental housekeeping, but that I was far from alone. Visitors have been urinating, defecating and leaving rubbish on top of Uluru for decades.'
Climbing Australia's oldest and most sacred monument will be banned from October 26
Hildebrand described the 'sorrowful' act as similar 'going to St Peter's Basilica and taking a dump on the altar.'
There would be no repeat acts when an older and wiser Hildebrand returned Uluru several years ago, where he opted against against climb.
'I walked around it, stared at it,