Stay Safe in Extreme Conditions!
Uluru is a very beautiful environment, but it is also quite harsh. Things to be aware of include heat exhaustion, dehydration and hyponatremia (loss of blood salts), as these are all real dangers. Here are some simple steps to keep you and your friends or family safe, whilst on Tour in Central Australia;
- You will need to wear a hat (preferably one that protects the back of your neck also), a pair of strong shoes for walking and hiking, and sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
- Water Bottles! All passengers must carry and drink at least one litre of water per person per hour, to avoid dehydration (symptoms only show when dehydration has already begun to affect the body, this has the potential to affect everyone in the tour group).
- Sports drinks, caffeinated drinks, diet cordials etc are not recommended, as these can contribute to dehydration (but we know you will discover a new love for the taste of cool fresh water when you are here).
- Eat regular meals and take breaks frequently. Keep energy levels up with snacks such as muesli bars and fruit (we have a lot of snacks for you on tour, but you might want to bring your favourite snacks).
- Do walks or hikes in the cooler times of the day, typically the morning (before 11am) is the best, but always avoid hiking in the hotter hours (between 12 midday and 3pm if possible).
- Always keep to the walking tracks, which change slightly over the years and seasons (depending on vegetation and visibility to sacred sites). It is easy to become disorientated in the desert.
- Always walk with at least one other person. During the tour, we explain options for people with different ability and energy levels. Your guide is responsible for your safety, so please help them by following any safety instructions given.
- Consider packing an electrolyte product. This will help you to replace lost fluids quicker than sipping water, and are readily available in any supermarket or pharmacy.
- If you have any concerns about your health or physical fitness, in relation to hikes etc, you should consider avoiding activities which are in extreme heat.
- Heed all warning and advice seriously. Our priority is your safety and positive experience.
- Become familiar with the general symptoms of dehydration, heat stress and heat stroke. Your guide will provide you with more information prior to hikes, including what to look out for, and how to look after each other as a group.
Special thanks to the Commonwealth Government, Northern Territory Government, Parks Australia, and Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, for helping us to provide this great information for passengers.