We feel a great sadness when a person dies or is hurt on our land. © Traditional owner.
Uluru is a beautiful but harsh environment. Heat exhaustion, dehydration and hyponatraemia are very real dangers here. You can take some simple steps to keep you and your family safe while out walking in our park.
- Wear a hat, strong shoes and sunscreen
- Carry and drink at least one litre of water per person per hour
- We don't recommend you consume sports drinks, diet cordials or caffinated drinks as they can contribute to dehydration
- Eat regualr meals, take frequent breaks and eat healthy snacks
- Walk in the cooler parts of the day (before 11.00 am)
- Walk with another person at all times
- During your visit, please always follow directions from park rangers - their directions are for your safety
- Stay on marked tracks and in designated visitor areas
- Be aware of your own limitations and supervise children
- Consider taking an electrolyte product with you such as Hydralyte / Gastrolyte to replace lost fluids
- If you have any concerns about your health or fitness we recomment you avoid activities including walking in extreme heat
- Obey all safety directions, notices and warning signs
- Familiarise yourself with the signs of heat stroke and heat related illness (symptoms on 2nd page)
- In Australia in an emergency you ring 000. From mobile phones ring 112
- There are emergency radios at all our walks where you can alert our rangers if you get into trouble
Beat the heat
Temperatures regularly reach 30 degrees Celsius or more at Uluru. Walk only in the cooler parts of the day. In summer we strongly recommend you walk only in the early morning before 11.00 am.
The hottest part of the day at Uluru is between 2.30 pm and 6.30 pm.
Extreme heat - walking track closures
There is a risk of serious heat-related incidents around the base of Uluru due to excessively high temperatures over the summer period (October to March). For visitor safety, portions of the Uluru base walk will be closed in high risk areas, where extreme heat and exposure is the greatest.
When the temperature is forecast to reach 36 degrees and above, the following tracks will close:
- From 11.00 am Valley of the Winds Walk closes at first lookout (Karu Lookout) for the remainder of the day
- From 8.00 am: Uluru Climb closes am for the remainder of the day
When the temperature is forecast to reach 40 degrees and above, the following tracks will close:
- From 11.00 am: The Northeast section of Uluru base walk closes for the remainder of the day
- From 2.00 pm: The Lungkata Walk closes for the remainder of the day
Please drink plenty of water - we advise at least one litre an hour. Even where walks are open, we advise all visitors to walk early in the morning in the cooler part of the day, and complete their walk before 11:00 am.
To find out more on staying safe during periods of extreme heat and the signs of heat sickness, please see our fact sheet.
If you see an injured animal in the park - please notify staff in the Cultural Centre either in person or by phone 08 8956 1128.