Hiking around Uluru is a fun adventure – one you’ll want to remember forever, for the right reasons! Here’s how to stay safe and make the most of your trek.
Stay hydrated: Carry and drink one litre of water per person per hour to avoid dehydration. Consider using an electrolyte product to replenish lost fluids if you’re sweating a lot or embarking on an extra-long hike, but caffeinated drinks or sports drinks can be dehydrating and shouldn’t be used in place of water.
Don’t overdo it: Take lots of breaks, go slower than you think you need to, and don’t wait until you’re hungry to eat something. A hike is not a race, so take your time and enjoy the outing to avoid overexerting yourself.
Obey signage: Please stay on marked trails. Not only does this keep you safe, it’s also crucial for protecting the delicate desert ecosystem and respecting Anangu beliefs around the sacred areas of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Heed all signage and notices, including instructions provided by park rangers.
Bring a buddy: Don’t hike alone. Make sure that you bring a hiking partner with you and let someone else know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
Give animals space: The Outback is home to plenty of creatures great and small. You’ll want to keep an eye out for the king brown snake, a large, venomous snake that can reach lengths of up to three metres. Generally, it will only bite if it’s disturbed. If you see any snakes in the desert, keep your distance.
The dingo is a wild animal that’s part of the dog family. They’re shy of humans and prefer to prey on small desert animals, but they may watch people from a distance. While they may look cute, they’re wild animals and shouldn’t be approached by humans.