Travel Information - U
Uluru (Ayers Rock) has a special place in the local Anangu people's lore and stories of creation, known as Tjukurpa, which Aboriginal guides explain on tours around the base. These stories are depicted in displays at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, along with audiovisual presentations of the history of the park and how it is managed. The centre also operates Maruka Arts and Crafts, an Aboriginal cooperative which shows and sells the works of more than 800 traditional artists from Central and Western Australia. Uluru is the Aboriginal name for a rock hole.
Just a reminder about beach safety. Do not attempt to wade in the surf away from the flags or the crowds as a 'rip' or the undertow of receding waves can be so strong as to knock you off you feet and drag you to sea. If caught, concentrate on staying afloat by 'treading water' and wave one arm from side to side above your head. If there are no flags, the beach is not patrolled and you should play safe and not swim there.
- Visitors with children should never allow them to enter the water without supervision. Do not swim at night or when the beach is deserted. If you get into trouble, no one will see or hear you. Do not swim within an hour of having a substantial meal as this can induce body cramps which make swimming difficult or impossible.
- Do not swim alone at a beach which is not patrolled. If you must swim outside patrolled areas, stay close to other bathers and make sure they are locals who know the beach, and not other visitors.
Most roads in Australia are sealed and generally those that aren't are in good condition. However, if venturing into the outback a 4WD is recommended as heavy rains can change a good road into a poor one overnight.