Visitor safety

Visitor safety

Travelling in remote regions

When planning to travel into the remote regions of the Alinytjara Wiluṟara region, the most important thing to ensuring your safety is careful preparation. Driving through Australia’s remote and rugged areas requires careful planning and preparation before heading into remote areas.

It is important that you ensure you have:

  • a roadworthy vehicle fitted with GPS and two spare tyres
  • good maps
  • extra food, water and fuel
  • an emergency plan

Plan your route carefully and notify a third party of your expected arrival. Check road conditions before beginning your journey, stay with your vehicle if it breaks down and avoid travelling in extreme heat conditions. If driving a conventional vehicle through remote areas, drive slowly on unsealed, dusty or narrow roads and always check road conditions before turning off major roads.

Remember that mobile phones have limited coverage in remote areas, so check your phone provider for coverage. The safest option is to have a satellite phone.

Walking in remote regions

When walking in remote regions, remember to:

  • avoid snake and spider bites by wearing protective footwear and taking care not to provoke a situation
  • if bitten, seek immediate medical attention
  • wear protective footwear, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • if possible take a topographic map and plenty of water
  • don’t feed or play with native animals, you might get scratched or bitten

Medical assistance

For all emergencies phone 000

Royal Flying Doctor Service

For 24-hour medical and emergency assistance call:

  • SA (Outback Areas): 1800 RFDS SA (1800 733 772)
  • HFRadio: (4010kHz, 6890kHz or 8165kHz)
  • SatelliteTelephone: 08 8648 9555 or +61 1800 RFDS SA (+61 1800 733772)

Health services and clinics)

  • Coober Pedy Hospital: Ph (08) 8672 5009
  • Ceduna District Health Service: Ph (08) 8626 2110
  • Oodnadatta Health Service: Ph (08) 8670 7803
  • Tullawon Health Service (Yalata): Ph (08) 8625 6237 (Clinic); 0427 256 237 (Emergency)
  • Yulara Health Centre: Ph (08) 8956 2286 (Clinic); (08) 8956 2286 (Emergency)
  • Amata Clinic: Ph (08) 8956 2910
  • Fregon Clinic: Ph (08) 8956 2918
  • Iwantja (Indulkana) Clinic: Ph (08) 8670 7986
  • Mimili Clinic: Ph (08) 8956 2974
  • Pipalyatjara Clinic: Ph (08) 8956 7503
  • Pukatja (Ernabella) Clinic: Ph (08) 8956 2946