Staying safe in national parks
It’s great to explore and experience NSW’s national parks – naturally, we encourage you to see and do as much as possible. We also want you and your companions to stay safe.
Remember that parks are natural environments and can be unpredictable, and you should plan your journey for all weather conditions. You’re welcome to contact individual park offices for information on park safety. Generally, however, a bit of planning and foresight makes all the difference.
A few general pointers
- In an emergency, dial 000.
- Always be aware of current park alerts and remember that during a total fire ban no fires may be lit at all.
- Fire Rescue NSW has released Emergency +, an app for both iPhone and Android that will help emergency staff locate you by using your smartphone's GPS functionality. Please download prior to departure.
- Mobile phone reception varies from park to park. To find out more about mobile phone reception in a NSW national park or reserve, please contact the local park office prior to departure.
- The Bureau of Meteorology website provides up-to-date information on current weather conditions.
- During your visit, please always follow directions from park rangers - it will be for your safety.
- Keep to marked tracks and designated visitor areas, be aware of your own limitations and supervise children.
- If you’re heading off for a walk, ensure you and all members of your group are comfortable with the activity, and that you’re prepared for all possible weather conditions. Before embarking on a long bush walk in remote locations, notify a family member and the local park office of your timings and location.
- Always remember that wildlife is just that – wild. If an animal feels cornered or trapped, it will protect itself. We ask you not to feed wildlife as it may change their behaviour towards humans, and possibly lead to aggression. If you are threatened by wildlife, stay calm, keep eye contact, back away, do not run.
- In a natural environment there is sometimes no escape from pests including mosquitoes, ticks and insects. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing to prevent bites, spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellent and reapply as directed, particularly if camping – and be sure to close that tent flap at night. Further information is available at NSW Health.
- Stay sun safe. If you’re outdoors, you need a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen. Be sure to take care of children as well.