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Personal Locator Beacons, GPS and technology for your safety

There are many ways technology can help keep you safe – however, it’s still important to note our advice on planning, preparing and watching weather conditions. Rescues in the mountains can be hampered by poor weather and remote locations. Read the following tips for using technology in the alpine region:

Read more about Personal Locator Beacons, GPS and technology for your safety


  • Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are available for loan at 3 locations in Kosciuszko National Park. You can pick one up from Snowy Region Visitor Centre in Jindabyne, Perisher Visitor Office, or Tumut Visitor Centre, when you drop in to complete a trip intention form on the dedicated iPads.
  • A refundable deposit is required to loan a PLB. They send a signal via satellite to the emergency centre in Canberra but keep in mind that helicopters can only fly if the weather in the mountains permits.
  • Only activate a PLB if you are in danger or injured, and once activated stay where you are.
  • GPS (Global Positioning System) devices use a satellite network to give you your location. Cold can also affect these batteries. Don’t rely solely on your GPS.
  • You’ll get the most benefit by combining a GPS with topographic maps and a compass. Make sure you know how to use your maps and the compass.
  • Mobile phones have patchy coverage within the park and cold weather may affect the batteries
  • The analogue EPIRB network has shut down

Winter snow and snow gums in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer