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Personal Locator Beacons and GPS

There are many ways technology can help keep you safe in national parks. But it’s still important to plan and prepare for all conditions. Many national parks don't have mobile phone coverage. If you're planning a walk in a remote area, bring a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) as an added safety precaution. 

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What is a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)

A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is also known as an emergency beacon. When activated, it sends a signal via satellite to emergency services.

Where you can hire a PLB for free

You can hire a PLB for free at 13 locations in NSW. When you pick up your PLB, all you have to do is fill in a trip intention form. PLBs are available from:

Kosciuszko National Park

Blue Mountains

Central West

North Coast

South Coast

  • Merimbula office, 47 Merimbula Drive, cnr Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula 2548. Phone: 02 6495 5000

New England

  • Tenterfield office, 10 Miles Street, Tenterfield 2372. Phone: 02 6736 4298
  • Glen Innes office, 68 Church Street, Glen Innes 2370. Phone: 02 6739 0700
  • Walcha office, 188W North Street, Walcha 2354. Phone: 02 6777 4700

If you're visiting a different national park area in NSW, it's a good idea to buy or hire your own PLB and bring it with you in case of emergency. You can get one at quality outdoor supply shops.

Using a PLB

Use a PLB as a last resort. Only activate a PLB if you are in danger or injured. Once activated stay where you are.

Global Positioning System (GPS)

GPS devices use a satellite network to give you your location. Cold weather can affect these batteries so 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 phone coverage in parks

Mobile phones have patchy coverage within NSW national parks and cold weather may affect the batteries. Remember that technology can't guarantee your safety.