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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:

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Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)

  • Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are available for loan at several locations in Kosciuszko National Park and Blue Mountains National Park. You can pick one up and complete a trip intention form at the following locations: 
    1. Snowy Region Visitor Centre in Jindabyne
    2. Perisher Visitor Office
    3. Tumut Visitor Centre
    4. Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath
    5. Or at Katoomba or Springwood Police Stations
  • A refundable deposit is required to loan a PLB. They send a signal via satellite to the regional emergency centre 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.

Use a Global Positioning System (GPS) device

  • Global Postioning System (GPS) 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 phone coverage in parks

  • 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