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General safety tips

Parks and reserves are natural environments and can be unpredictable. You should plan your journey for all weather conditions. Here are a few general tips to help you stay safe when visiting NSW national parks:

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Emergencies

  • In an emergency, dial Triple Zero (000).
  • Download the Emergency + app before you leave home. It will help emergency services to locate you using your smartphone's GPS. 
  • Always be aware of current park alerts and remember that during a total fire ban no fires may be lit at all.

Weather

  • Check the Bureau of Meteorology website for up-to-date information on current weather conditions.
  • Stay sun safe. If you're outdoors, wear a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen and be sure to take care of children as well.

Exploring a park

  • During your visit, please 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, tell a family member and the local park office of your timings and location.

Wildlife, pests and insects

  • 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. More information about ticks is available on the NSW Health website.

People on 1080 Beach. Photo: Dina Bullivant