Bush Walking:
Handy Hints to Assist Your Planning



The following information may assist you in preparing for your bush walking adventure: Elabana Falls near O’Reilly’s, Lamington National Park, Queensland TQ

  • Take a camera – you’ll be tempted often to take photos of this beautiful region!
  • Take insect repellent to keep away ticks, flies and mosquitoes. Wearing a brimmed hat on your walk through the rainforest will also reduce chance of a tick landing on your head.
  • Whilst you may frequently be protected from the sun by the rainforest canopy, it’s still good practice to wear sunscreen on your face and exposed skin… just in case.
  • Take snacks for longer rainforest walks and hikes.
  • Toilets and drinking water are often unavailable once your walk commences, so be sure to carry plenty of drinking water with you - and be prepared to duck behind a tree in true Aussie bush style if you can’t hold the call of nature until your return!
  • Take a hand trowel and roll of unbleached toilet paper for longer treks.
  • Wear well-worn (ie. not new!) joggers or boots for your rainforest walk, with good ankle support. Thongs and sandals are not recommended.
  • Take a lightweight jacket or sweater with you (even in summer) as the higher you climb, the cooler it becomes.
  • Rain is a common, often sudden occurrence on Mount Warning and in other rainforest areas – so leave a towel and dry change of clothes (and some deodorant) in your vehicle for your return, just in case needed for the trip home.
  • At the end of your walk, check your body for ticks – including scalp, behind ears and knees, groin, and so on. Remove ticks with tweezers, getting as close to the skin as possible.
  • Check out our practical safety tips for bush walkers.
  • Read our guidelines for how you can minimise your personal impact on the environment.

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