Bush Walking Safety Tips
The following information may assist you in preparing for your bush walking adventure:
- If your overall health is questionable, or you haven't exercised for a long time, keep to the short and easier graded (Class 1 & Class 2) walking tracks.
- Some walking trails are in the vicinity of cliff edges... so keep to the trails, and supervise children. Also, take extra care of children near waterfalls, as crossings may be slippery.
- Be prepared for rain and cooler temperatures - take a raincoat and extra, warm clothes. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Take plenty of drinking water - at least 2-3 litres per person, plus snacks.
- Don't walk by yourself - a group of four or more is ideal.
- Take a first aid kit and a torch.
- Let someone know your intended rainforest walking route and expected time of return.
- Take a mobile phone with you - some range is available.
- Stick to walking tracks. Ensure you have a good map and, if you're taking full day walk in the rainforest, it may be useful to have a compass with you.
- Don't start long walks after midday, in case it takes longer than you expected, or in case of tiredness or injury. And note that it gets darker earlier during winter times, so plan accordingly.
- Check out our handy hints for planning your rainforest trek.
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