Staying safe in parks

Enjoying parks safely this summer

It looks like it’s going to be a long, hot summer in Western Australia. 

  • By Rachel Hutton
  • 3rd January, 2024

Exploring the state's national, marine, and conservation parks can do wonders for your health and well-being. However, as temperatures rise and bushfires become more common, it's important to prioritise your safety while venturing into parks. 

Here are some easy-to-follow tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit. 

Plan ahead 

Before heading out, take the time to plan your visit, even if it's just for a day. Research the park thoroughly and be well-prepared for the summer conditions. Familiarise yourself with the safety information on the Explore Parks WA website.  

Stay informed 

Check Park alerts regularly for updates. Stay informed about Emergency incidents in Western Australia and monitor the Fire Danger Rating and weather on the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website. 

Water supply 

Water is not guaranteed to be supplied in parks so always carry enough for your needs. As a minimum, carry and drink 1 litre of water per hour of walking, per person. 

Notify someone 

Share your plans with friends or family members. Inform them of your itinerary, where you're going, and when they can expect your return. Stay in touch while you're away and establish a plan in case you encounter any delays. 

Know your limits 

Avoid unnecessary risks by knowing your limits. Carry sufficient water, maps and ensure you can handle any equipment breakdowns. Drive safely and be prepared for unexpected weather changes. 

Emergency communication 

Keep in mind that many parks have limited or no mobile coverage. If you're venturing into remote areas, consider carrying an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). 

By following these simple guidelines, you can make the most of your summer park visits while ensuring your safety is a top priority.