It's great to escape city life and go bushwalking, cycling, picnicking or cycling in national parks and reserves. However, these are natural environments so you need to take some precautions. Many parks are remote and rugged places, weather can change quickly, rivers, lakes and the sea may be unpredictable. The wildlife in national parks should always be treated with respect and you should avoid approaching or feeding them. When visiting national parks be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of any children in your care. Remember to plan ahead, and choose your walks and activities to match your stamina and fitness level. Protect your skin from sunburn by using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing and a hat.
For tips and information on staying safe on your visit, check out the following pages.
Murray Valley Encephalitis warning
Find out more about how you can avoid or reduce the risk of being infected.
Staying safe in national parks
No matter where you're going or what you're doing, prepare and stay safe by following these guidelines.
For an enjoyable and safe bushwalking experience, plan ahead and take precautions. Find out more.
You need to be careful when swimming in the ocean or walking around rockpools. Find out more.
If you're planning a backcountry skiing trip in Kosciuszko National Park, you'll need this information.
Get some tips on staying safe and minimising your environmental impact when you go canyoning.
Caves are unique and special places to visit - find out what you can do to prepare and stay safe when caving.
Responsible road and mountain cycling
You'll find a wealth of cycling experiences in national parks. When cycling in parks or reserves, keep the following points in mind.
Driving in the snow
Find out about alpine road conditions and when to carry snow chains.
Driving in the outback
Learn how to prepare yourself and your vehicle for a trip out west.
Bushfire in NSW
If you're planning a visit to a park or a reserve during the fire season (usually October to March), you should read this information.