Prioritise safety in NSW national parks this long weekend

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is urging visitors to prioritise safety in national parks this long weekend, with predicted high temperatures and strong winds likely to lead to high fire danger conditions.

Two adults watching two children play in the water at Boat Beach, Myall Lakes National Park

NPWS Acting Director Hunter Central Coast Anthony Signor said the service is mindful of visitor safety risks over the long weekend.

'With hot and windy conditions predicted this weekend, we’re on high alert for incidents, particularly around fire and water safety,' said Mr Signor.

'If you’re planning a trip to a national park in the region this weekend, also remember that parks are natural environments and can be unpredictable – exercise caution, take heed of any fire warnings or park closures, and be well-prepared.

'Park fire bans have been established in a number of parks between Newcastle and Port Macquarie. This means you cannot light a campfire or use a solid-fuel barbecue or stove within the national park while the ban is in place.

'Keep an eye on the NPWS Alerts webpage, which will have the most up-to-date information about park closures and fire restrictions, and make sure you’ve got the NSW Rural Fire Service’s Hazards Near Me app downloaded on your phone.

'Hot temperatures can also lead to dehydration, so make sure you carry an ample supply of water to keep yourself hydrated throughout your visit.

'We know the heat will also drive many of us to one of our region’s beautiful beaches, but please keep water safety top of mind this long weekend.

'While an unpatrolled beach in a national park is appealing, it’s much safer to choose a patrolled beach for your long weekend swim.

'You can find your nearest patrolled beach by visiting,' said Mr Signor.

For more information on staying safe in NSW national parks, visit the NPWS website.