Parks and forest safety

Visiting parks and forests can be dangerous if you are not aware of local dangers. These tips will help you stay safe.

Safety tips


  • Be prepared and plan your trip
  • Be weather-aware. For weather forecasts and warnings see the Bureau of Meteorology website
  • Drive carefully. Follow normal road rules when driving and take special care when driving on sand.
  • Be wary of wild animals and be very careful about approaching injured animals as they might bite and scratch
  • Never feed or play with wildlife
  • Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to protect yourself from stings, scratches and insect bites
  • Beware of bushfires. If there is a bushfire, follow the track to the nearest road, beach, lake or creek for refuge
  • Think before you drink. Take your own supply of water if possible. If you drink water from creeks or lakes, boil it for at least 5 minutes, filter it or treat it chemically before drinking
  • Take care of your personal property and safety. Limit the valuables you take with you, do not leave valuables in parked cars, and lock your car when you leave it. You should walk in a group, rather than alone.

Read more about safety in parks and forests.


  • Wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes
  • Stay on the track when bushwalking to avoid getting lost. Take a map and follow markers and signs carefully
  • Let someone responsible know your plans in case you get lost
  • Watch your step. Always stay behind safety fences and away from cliff edges
  • Take a backpack with supplies, even for a short walk.

Read more about bushwalking safety.


  • Take care near water and swim with caution. Supervise children around water and always swim at patrolled beaches
  • Be aware of hidden dangers in creeks, lakes, lagoons or the ocean.

Read more about safety when swimming in creeks, lakes, lagoons.

Sun safety

  • Be sun-smart. Wear a hat, shirt and sunscreen—even on overcast days
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Stay in the shade where possible to reduce sun exposure.

Read more about sun safety and skin cancer prevention.