One of many benefits in living in rural areas is living amongst the trees, getting plenty of fresh air and immersing yourself in the natural environment. When stepping into rural or bush environments, you need to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions where required.
If you live near or planning to visit the bushlands, you need to be aware of fire warnings. Stay alert by accessing My Firewatch website for all the up to date warnings. In addition, you can refer to your local state below
- New South Wales: NSW Rural Fire Service
- Victoria: CFA (Country Fire Authority)
- Western Australia: Emergency WA
- Queensland: Queensland Government Rural Fire Services
- Tasmania: Tasmania Fire Service
- Australia Capital Territory: ACT Emergency Services Agency
- South Australia: South Australian Country Fire Service
- Northern Territory: NT Police, Fire & Emergency Services
Bushwalking is a great way to explore the great outdoors, get some fresh air and exercise. With many national parks around Australia each offering different sights and trails, you need to be prepared to stay safe.
Plan your walk
- Choose your trail and do your research including the duration and the difficulty of the walk.
- Tell someone about your plans, including where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- Walk in groups of three people or more. In the event of emergency, one of you will need to stay with the injured person whilst the others get help.
- Check the weather forecasts, park alerts and be aware that weather conditions can change rapidly.
- Download NSW National Parks app and Emergency+ app for location and emergency services information.
On the day
- Many rural and outback locations can vary rapidly in temperature across the day, so it may be necessary to layer on waterproof/ windproof clothes during cold mornings and evenings, with lightweight clothing underneath for when the midday sun hits.
- Wear comfortable and protective shoes.
- Bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Take plenty of food for snacks and at least 2L of water per person.
- Carry your fully charged mobile phone with above apps downloaded.
Be vigilant in your surroundings
- You are entering the natural habit of animals, do not approach, feed or touch any animals especially kangaroos, koalas or wombats. Wild animals may look approachable but can attack.
- Snakes usually avoid humans but may attack if they feel threatened or if you accidentally step on them. Be careful where you walk. If you get bitten by snake, here are the top 5 things you need to do.
- It can be difficult to know if a bite from a spider is dangerous or not. Click here to find the best first aid treatment depending on the type of spider involved.
- Wear insect repellent to ward against mosquitos and other insects.