Bush & surf safety

Bush Safety

Stay safe in the bush by following these tips

  • Always plan your trip carefully in advance.
  • Leave written details of your route and expected time of return with a responsible person.
  • Take your time; set a pace that the slowest member of your party can handle.
  • Make sure you have plenty of water, and that you know where fresh water is available along your track.
  • Always carry a well-equipped first aid kit.
  • Never light a campfire on a day of Total Fire Ban or Park Fire Ban – hotline 1800 679 737
  • Keep to tracks and stay behind safety fences.  Watch for uneven or slippery surfaces.
  • Don’t touch or feed native animals.
  • Bring extra clothing and a raincoat in case the weather turns quickly.
  • Wear sunscreen, protective clothing and a hat.
  • If you get lost or injured, consider staying where you are; you’ll be harder to find on the move.
  • Find a sheltered spot, leave something visible for searchers, get as dry as possible and wait.

To learn more about the National Park the volunteers can take you on a walk, talk or tour – ph: 02 9472 9300 or 02 9472 9301 or visit

For more information on coastal walking tracks within the Northern Beaches visit

Beach Safety

Stay safe at the beach by following these tips

  • Always swim under supervision
  • Read and obey the signs
  • If you are unsure of surf conditions, ask a lifesaver
  • Don’t swim directly after a meal
  • Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Never run and dive in the water – even if you have checked before, water conditions can change
  • If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm. Signal for help by raising your hand, float and wait for assistance
  • Learn how to recognise a rip and keep clear of it. A rip can be detected by sand-coloured or rippled water running out to sea. The waves may also be larger and breaking further out to sea on both sides of the rip.