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
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.