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Overland Track bookings open with a rush

18/07/2017

Tasmania's iconic world-renowned bushwalks are a key driver behind the boom in visitor numbers to the state, and bookings for the Overland Track walking season have opened with a rush for the peak summer period.More

Works under way to improve safety at Bruny Island Neck

07/07/2017

Bruny Island Main Road at The Neck will soon be a safer environment for road users, visitors and wildlife, with road and car park improvements starting this week.More

Productive summer on the Overland Track

27/06/2017

The Overland Track's summer works program has seen gains in sanitation, historic heritage conservation works and track improvements.More

Hire of Personal Locator Beacons (EPIRBs)

Personal Locator Beacon

 

Personal Locator Beacons

 

Service Tasmania operates a commercial Personal Locator Beacons (or EPIRB) hiring service for all outdoor pursuit enthusiasts.

Units are able to be hired from Service Tasmania shops in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport - phone 1300 135 513. During busy periods, it may be necessary to book.

You will need to present photo identification when collecting your Personal Locator Beacon.

Hires will be on a weekly basis (7 days increments) with a fee of $40.00 per seven days. No refunds are available under any circumstances.

To speed up your hire, complete the PLB (EPIRB) hire form [PDF 184 Kb] and present this at the Service Tasmania counter. Please ensure that you read the terms and conditions of hire.

If you are under 18 and wish to hire a PLB you will need to get your parent or guardian to complete the PLB Parent Guardian Hire Agreement [PDF 56 KB] and follow the procedure above.

All walkers are urged to ensure they always walk within their capabilities. Walk with suitably experienced friends, watch the weather and make your intentions known to family and friends. Ensure they have enough details to aid rescue organisations should you not return by your due date.

Read our online "Before You Walk" information before you set out.

Personal Locator Beacons and EPIRBs can also be hired from www.epirbhire.com.au and www.bushwalkingblog.com.au/plb-hire.

Search and rescue personnel often have to put their own lives at risk when they respond to an EPIRB or PLB signal – it is essential to understand that an EPIRB or PLB must only be activated in a serious emergency situation. 

Further Information

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority hosts a web site on distress beacons (EPIRBs), with information on the change from 1 February 2009 from the analogue 121.5 MHz to the digital 406 MHz distress beacon.