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Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves

18/04/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!

17/04/2019

In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

New Mt Mawson Shelter officially opened ahead of ski season

29/03/2019

The new Mt Mawson Public Shelter was today officially opened and will provide a new level of amenity for southern Tasmania's only ski field, as well as upgraded facilities for bushwalkers heading to the iconic Tarn Shelf walk in Mt Field National Park.More

Before You Walk - Essential Bushwalking Guide

Introduction

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(Photo by Peter Grant)

Tasmania is renowned for its magnificent bushwalking opportunities, but our wilderness can be wild and unforgiving, so proper preparation is essential. Anyone planning a bushwalk in remote areas should watch our video (also available with Mandarin subtitles) on the essential steps for a safe and enjoyable walking experience, and review the information on the following pages.


This is the essential guide to wilderness survival in Tasmania - both your survival in the wilderness and the survival of the wilderness as you walk through it. If Tasmania's national parks and reserves are to remain some of the world's great bushwalking areas a lot depends on you!

The information is aimed at bushwalkers (hikers) who intend to camp out overnight. It won't tell you everything you'll need to know but it will tell you the basics - what to take, what situations you'll need to be prepared for and where to go for more detailed information.

This information is also available inĀ Chinese:



Contents

All the above information is also available as a PDF for download and printing (PDF 1680 Kb)