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Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves


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

Easter is a special time for many Tasmanians to seek experiences in our national parks and we want everyone to do so with safety in mind.

Visitors intending to undertake walks in our parks and reserves, regardless of whether the walk is for an hour or a number of days, need to appreciate how quickly weather conditions can change, especially in alpine areas. With winter just around the corner it is timely to remind walkers of the Walk Safely messages promoted by PWS.

Last year PWS released a special safety video that promotes the safety messages and allows everyone, from all backgrounds to better understand how to be properly prepared for walking in Tasmania.

The Walk Safely messages and the video are featured on the PWS YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/PWSTasmania and the PWS website pages https://www.parks.tas.gov.au/safety .

All walkers are strongly encouraged to view the video and heed the messages, but particularly those choosing overnight walks in alpine areas. Tasmania’s highlands can experience severe weather, particularly during winter, and walkers should not underestimate the severity of conditions they may experience.

The messages are:

Plan to walk safely. Know your way and walk within your capabilities. Choose walks suited to your experience and fitness. Seek advice from experienced walkers or ask local PWS staff about tracks and conditions.

Be prepared. Walkers need to take clothing and equipment to suit changeable weather and track conditions. Ensure you have suitable warm and waterproof clothing, food and the equipment necessary for overnight walks including a tent. Recommended equipment lists can be found by visiting the PWS website. Experienced walkers, PWS staff or outdoor equipment stores can also offer advice. 

Avoid walking alone. It is strongly recommend that people don’t walk alone. If you choose to walk alone, consider taking a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) which can be activated if a life-threatening situation occurs.

Let a reliable person know your plans, before you go. And, be sure to advise them of your safe return. They can be your safety net and raise the alarm if you fail to return as planned.

Record your trip intentions in the log books. This will help searchers to locate you if you are reported overdue or missing.

Be flexible. Be prepared to turn back or change plans if severe weather is forecast or eventuates during the walk. People have died making the decision to push on when they should have turned back or stayed put.

We want people to enjoy the special experience of walking in winter in Tasmania, but we want them to do it safely.

PWS applies a consistent, contemporary approach to managing the risks of people choosing adventures in our parks and reserves, including providing information in visual formats and in other languages. Ultimately though, walkers must accept their personal responsibility for ensuring they are well informed and prepared for the adventures they choose.