Bushwalking safety tips

People ridding through bushland Summer presents the perfect opportunity to venture outdoors and walk your way through some of our regions most stunning bushland.

With the sun out and summer in full swing, there’s never been a better time to venture outdoors and explore nature parks and reserves across the ACT.

Escape the rapid race of the city by hiking through bushland and climbing steep pathways for breathtaking views of endless greenery.

From Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to Namadgi National Park, Canberra offers numerous bushwalking tracks that are as diverse as our community. Some of the more popular bushwalking tracks worth spending a day out for include: the Square Rock trail at Namadgi, the Sanctuary or Lyrebird Trail within Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Mount Painter, Red Hill Lookout, National Arboretum Canberra Black Mountain, and Mount Ainslie. Some track and trails are even available on Google Street Views.

Whether you are a beginner or professional hiker, are looking to take the kids out for the day, or simply want to go for a run with the dog, here are some simple tips to ensure you stay safe during your walk.

  • Plan your walk: Make sure you’re aware of how hard the walk is. If you’re comfortable with what to expect then it won’t throw any challenging surprises. Weather conditions can change quickly, so always check the weather forecast before you depart.
  • Tell somebody: Let someone know where you are headed and when you are expected to return. If you get lost or hurt yourself they will be able to raise an alarm.
  • Stay on track: For your own safety, stick to the signposted tracks. This is to also protect the landscape and native animals who don’t like to be disturbed.
  • Bring the essentials: A mobile phone is handy for tricky situations, but if you’re headed remotely consider taking a locator beacon. The most important thing to bring though is plenty of water (and maybe a snack) especially on a very hot day.
  • Dress to the conditions: Always wear closed toe footwear and wear appropriate clothing. A waterproof jacket is lightweight and always handy.