As the start of winter commences, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is reminding visitors to be well prepared when visiting the state’s parks and reserves.
Winter can be a great time for bushwalking, however it comes with increased hazards which include severe weather and the risk of hypothermia.
PWS Regional Manager for the North West Nic Deka said visitors intending to undertake walks in parks and reserves, particularly those in alpine areas, are urged to choose tracks suited to their experience and fitness level, and are reminded that weather conditions can change quickly.
“We want visitors to enjoy the unique experience of walking in winter in Tasmania and get outdoors and explore, but we want them to do it safely,” Nic said.
“Tasmania’s highlands can experience severe weather and sudden weather changes more frequently at this time of year and walkers should not underestimate the severity of conditions they may experience.
“It is important to follow safety messaging on how to prepare for walks which includes walking within your capabilities and fitness levels, bringing appropriate clothing and equipment, avoid walking alone, letting a reliable person know your plans before you go, recording your trip in the logbooks, and being flexible with plans if conditions change.”
For checklists and information on how to prepare for walks, visit the Safety in Parks page on the PWS website.