Bushwalkers warned to take care this summer

The Barren Grounds walking track. Photo: Destination Southern Highlands.
The Barren Grounds walking track. Photo: Destination Southern Highlands.

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Police have urged walkers to prepare and take adequate care while exploring the bush this summer. 

A series of incidents throughout NSW have prompted the police to issue a reminder to bush walkers, particularly the inexperienced, to be alert to the potential dangers of walking in the heat. 

Several recent rescues, involving dehydrated and lost walkers, required those in strife to be airlifted to safety. 

Police have asked groups planning to bush walk to be better prepared for the conditions they will encounter.

“Although the thought of bushwalking through the National Park appeals to many people at this time of the year I would encourage members of the public to seek advice before heading off,” Chief Inspector Tim Winmill said.

“Unfortunately, these recent incidents have again shown that inexperienced groups who have not prepared correctly for the conditions can very quickly get into strife.

“Resources from multiple agencies are required to respond for extended periods of time as these search and rescue operations are conducted. This prevents them from attending other emergency situations.”

NSW Police remind walkers to heed the advice of the ‘TREK’ acronym:

  • T - Take adequate supplies of food, water, navigation and first aid equipment.
  • R - Register your planned route and tell friends and family when you expect to return.
  • E - Emergency beacon (PLB's) are available free of charge from NSW Police Force and NPWS.
  • K - Keep to your planned route and follow the map and walking trails.