Above: Nepean YCLSS bushwalking group, from left Melanie Sheppeard, Josh, Dani, Ariana and Liam (PHOTOS BY SOPHIE BOSCHENOK).
The best way to make use of these great safety tips is actually get out there and perform the activities. To encourage you, we have a story from the young people’s bushwalking group at Nepean YCLSS. See the next blog post.
Rules of bushwalking
- Stay well back from cliff edges
- Make sure you check the weather as it can change quickly in the mountain conditions
Bring enough water and pack some food
- Wear sunscreen and a hat, long sleeves and trousers
- Wear sensible shoes
- Take a map with you of the route you will be taking (these can be attained online or at the information centres all the way up the mountain)
- Reconsider your trip if it has been raining heavily (this can loosen soil and make it quite slippery) or on very hot days (bushfires do happen up there!)
- Take a first aid kit (slips do happen occasionally)
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Never walk alone (especially on harder graded tracks)
- Make sure also to take your rubbish with you and leave the bush untouched. We try and pick up any rubbish we see on the tracks because we are all responsible for Keeping Australia Beautiful