Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
Research your trip and make the right choices
Match your walks and activities to your abilities, fitness and stamina. Wear good walking shoes and protective clothing for all activities. Always carry water with you.
Check the Bureau of Meteorology’s daily UV Alert.When the UV Index reaches 3 and above, make sure you wear a broad brimmed hat, long sleeves, sunglasses, and apply sunscreen every 2 hours. Try and stay in the shade during the middle of the day when UV levels reach their maximum. For more information on how to protect yourself from sunburn, visit www.sunsmart.com.au
Check the weather
Some parks may be closed due to major weather events. Check for Change of Conditions in the park you plan to visit before you leave. For weather forecasts and warnings, check the Bureau of Meteorology. Always bring protective clothing in case the weather changes.
Be fire aware
Visitors allergic to insect stings, including those with a history of anaphylaxis, should come completely prepared to reduce the likelihood of an incident. Always wear protective footwear, long trousers and long sleeved shirts to avoid insect bites.
Beat the bite!
Mosquitoes can carry diseases that may be passed on to people through mosquito bites. In Australia, some of these include Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and dengue virus. Periods of heavy rainfall or floods can lead to ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes, even in non-tropical areas.
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When camping or having a picnic, be aware that trees and limbs may fall unpredictably. Being under or near trees may be dangerous and could cause injury. Learn more about tree risk
In the event of an emergency, call Triple Zero 000 to access police and emergency services. Be aware that you may travel out of mobile phone range.