Travel Safety

Travel Safety: Potential hazards exist for unprepared visitors

Visiting the Tarkine is a wonderful and rewarding experience but travel safety is very important considering that the Tarkine also contains potential hazards for visitors that are not prepared.

The following points can be of help to you when visiting the Tarkine:

  • The weather in the Tarkine can change very quickly; hot and sunny conditions can change to rainy, cold and even snowy conditions in a very short time.
  • The Tarkine coast also needs to be carefully evaluated as storm surges, swells, undercurrents, and freak waves are all potential dangers.
  • The rivers of the Tarkine can flood quickly with substantial rain.
  • Taking a map is very important when walking anywhere in the Tarkine so that maximum information is available to you.
  • Plan your trip thoroughly and let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Don’t walk alone except on short easy walks with high volume traffic.
  • Pick your season for walking. Some walks are suitable for all seasons and some are not.
  • Do not rush your trip. Distance and timing is essential in planning your Tarkine adventure.
  • Recognise your limitations in relation to distance and walk difficulty rating. It is best to start walks early in the day if possible.
  • It is also advisable to remain on clearly marked and well formed tracks. It is very easy to become lost in the thick vegetation of the Tarkine.

For more detailed information on Tasmania’s wilderness please contact:

  • Parks & Wildlife Service
  • 1300 135 513
  • www.parks.tas.gov.au

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