VISITORS to Western Australia’s national parks, which abound in our readership area, are being urged to be prepared before setting off on a trip this summer.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, which manages WA’s national parks, is reminding visitors to check on camping tips, bushwalking advice, water hazards and other safety information prior to visiting national parks.
Safety hazards in parks are being constantly reviewed to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit.
With the bushfire season now with us with the chance of extreme or catastrophic fire danger ratings increased, popular parks may also be closed while in some cases parks or trails will be proactively closed.
Meanwhile, parks that are regularly impacted by hot weather will have safety messages on signage, in park brochures and on park specific webpages.
Environment Minister Reece Whitby said Western Australia has a wonderful range of options when it comes to national parks and marine parks.
“The wide-open spaces, diversity and wildlife offer great rewards to visitors, but they can present challenges.
“That’s why it’s important for visitors to plan their trip and ensure they have enough water, food and fuel when travelling.”
To help you stay safe, plan your trip to one of WA’s national parks by visiting the ‘Know before you go’ section at www.exploreparks.dbca.wa.gov.au and for park, road and trail closures go to www.alerts.dbca.wa.gov.au