How To Walk Safely
Gippsland is a large area with a wide variety of landscapes from the alpine areas to the coastline and forests and countryside in between. It is important that you are aware of the environment you will be walking in before you begin. To assist you with this, please read the following and ensure you are responsibly prepared before starting out on your walk.
- check the weather forecast before you go (www.bom.gov.au)
- know where you are going and carry a detailed map and compass if required
- walk within your capabilities - be prepared to turn back if weather deteriorates or the walk is more difficult than expected
- stay on walking tracks
- let someone know before you go and advise them of your safe return
- be self-sufficient with drinking water
- take clothing and equipment to suit changeable weather and track conditions
- avoid walking alone - small groups of about four are ideal (especially on longer walks)
Alpine Areas: The best walking period lasts from early November until late March as the area is usually snow covered during winter and early spring. Weather conditions can change rapidly at any time of the year though, so please be prepared with the appropriate clothing, footwear, food and water supplies and safety equipment.
Mobile Phones: Be aware that mobile phones may not work in some of the more remote areas of Gippsland.
Wheelchair Access: If you are not sure, contact a local Visitor Information Centre to discuss whether the pathways and conditions may be right for you.
If walking in a National Park always check with Parks Victoria before travelling for up to date information on the status of walking tracks and any relevant fire warnings.
Telephone: 13 19 63
Traveller safety information for Bushfire prone areas:
If walking in a State Forest always check the Department of Sustainability & Environment (DSE) website before travelling for up to date information on the status of walking tracks: www.dse.vic.gov.au
Please note: Maps provided in this website are indicative only. Please ensure you obtain a detailed map and information before commencing your walk.