| Find City | Sydney Australia Bushwalking is considered one of the most enjoyable past times for Sydneysiders. All you need for a wonderful afternoon surrounded by Australia's flora and fauna is a passion for nature and wilderness. New South Wales has been more than blessed with a huge amount of national parks scattered throughout so you can be sure that no matter where you are, there's a park near you that is just crying out to explore.
To learn more about the parks, see Parks at a Glance.
If you haven't already guessed, then you know that the Australian climate can be quite demanding. On a hot afternoon in the summer months, the temperature can rise as high as 45 degrees which can often leave the average tourist feeling hot and lethargic. Most Sydneysiders are probably used to the heat so they don't take much notice of it but for a tourist who is unused to this, this can caused a lot of problem.
To protect yourself, always bring along a bottle of sun block, preferably with a UV tolerance of above 15 plus. (the higher the tolerance of the sun block, the better for you and your skin) There are also a few things you need to bring along when you go bushwalking. A shoulder pack is ideal for carrying things. You should consider bringing along at least 2 litres of water, comfortable hiking boots, a hat and sunglasses. Jeans may get hot as you do your bushwalk but it may save you from scratches and other nasty injuries. However, most people usually opt for a t-shirt and shorts. You should also include in your pack an emergency kit that include headache pills, stomach pills, bandages, iodine, salt, surgeon scissors and a pen knife.
It is quite easy to get lost when you are doing one of your bushwalk so use your common sense and stick to the path. Should you get lost, you should always a have compass to help guide you back or emergency flares to signal for help. A thermal blanket is very useful as temperatures can drop quite alarmingly during night fall. As a precaution, always inform somebody where you are going be it a friend, neighbour or even the hotel receptionist.
As mentioned before, Australia is a dry continent so you can expect the environment to be fairly dry. In the summer months, when it is the driest, camp fires are not permitted due to the fragile nature of the land. A single spark from the camp fire could cause disaster and the penalty of lighting one in a restricted area is severed. You can light fires using a bunsen burner which can be rented or bought from various hardware store or in the park's visitor centre. There are also BBQ areas which are located close to the picnic or camping grounds of the park.
There are a few creatures that you need to be aware of. The red back spider is considered one of the deadliest spiders in Australia. (The funnel web spider is the most deadliest - there are currently no antidotes for it) The spiders can be found anywhere from the branches in the most remote parks to the inside of your shoes and is easily recognizable by its bright red markings on its abdomen. If you are bitten by one, stop the flow of blood to the affected area by tying a string or something strong above the area. Seek help immediately. It is unlikely that you could get bitten by a taipan or tiger snakes but it is good to be cautious. The general rule is look but do not provoke.
Respect nature by not taking anything from the park. They are there for you to view and enjoy. Road paths that are clearly meant for walking and not riding a horse or using a motorcycle should be respected. By keeping to this rule, you will help preserve and maintain the flora and fauna for future generations.
(02) 9548-1228 (Conferderation of Bushwalking Clubs NSW)
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