Most importantly, share your plan
There are a few things to consider when you are preparing for a walk in the Sapphire Coast wilderness, even if it is a short walk.
A person needs six litres of water per day and you will appreciate a snack or meal on short walks and something more substantial for the overnighters.
Take a first aid kit, a travel kit for your car can be boosted with sun cream, insect repellent, spray on bandage, antiseptic, space blanket and antihistamine. Include a small container with a list of your allergies and/or medical requirements and emergency contact numbers.
Wear a hat, sturdy, enclosed footwear and take weatherproof clothing. Take your camera or binoculars if you want to birdwatch and whale watch.
Let someone know your plan so they can alert authorities if you’re overdue, and don’t forget to let them know you have returned!
While most tracks are well-marked, it is a good idea take a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
Check weather conditions before setting out, as some of the roads can become boggy when it rains and there may be fire restrictions in the warmer months. Strong rips and currents may be present at waterways – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters. Get one or renew yours here.
As a rough guide for the average party allow one hour for every:
- 3 to 4 km on a smooth flat track
- 1 to 2 km rough terrain
Plus an additional hour for every:
- 500m ascent
- 1000m descent