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.
What to take
You will need at least six litres of water per day. A snack or meal is a good idea on short walks and when going for longer walks, or overnight its best to pack something more substantial to keep you sustained.
Be medically prepared with a first aid kit. If you already have a car travel kit, you can boost this by adding sun cream, insect repellent, spray on bandage, antiseptic, space blanket and antihistamine. It’s also wise to include a small container with a list of your allergies and/or medical requirements and emergency contact numbers.
Make sure you wear a hat, sturdy enclosed footwear and take weatherproof clothing. Take your camera or binoculars if you want to bird and whale watch.
Before you leave
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 a NSW fishing licence 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
- 1,000m descent