National park warning

Following the recent high rainfalls, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is asking visitors to take a few precautions to ensure they enjoy a safe holiday period.

NPWS spokesperson Sally Barnes said national parks visitors would be in for a treat thanks to the most rain NSW had experienced for many years.

“Family and friends love to get together in national parks over summer and we see a huge increase in visitors to our parks,” Ms Barnes said.

“This season visitors will see the best of nature on show with the recent rain turning everything green, filling wetlands, waterfalls and waterholes and attracting a great abundance of wildlife.

“NPWS will be running a range of Discovery tours and activities for all ages in parks across the state to highlight the spectacular water events.

“However, the effect of the torrential rain also means people need to be mindful of the different conditions which we don’t normally see at this time of year.

“Roads and tracks can be slippery, trees can be weakened by the sodden soil and canyons and rivers may be full and gushing.

“In addition NPWS is still working to repair some tracks and facilities damaged by recent deluges may be closed.

“NPWS advises people check the local conditions and park information before they head out to their parks these holidays.”

Ms Barnes also reminded visitors of the top tips for a safe holiday in national parks:

* Contact the national park office or local visitor centre to ask about local conditions, tracks, creek or river water levels and fire danger.

* Obey all local fire bans.

* If hiking take a Personal Locator Beacon.

* Leave full details of any planned walk or activity with a relative or other responsible person.

* Allow plenty of time to finish any activity in daylight and pack extra food, water and warm clothing.

* Be prepared as weather can change quickly.

* Keep to tracks and stay behind safety fences.

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