Bushwalking Tasmania – Always Be Prepared
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Tasmania has variable and changeable weather during all times of the year. So, be prepared! Locals know about our weather, but all too often visitors find themselves bushwalking in Tasmania and not being properly prepared for what the elements have in store. A lot of Tassie’s walking tracks are out in the south-west and out in the wilderness world heritage area alpine country where the weather can change very quickly. Low visibility, after a fog or thick mist rolls in, will make navigating your track challenging. It’s also a common misconception that you won’t get sunburnt in Tasmania – nothing could be further from the truth! Carry sunblock, a good hat and plenty of water to keep hydrated.

You should always plan to carry most if not all of the following items when doing more substantial bushwalks in Tasmania.

  • A suitable hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Waterproof clothing, thermals
  • Layers which you can add or remove
  • A spare set of dry clothes to change into
  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or boots
  • Gloves, beanie
  • First Aid Kit
  • Map, compass, smartphone (please note in a lot of areas there won’t be covered, so plan to store maps offline before walking)
  • Torch and batteries
  • Sufficient food

Also, as part of pre-planning do the following:

  • Make sure you have carefully checked the weather for the walk you are planning
  • Let friends and family know where you are planning to walk
  • Fill out walker registration books
  • Carry the right equipment for your walk
  • Plan your map carefully, study the walk you are planning to do

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