Know the park and know the conditions of the park before you go. Use this website to thoroughly research your trip including reading park brochures and finding out the facilities available.
Check Park Alerts and contact the local Parks and Wildlife offices for up-to-date track conditions, river or creek water levels and fire danger. The Bureau of Meteorology website provides up-to-date information on current weather conditions. Local shire offices provide total fire ban information and latest road conditions. Tune in to ABC Local Radio for broadcasts. You can also find alerts and the current fire danger rating on the Fire and Emergency Services website.
Notify people you trust
It is recommended that you inform friends, family and/or police of your travel dates and the locations you plan to visit (your itinerary) during your travels into parks and reserves in Western Australia. Provide them with regular updates to ensure they know where you are. Agree on what they should do if you are overdue or do not return when you said you would. Provide sufficient detail so that they have the information needed to get help if required.
Some of our parks and trails have self-registration stations and for some remote region parks, visitors should register with the local Parks and Wildlife office. These registrations should be completed in addition to informing your own trusted person or persons, not as an alternative.
Trip intention form
Filling out a trip intention form could save your life.
Complete this form and leave it with a reliable friend, family member or responsible person. Ask them to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned and/or contacted them by the agreed time.
Do not send this form to Parks and Wildlife Services, WA Police or other government agency.
There will be times when, in the interests of visitor safety and environmental protection, parks and reserves are closed or have restricted access.
This could be because of:
- Bushfires, floods or another natural disasters and the aftermath of these events.
- Fire prevention measures including prescribed burning.
- Forecast high Fire Danger Ratings
- Maintenance and facility development works and visitor safety works.
- Management works including pest control operations and land rehabilitation.
As far as possible closures for programmed conservation, maintenance or development work are scheduled to minimise impact on visitors. When closures are unplanned, reopening will take place at the earliest oppotunity. Notice of closures can be found from the 'Alerts' menu.
For up-to-date information, also contact the local Parks and Wildlife office closest to your destination and please observe any park and road closure signs and directions from department staff.
Please heed visitor risk warnings shown on signs that display this symbol . Hazard warning signs are placed there for your protection and safety.
Bushfire Safety on Trails
To keep yourself safe during this bushfire season:
- Plan your visits for cooler periods of the year, avoiding the hot summer months.
- Check the Fire Danger Rating and do not go on or remain on the trails if the forecast is Very High or above.
- Do not do extended multi-day trips as it is not possible to keep up with changing conditions (extremely limited mobile phone coverage) and it is difficult to self-evacuate from the trail at short notice.
- Avoid remoter sections of the trail where there is limited vehicle access.
- Abide by all trail closure signage, and any instructions from Parks and Wildlife and other emergency staff.
Trails and parks may be closed on days when the Fire Danger Rating is Very High or above. Check these websites when planning your walks:
- www.emergency.wa.gov.au – information about Fire Danger Ratings, current warnings and incidents
- www.bom.gov.au – for weather forecasts and Fire Danger Ratings