Plan, prepare, walk safely
Tasmania’s natural beauty has been a drawcard for visitors and wilderness photographers for many decades. We all play a part in protecting our environment for the future and staying safe while enjoying it.
Plan your walk carefully and do your research - pay attention to the gear you will need and the season. This essential bushwalking guide is a good place to start.
Our weather conditions can change very quickly. Check the forecast before you leave and be prepared for any season. If you’re bushwalking, you must carry warm, windproof and waterproof equipment - that’s for any time of the year, in any region of Tasmania. Here’s more information about bushwalking weather tracking in Tasmania.
Avoid walking alone and always walk within your capabilities. It’s a good idea to hire a Personal Locator Beacon, (or EPIRB) that can be activated in a serious emergency situation and be sure to let someone know your plans before you go. Record your trip intentions in track log books as this will help searchers to locate you if you are reported overdue or missing.
You play a big role in keeping our natural environment healthy. Leave no trace when you’re out there. When you leave a campsite, take all waste with you. Pack it in and pack it out.
It’s important to stay on the formed track (even when it’s muddy) and only camp in designated sites. Good campsites are found, not made. Don’t go off track to take a photograph - consider your personal safety and the safety of the flora and fauna.
Respect our wildlife. Don’t feed or touch animals or birds in Tasmania’s wilderness areas. Never disturb animals or their nests to get a better photograph. NRM South have a useful guide that explores ethical nature photography practices.
Keep safe on Tasmania roads. Our island may look small but travel times can be deceptive so rest up and take your time. Always drive carefully especially on narrow, winding and gravel roads.
Wildlife in Tasmania is prolific with drivers more likely to encounter wildlife between dawn to dusk. Please be alert to animals crossing roads, slow down and help reduce the number of orphaned animals.
If using a drone in areas where it is permitted, always consider your impact on wildlife and other visitors’ enjoyment before you launch. Filming with a drone is not permitted in or over National Parks or reserved land, but you can apply for a permit if it’s for commercial or scientific use.
If there happens to be an emergency, information and community advice can be found at TasALERT, or listen to the local ABC radio station for updates.