Travelling in the NT, Northern Territory, Australia

Walking and hiking safety

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Signs, Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia

Walking is an incredibly rewarding way to see the Northern Territory's natural beauty up close. Before you hit the Territory trails, ensure you obtain local advice about the area where you will be travelling, and always tell someone your plan and when you expect to return.

Clothing and equipment

Protect yourself against sun exposure by wearing a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, and wear insect repellent and sturdy footwear with thick socks. Carry appropriate safety equipment, such as an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), satellite phone and first aid kit, plus a compass, map, whistle and a lighter.

Tracks and trails

Read maps and signs carefully – some areas require permits to enter so check this before setting out. Make sure your chosen trail is suitable to your level of fitness, and consider signing up a guide for long or difficult walks. Stay on walking tracks, behind safety barriers and well back from cliff edges and waterfalls.

Weather

Check the weather forecast and be prepared for unexpected changes. Avoid walking during the hottest part of the day and keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water: at least one litre of water for every hour of walking in very warm weather.

Wildlife

Be mindful that snakes inhabit most areas of the Territory, so be cautious when walking through long grass. Do not feed or play with native animals as they may scratch or bite.

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