Want a winter adventure? Preparation is key.

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by Sean Murphy

There’s no escaping it, winter is well and truly here.  After our long hot and humid summer, we never thought it was actually going to happen, but it has arrived in full force.

Unlike Westeros where winter has been coming for what seems like ages, temperatures in Australia have plummeted just as dramatically.  With more cold snaps on their way it’s important to be prepared before venturing out into the wilderness.  From spending time with family, organising a large group, or spending time with that special someone, there’s nothing better than being one with nature and savouring those winter landscapes. 

The most important thing is to do your research.  Know exactly where you chose to do your hike or where you intend to set up camp.  If you have been to those destinations previously, you’d know exactly what to expect (and no doubt learnt from your mistakes last time) but if you were there in a different season, you may be in store for a completely opposite experience.  Remember there are no heaters or invertor air conditioners.  It’s just you amongst the elements.

Google can be your best friend in this instance.  Jump on the internet and find out what experiences other hikers have had in the same area.  You’d find there’s a plethora of bloggers out there with a wealth of experience under their belts offering some valuable advice, especially when it comes to preparation.

The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology website a must, check out the forecast and of course, look out for their warnings.   Cancelling an adventure in the face of severe weather is always the smartest option.  It’ll save you the embarrassment of being on the nightly news being wrenched to safety.  Or even worse.


Each state and territory also have their own government websites dedicated to the outdoors, offering information and advice for those about to dust off their hiking shoes and rummage through the shed to find their tents and sleeping bags.  Always go to the government sites first as they will always stipulate laws, regulations and basic camping etiquette that could spare you being slapped a fine and annoying those around you.

QLD: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/experiences/camping/

NSW : http://www.stateparks.nsw.gov.au/

VIC : http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/

ACT : http://www.act.gov.au/browse/topics/sport-and-recreation/bushwalking

TAS : http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/

SA : http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Visiting/Bushwalking

WA : https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/activity/bushwalking

NT: https://nt.gov.au/leisure/recreation/bushwalking-hiking

Literally, there’s no shortage of information at your fingertips.  Take the time to research.  Take the time to read other people’s stories and take the time to share your own.  The outdoors community in Australia is a strong one, be part of it.  Keep safe and warm this winter and enjoy what nature has to offer.