Get coastal wise

From towering cliffs to rippling dunes, there aren’t many places more stunning than where the land meets the sea. Enjoy breathtaking coastal landscapes safely with these tips:

  • Check tides and weather forecasts
  • Be sun-smart and stay hydrated
  • Swim safe - take care when entering any body of water. Conditions can change quickly so never run and dive into water - even if you’ve checked the depth. 
  • Watch out for rip currents - find out what to do in a rip with this advice from Surf Life Saving.
  • Boat safe - ensure your craft is in good condition and that you have life jackets for all passengers. 
  • Fish safe - check restrictions on where you can fish (closed areas) when you can fish (closed seasons), and always observe boat and bag limits.
  • Safe beach driving - only drive on beaches where vehicles are permitted and lower tyre pressures so that the vehicle ‘floats’ on the surface 
  • Tread carefully - watch out for unstable cliffs, slippery rocks, submerged objects, fallen limbs and overgrown vegetation. Strong winds are common around the coastline so be prepared on windy days and take care in exposed locations.
  • Stop the spread of root rot fungus - clean your footwear before you leave an area to prevent the transfer of infested soil. Find out more about phytophthora and how you can help.
  • Keep wildlife wild - enjoy observing native animals but don’t try to interact with them or feed them as this can affect their natural behaviour. 
  • Mosquitoes and stingy insects - use repellent to keep you and your travelling companions comfortable and stop the spread of disease. Avoid other unwanted creepy crawly guests by keeping a clean campsite. Dispose of rubbish daily and don’t leave food sitting out.
  • Snakes and other creepy crawlies - Snake bites are serious and require medical assistance. Refer to the St John’s fact sheet on snake bite. Spiders are unlikely launch an attack on a predator bigger than themselves but will bite if threatened. Refer to the St John’s fact sheet on spider bite.

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