Take care in WA’s national parks

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson is urging people to take care in national parks and make sure they have adequate water supplies following two incidents of suspected dehydration at Kalbarri National Park.

A 27-year-old man died after completing the loop trail in Kalbarri National Park on Saturday (October 27).

On Monday (October 29), a 62-year-old woman and her husband were attempting the loop trail, but turned back after three kilometres, with the woman later collapsing between Nature's Window and the car park.

A doctor was on site and administered first aid before St John Ambulance arrived and transported her to the Kalbarri medical centre by ambulance.

Visitor safety signage with information about heat stroke and dehydration management is in place in various locations throughout the park, including at the car park information shelter.

Drinking water is not available in Kalbarri National Park so visitors must carry their own supply and be prepared for unexpected changes in weather.

Some areas, such as gorges, may experience temperatures often up to 10°C higher on hot days, or much lower in the shade of the steep gorge walls.

Heat stress symptoms include disorientation, nausea, dizziness and headache.

It is also recommended that people carry a personal locator beacon (PLB), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) or a satellite phone in case of emergency.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"I want to see people use and explore our beautiful parks, if we can help people connect with nature, that's not just good news for them - it's great news for our environment.

"But these visits, especially in the summer months, must be done safely; I would urge anyone planning to visit one of our national parks to make sure they are prepared for the conditions and are aware of their own capabilities.

"These latest incidents in Kalbarri are a timely reminder to be prepared before undertaking a difficult walk trail or travelling to a national park in a remote area.

"Remember to bring adequate water, wear sun protection, always walk the trails with a companion and avoid walking in the middle of the day."

Last modified on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 16:17