Here are some health and safety tips to ensure you have an enjoyable, trouble-free holiday in Western Australia's Golden Outback. While Australia is considered to be a very safe country, it is still wise to avoid dangerous situations.
Unfortunately, some travellers have their holiday cut short due to illness or accident. If you take prescribed medication, make sure you will have enough for the duration of your trip and bring a script renewal from your doctor.
Always carry adequate supplies of water and a comprehensive first aid kit. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as encephalitis and Ross River fever. Use appropriate insect repellents and cover arms and legs with loose clothing, particularly at dawn and dusk.
Personal safety tips
While Australia is considered to be a very safe country, it is still wise to avoid dangerous situations.
- Avoid dark public spaces when alone
- Avoid hitchhiking and never hitchhike alone
- Always let someone know where you are and where you are going
- Take care when using automated teller machines (ATM's) and secure your cash quickly
- Keep valuables out of sight and secure while travelling
- Always use protection when having sexual intercourse
- Drink alcohol in moderation
The hot and dry conditions in parts of Western Australia's Golden Outback mean there is a risk of bushfires. The lighting of fires can be extremely dangerous, so care should be taken at all times – a campfire should never be left unattended. Please help us protect our natural environment and follow the fire warnings. Safety information is available from Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA).
Bush survival tips
Some of the region's natural attractions lie in remote areas. Before heading off into the Australian outback, remember to:
- Let someone know your destination and schedule
- Carry extra water and food
- Carry a signal device, such as a flare or mirror
- Make sure you know how to use a 4WD
- Plan your route and take maps
- If your plans change, let someone know
- If possible, carry some form of communication equipment
- If you break down or get stuck
- Try to park so you can be seen
- Always stay with your vehicle
- Conserve your food and water
Travellers should always wear a wide brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses and at least an SPF 15+ sunscreen when outdoors. It is also recommended that you drink at least two litres of water each day. Take extra care when outdoors between 10:00am and 3:00pm, when UV radiation is most intense. Seek shade to protect your skin from skin cancer and other sun damage.
Safety at the beach
- Always swim under supervision, or with a friend
- Read and obey the signs
- If you are unsure of conditions, don't swim
- Don't swim directly after a meal
- Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Don't run and dive in the water
- Conditions change regularly; check before you enter the water
- If you get into trouble in the water, don't panic - signal for help, float and wait for assistance
- Float with a rip current or undertow, do not try to swim against it