About Trails WA
If you’re going on one of our urban trails, then these tips won’t all apply - but they will help you to prepare for a day out or extended trip on our nature trails.
Trail users heading out on any of the long-distance trails are requested to contact the local Parks and Wildlife Services offices for current Track conditions. This is especially important if you are planning to walk in a group or are undertaking a long journey. Local DBCA Rangers have the most up-to-date information on track conditions, which you may need to know about.
If you're venturing out overnight or longer we highly recommend you get in touch with the 'friends' group associated with the trail for some trip planning advice.
Western Australia’s weather conditions can change quite rapidly so always check local conditions and plan ahead.
More information about trail classifications
What to Take
Daypack with comfortable shoulder straps (preferably with hip belt) containing:
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (see suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
Group B (Bushwalks and/or longer trails)
- Group A items plus
- Plenty of drinking water (minimum 2 litres per person per day, 3 litres per day in hot weather and longer day walks).
- Compass, pen and paper
- Map and guide book where suggested
- Trail Mix to keep your energy levels up on longer walks. Try different combinations of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, chocolate and jellybeans.
- Your lunch if you are going for a longer day
- Plastic bag to remove all your rubbish
- Reference material such as wildflower and bird spotting books
- Whistle (for emergencies, six short blasts per minute)
- Pocket knife (useful for cutting cheese at lunch time!)
- Small plastic trowel for toilet emergencies, affectionately known as ‘Doug’, and a few sheets of toilet tissue in a small plastic bag.
- Medical kit with: heavy crepe bandage (for sprains and snake bite), antiseptic lotion, insect repellent (non aerosol), personal medication (including pain killers), blister kit and fixomull tape.
For multi-day walks or rides
See the gear and food lists recommended on the Bibbulmun Track Foundation and Munda Biddi Trail websites under Trip Planning. Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are recommended for remote areas.
Group C (Mountain bike trails)
- Group A items plus
- A good quality helmet is legally necessary
- Spare inner tubes or puncture repair kit, pump, tool kit.
- Mountain bike shoes and clipless pedals are recommended.
Note. The above lists are for general information only and are not intended as advice and must not be relied upon as such. You should make your own inquiries and seek independent and/or alternative advice prior to undertaking your trail journey.