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Safety on WA Trails

Heading out on Western Australia's trails is an adventure like no other, offering a unique blend of natural wonders and diverse landscapes. Whether you're a seasoned or novice explorer, prioritising safety is paramount for an unforgettable and incident-free experience. Here, you’ll find essential information to ensure your journey on Western Australia's trails is not only memorable, but safe. 

Safety information, tips and advice for a specific trail will always be listed on the individual trail listing. Always check the “Trail Ready” section at the bottom of each listing.

Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge), Wunaamin Conservation Park. 
Image credit: Tourism WA

Know Before You Go

  • Read these comprehensive safety tips from Explore Parks WA.
Explore Parks WA: Know Before You Go
  • Download the free Emergency +app to call for assistance if ever required ( for offline GPS location details and other features. 
Download Emergency +


  • Tell a trusted and responsible person of your itinerary and for longer trips, schedule your progress reports.
  • Use a Trip Intentions form and provide sufficient detail so that someone has the information needed to get help if required.

Alerts, Warnings & Closures

  • The Park Alerts website covers the latest updates provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) regarding important information, such as trail closures and diversions, to ensure public awareness and safety.
DBCA Park Alerts
  • For the most up to date emergency information, go to Emergency WA.
Emergency WA

Western Shield 1080 Baiting Program

  • The Western Shield program by DBCA (Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions) effectively mitigates the impact of introduced predators like foxes and feral cats on native wildlife through landscape-scale 1080 baiting, resulting in significant population recoveries for various species.
  • These baits are poisonous to humans and will kill domestic cats and dogs. It is recommended that you do not take your pets into areas baited with 1080.

To find out more about the Western Shield program as well as well as current baiting locations, click below. 

Western Shield Program | Baiting Locations

Can’t find something you’re looking for?

Our Explore Map tool provides a lot of detail and filters to help explorers find the best and most suitable trails. Head on over to our Explore Map for greater search capacity.

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