Walking and skiing

If you want to walk or ski in the Australian Alps, be aware that the weather here can change very rapidly and that extreme conditions can be expected at any time of the year. Make sure that you have adequate clothing at all times. Don’t undertake longer walks unless you are properly prepared, have an experienced walker with you and have a map and compass (and know how to use it) and other necessary equipment.

Photo: Julian Thompson

Backcountry kitchen. Photo: Julian Thompson

Hypothermia, or a drop in body temperature, can occur in cold and/or wet conditions if a person is tired, hungry or inadequately covered. When you walk in these parks you must take with you:

  • Food and water or other drinks
  • A waterproof jacket with a hood
  • A warm jumper, hat and gloves
  • Strong walking shoes, and
  • A hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent

Sunburn is a frequent occurrence even in winter, because the snow reflects the sunlight back onto the skin, and without the protection of sunglasses you may become snow-blind, a very painful experience.