Staying Safe in Alpine Regions

Snowy Monaro Regional Council's unique environment includes alpine regions and rural agricultural land can be largely remote from services and access.  Residents and visitors are advised to plan ahead and take precautions when heading out to remote locations.

Tips for staying safe in the Snowy Monaro region
  • Review weather warnings Bureau Meteorology Weather for the Snowy Mountains
  • Visit the Cooma Visitors Centre or their website for the latest updates on road and weather conditions. 
  • Pack for all weather types if you are heading out. Weather can change quickly and snow is often seen, even during Summer months.
  • Pack plenty of water and some food. If you become stranded it is essential to stay well hydrated until you can get back to safety.
  • Travel in a group. If someone becomes injured one person should stay with the injured person while another heads for assistance where possible.
  • If you are heading into the National Park, stop in and see the staff at the Snowy Region Visitors Centre in Jindabyne for the latest updates on the park conditions.
  • Advise someone of where you are going and when you should be back.
  • Sun protection - while you may not feel like you can feel the full effects of the sun in an Alpine environment, the opposite is true. Ensure you have appropriate sun protection including when on snow as the UV levels are higher in alpine regions. UV can also be reflected in the snow adding additional risks.
  • Hire a Personal Locator Beacon from the National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS) Centre in Jindabyne for a small fee.

What to do if you require help

  • Call for help. The earlier the better; night time searching is much harder and temperatures can drop quickly in these regions.
  • Find shelter, particularly if the weather does not permit you to be out in an open space where you can be found. Trees and dense bush areas make it hard for aerial searching to locate you
  • If you have a Personal Locator Beacon, activate it and stay put.