Parks and their outdoor surrounds are not hazard-free environments. It's important when visiting a park and/or conducting your event or activity in a park that you take necessary steps to address safety. Parks can have inherent risks such as, but not limited to, biting insects, uneven ground, water bodies and can expose users to wind, rain and sun.
Park safety tips
Find below some important tips to help you, your family and friends have a safe, fun and enjoyable park experience.
- Be aware of your surroundings – be vigilant and aware of where you are and who is around you.
- Call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.
- Report non-urgent park maintenance issues using our online forms or by calling 07 5667 5974.
- Do not leave anything valuable visible in your car.
- Closely supervise your children as they play in a park.
- Only use park equipment and/or facilities for their intended purpose.
- On hot days, drink plenty of water, wear a hat and apply sunscreen.
City parks are not known for crime, but it still pays to be on your guard. Taking basic measures to avoid the chances of being targeted by petty criminals is sensible.
Walking, running and cycling
- Own the path, project confidence and strength.
- Do not wear headphones; they reduce your senses, especially persons approaching from behind - being able to hear makes you aware of your surroundings.
- Pedestrians should walk or run facing oncoming traffic.
- Go with a friend, exercise in pairs or with a leashed dog when running or walking in parks.
- Wear proper safety equipment, bright clothing, helmet when cycling, proper footwear, etc.
- Obey all traffic laws and/or shared pathway rules.
- Tell a reliable person the route you plan to take and when you expect to be back.
- Trust your instincts - if it doesn't seem right, request help from others.
Be on the lookout for snakes and spiders, both of which can be extremely dangerous and are common in many natural areas. Avoid walking barefoot in a park. Biting insects can be a pest, so be sure to spray yourself liberally with a suitable repellent before going out and about in the park.
Swimming in canals, creeks, lakes, rivers and the ocean
Please see our Lifeguards and surf safety page for swimming at our beaches.
It is highly recommended not to swim in the City's canal systems due to the presence of dangerous marine animals.
The City provides a number of swimming enclosures.
Tips for swimming in creeks, lakes and rivers
Swimming in creeks, lakes, and rivers is fun, but there are hidden dangers, which can cause serious injuries. Be careful! It is not the same as swimming in a pool.
- Check the current before entering the water.
- Seek local advice before you swim - creeks, lakes, and rivers can hide dangers such as submerged logs and rocks and unexpectedly strong currents, especially after rain.
- Never dive or jump into any waterhole - you could seriously injure yourself if the water is too shallow or there are submerged logs and rocks.
- Stay away from waterfalls to avoid slipping.
- Beware of boats using the waterway.
- Avoid swimming near boat ramps or in boating areas.
- Look out for other dangerous marine animals.
- Check the water quality: water quality may be an issue in a normally swimmable waterway when there has been a lot of rain creating runoff from surrounding land.
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