"Preparation for people heading into our parks is the key to a safe and pleasurable trip," Ms Barnes said.
"NSW is fortunate to have a spectacular reserve system with nearly 800 parks and reserves that cover more than six million hectares.
"We have just launched a new website which details all the fantastic tours and activities people can enjoy over the holidays at www.wildwildworld.com.au
"Many of our most popular national parks sit on the doorstep of our biggest city and no doubt the rains will attract many visitors to our western parks."
- Ms Barnes said important precautions for bushwalkers include:
- carry appropriate equipment, maps, food and water, warm clothing etc;
- advise family, friends and/or authorities of where and for how long they expect to be gone;
- carry a mobile phone and personal locator beacon;
- know their skill level;
- contact local visitor centre for advice;
- check local conditions and weather details.
"Due to recent rains, conditions in the Blue Mountains National Park are wet and river levels may be high.
"Weather conditions in Kosciuszko can change suddenly and walkers should always be prepared for wet and cold conditions, despite a positive outlook.
"Both the Blue Mountains and the Kosciuszko National Parks offer bushwalkers and adventurers Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) to take with them on their trip."
Ms Barnes said that since first being launched in 2008 the PLB's have helped to save lives on at least six separate occasions in the Blue Mountains and Kosciuszko National Parks.
"I invite everyone to come and enjoy our beautiful national parks safely over the Easter period," said Ms Barnes.
Bushwalkers can register their journey with the NSW Police: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/142684/trip_intention_form.pdf
Contact: Alisha Chapman