Bushwalking guidelines, safety and advice
The Hume and Hovell walking Track traverses a vast range of landscapes, land uses and land tenures, which is all part of its appeal. Please be sure to respect the Track, the land, and the private property it passes through. Stay on the Track and do not cut corners. A great deal of effort went into garnering initial landholder cooperation and permission for the Track to cross crucial parcels of private land. Please do nothing to jeopardise this. Please camp in campsites and use the facilities there. Toilets are available at every campsite and should be used. Where no toilet facility is available, waste and toilet paper must be buried 15cm deep, away from the Track, and be at least 100m away from a watercourse. All rubbish carried in must be carried out – this includes organic items such as apple cores and other food scraps. Take only photos, leave only footprints!
Safety & Trip Planning
The Hume and Hovell Track covers a range of landscapes and terrain, and some sections are very remote. Mobile phone coverage is not available on most sections of the track so do not plan to rely on your phone if you get into difficulty. Satellite phones or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)’s are more reliable. Groups of three people or more are safest in case of emergency.
Research and plan your trip carefully using the mapping resources available in the map kit or by using the Trip Planner. This includes planning for how to access the Track as many of the access tracks are 4WD only.
GPX files for GPS devices are available from the Downloads page to assist with navigation when on the Track.
Before your trip, let a responsible person know where you are going and how long you expect to take. Check back in with them when you return. Make sure they know what to do if you fail to return/check back in. Please fill out any log books that you encounter. If you are doing the full length of the Track, please register using the Contact Form.
Be sure to like the facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/humeandhovelltrack/ as any important track updates will be posted there.
Bushfires and extreme weather
The Hume and Hovell Track is CLOSED on days of total fire ban. Always check the current bush fire rating at NSW Rural Fire Service: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by phoning 1800 679 737. Observe fire bans and only use the fireplaces provided. Do not leave a fire unattended and extinguish drown the fire before breaking camp.
Check weather forecasts and conditions prior to your trip. Don’t plan to go anywhere remote in periods of extreme weather.
Food and equipment planning
Choose your equipment to suit the length of expedition you are undertaking. For all walks, wear and take appropriate clothing including closed toe shoes and a wind and waterproof jacket. Pack a topographic map and compass and know how to use them. If overnighting, pack a good tent, sleeping bag, torch, cooking equipment, hand sanitiser gel and insect repellent.
Pack adequate and nutritious food, and enough water. If going on a multi day walk, be sure to pack an emergency meal. Plan the amount of water carried to coincide with water availability along the track. Creeks, tanks and dams are all marked on maps. All water, from any source, must be treated before drinking.
For detailed equipment lists, the following may be helpful:
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Water is available along the Hume and Hovell Track from creeks, tanks and dams. Each campsite has access to at least one of these water sources. All water, from any source, must be treated before drinking. You will need to carry your own water filtering system and/or water treatment tablets as well as water containers suitable for collecting water from these sources. Plan the amount of water carried to coincide with water availability along the track, and depending on your own drinking requirements, temperature, length of walk being undertaken for the day etc. Cooking water may also need to be carried for certain locations, such as when camping along Blowering Dam foreshore and Mannus Lake, where the only source of water is from the dam where access is difficult and water most likely to be muddy.
Check out the map on the Plan page for more details.