Walking in hot, dry conditions

  • Seeking information
  • Planning
  • On the track
  • Water loss and body temperature
  • Clothing
  • Equipment
  • Surface water
  • Other sources of water
  • Food and dietary considerations
  • Emergency situations

Internationally, Australia has the reputation of being the sunburnt country. Most of our land is hot for much of the year and on average, Australia is the driest continent on Earth. It is inevitable that walkers in nearly all parts of Australia will face hot, dry conditions at times. Even in the cooler and wetter parts of southeast Australia, there will be times and locations where temperatures are high and available surface water is scarce or non-existent. The safety and enjoyment of bushwalking groups venturing into these conditions or encountering hot, dry conditions during trips relies on sound planning, the knowledge of how to handle such conditions, and the flexibility to modify plans.