What should I be aware of?
Watch the weather! Lightning is dangerous. It can occur without rain. If the weather turns ominous, quickly go to one of the many shelters equipped with lighting protection. If you hear lightning, IMMEDIATELY seek shelter. And do not go out again until lightning has stopped for some time (half an hour is a good gauge). You are most vulnerable on the flats but lightning can also strike among the trees. Do not shelter under trees, under cliffs.
Dangerous animals: Dangerous animals such as stonefish, stingrays
and sea snakes are still common on our shores. Many soft-looking animals
on the shores protect themselves with toxins which can cause rashes. You
may also get hurt if you touch your eye or mouth after touching toxic
animals. Most animals have a way to defend themselves in unpleasant ways.
Some can sting through even booties and hard soled shoes.
Don't climb the rocks: Rocks are slippery
with algae and covered with sharp barnacles that can give nasty cuts that
take a long time to heal. A nasty fall may result in broken limbs and
Do NOT go barefoot
on the shores!
Do NOT walk with
your shoes encased in plastic bags. This reduces the grip of your
shoes on the ground. The ground can be slippery with seaweed and mud.
You may then fall and not only get mud all over yourself (not just your
shoes), but you may also get injured.
should I do to prepare myself for the visit?
Before your walk have
a good night's rest, drink plenty of water and have your regular meal.
If you are not feeling well, do not go for the visit.
Join a guided walk!
Instead of going on your own, why not join a guided walk!
The best way to experience and learn about the shores is to visit with an experienced guide.
See more! Guides are familiar with the terrain and seasons of the shores. They can show you more during the short window of low tide. They can also tell you more about what you see so you can learn more.
Be safe: The shores are not dangerous if you know what you are doing, but for the unfamiliar there are potential hazards. With a guide, even young children can interact safely with the shores.
Minimise your impact: Every inch of the shores are alive with small animals and growing plants. A guide will help you see more and yet minimise the impact of your visit.
Have a great time! Guides are eager to ensure you have an enjoyable visit. Whether you are just there to see what's so special about the shores, or if you need more details for a project or have a special area of interest. Do tell your guide, who will gladly try to help you.
Join exciting public guided walks at these locations!
Want to organise a trip just for your group at your preferred time, see this list for some contacts.
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