Hiker distress prompts warning on water needs
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said hikers in Kalbarri National Park needed to carry three to four litres of water per person, per day.
His warning comes after two incidents late last month of suspected dehydration at Kalbarri National Park, one of them fatal.
A 27-year-old man died on October 27 after completing the 8km loop trail in the park.
Two days later a 62-year-old woman and her husband were attempting the loop trail, but turned back after 3km, with the woman later collapsing between Nature’s Window and the carpark.
A doctor was on site and administered first aid before St John Ambulance arrived and transported her to the Kalbarri medical centre by ambulance.
Drinking water is not available in Kalbarri National Park so visitors must carry their own supply and be prepared for unexpected changes in weather.
Some areas, such as gorges, may experience temperatures often up to 10C higher on hot days, or much lower in the shade of the steep gorge walls.