Camping

Here are some basic rules you should follow when camping:
  • Camp in an existing campsite rather than create a new one and camp at least 20 metres from any creek, lake or wetland (this is to ensure that areas near the water remain available for use by other visitors and to keep the waters free of pollution).
  • Only drive on formed tracks and roads. Park immediately adjacent to tracks where it is safe to do so and take care not to damage vegetation around campsites with vehicles.
  • Be careful when camping under trees. Trees can lose their limbs at any time, but particularly during high winds.
  • Do not dig trenches around tents.‚Ä®With modern tents, it is unnecessary, particularly if you choose a well-drained or raised site.
  • Take your rubbish home. Think before throwing out food scraps as they can be harmful to native animals, and some waste (like fruit peelings) does not decompose quickly. Don't burn or bury rubbish. Burying food waste disturbs the soil and native animals will just dig it up later.
  • If you come across other people's rubbish, do the bush a favour and take it out with you.
  • Where there is a toilet, use it. Where toilets are not available, choose a spot at least 100 metres from campsites, tracks, streams, swamps, etc, dig a 15 cm hole and bury your waste and toilet paper. Chemical toilets must be removed from campsites and emptied according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Firewood is in short supply in many areas. Gather firewood well away from your camp and use it sparingly, keep it small and be conservative in your use of fuel or – better still – bring your own. Where possible, use a lightweight stove for cooking.
  • Use only dead fallen wood. Standing trees, even dead ones, are a home for wildlife and a part of the scenery. Do not cut down or damage standing trees or vegetation.
  • Hollow logs are prime real estate for our wildlife and must not be used as firewood.
  • Take care with fire – observe all fire regulations and Total Fire Ban days. Use existing fireplaces rather than create your own. Ensure fires are safe and that they are completely extinguished when you leave.
  • If dogs are permitted at your campsite, ensure they are adequately restrained to protect wildlife and other campers.
  • Protect water quality – wash-up at least 50 metres from streams and avoid using soap (use gritty sand and a scourer instead).
  • Leave campsites tidy.