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. With modern tents, it is unnecessary, particularly if
you choose a well-drained or raised site.
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.
quality – wash-up at least 50 metres from streams and avoid using soap (use
gritty sand and a scourer instead).