Codes Of Conduct - Camping Washing and Rubbish
The pleasure of visiting areas of beauty is that they are natural and unspoiled. This is achieved by those who have been there before you having left nothing but footprints when they departed.
Every user has a responsibility to protect these areas of natural beauty to ensure that those who follow may also enjoy the same experience. Upon departure, leave the area as if no one had been there and in the same or better condition than found. Ensure that the area you are visiting is not so sensitive that your presence will leave a permanent impact.
* Dispersed camping is recommended so as not to compact the ground surface and inhibit vegetation growth or regrowth. .
* Use huts where provided and available for public use or established campsites.
Where either of these exists, do not create new campsites. Don't rely on using a hut, always carry your own tent or swag etc. .
* Do not dig trenches or gutters around tents/swags.
* Do not locate your camp where dead or rotted trees may be above your campsite and keep clear of gum trees which may shed branches at any time. .
* Do not camp in a creek bed or watercourse.
Such a practice is extremely dangerous as flash flooding can, and does occur. .
* Do not camp within 30m of or near any natural waterhole, creek or river in such a way that you may prevent native fauna and station stock from gaining access to water.
* Do not camp within a 500m radius of a dam or constructed stock water point. .
* Do not camp within 100m of any building unless specific permission has been granted.
* Don’t wash anything using soaps or detergents in streams and lakes.
* Wash points should not be located within 50m of any creek, stream, river or waterhole to prevent contamination of such waters. Care must also be taken to ensure that a wash point is not located over a watercourse that feeds into a water supply.
* When disposing of waste water spread it across the ground to enable natural filtration.
Do not use waste water to feed the root systems of native flora as residue contained within the water could be harmful.
* Adopt the practice of “ leave no trace” camping. Take out what you bring in and dispose of rubbish in designated rubbish bins or dumps. Carry suitable containers in which to store rubbish and reuse where possible.
* Avoid carrying high rubbish potential items such as bottles, cans and plastic, and remove unnecessary packaging prior to departure on trips.
* Do not burn or bury rubbish as it may be dug up and scattered by native animals.
* Do not burn plastics in fires as this leaves highly toxic residue. Nappies and sanitary napkins should not be disposed of in a campfire.
Environmentally sustainable vehicle based camping is a shared responsibility.