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All state and territories in Australia have minimal impact guidelines that relate to a variety of human activities from camping, 4WD, bush walking, caving etc.

Some guidelines may differ in their wording, but all ask that you minimise your effect on our environment. Tread lightly, take away all rubbish, and leave the pristine environment as you found it. Oh, and if you do find litter, where possible take it away with you, the environment will appreciate it.

Following are some of the main tips when camping to minimise your impact on the natural habitat in our national parks, reserves and wildlife.

Tips For The First Time Camper

Minimal Impact Camping
  Don't Over pack and Wear Clothes in Layers
If you layer your clothes, you will be prepared for hot and cold weather. Other items to take include wet weather gear, sun protection and mosquito repellent.
  Inflatable Mattress
A good nights sleep makes for a better camping experience. Invest in an inflatable mattress or a decent swag.
  Using Existing Campfires
Where possible, use existing fireplaces or campfire sites. Better still, use your own gas/fuel cooker. Firewood may not be supplied, and many parks ban the collection of firewood from the bush. Always obey any fire bans.

Ensure that all fires are completely extinguished before leaving an area or going to bed. A small amount of glowing embers can start large bushfires. Carelessness with fires can lead to severe fines. A total fire ban means just that. In such circumstances, always ensure you pack food that does not need to be cooked.

  Take Away Your Own Rubbish
Many serviced camp sites have rubbish bins, and often have recycling facilities. If you are in a National Park, always take home everything you brought with you.
When there are no toilets, the custom is usually to find a secluded spot at least 50 metres from the camp site and dig a small hole. Make sure you bury your toilet waste 150 mm deep and at least 100 metres from any water source. Do not bury your toilet paper, take it and any sanitary items with you for disposal.
  Camping Etiquette
Observe local camping etiquette. This includes pitching your tent a good distance from your neighbours and observe any curfews. The commonsense rule is to keep noise down late at night, this includes generators, televisions, radios, childrens and pets.
  Dry Gear
If time permits, ensure all your gear is dry when you are ready to go. Wet tents, sleeping bags etc are all prone to mildew. Otherwise, ensure that you immediately dry all equipment and items when you get home, if you do not want to ruin your equipment.
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