Minimum Impact Camping

General / 25/03/2011

Minimum Impact Camping

More people than ever are participating in paddling along Australia’s bountiful coastlines, rivers and lakes, so it is imperative that we all take care to leave no trace of our adventure.

Plan ahead and prepare

  • Prepare for hazards, emergencies and extreme weather conditions
  • Gain skills and obtain the necessary gear for kayaking that will keep you and your belongings safe
  • Know the regulations and obtain any relevant permits for the area you are visiting
  • Paddle with a buddy or in a small group for safety
  • Repackage food to minimise waste
  • Take your rubbish with you
  • Secure your equipment and belongings so they don’t fall into the water or get lost
  • Carry appropriate repair equipment

Where camping

  • Always seek permission from landowners for access to rivers and lakes
  • Use gates and avoid climbing over fences. Leave gates as you find them
  • Camp in designated areas or existing campsites
  • Aviod disturbing native vegetation
  • Take all rubbish with you (if you have the misfortune to come across other people’s rubbish, do the environment a favour, and take the rubbish with you)
  • Only have a campfire if it is necessary
  • Do not cut trees for firewood or gather fallen timber (this is valuable habitat for insects, animals and plants and an important part of ecosystems processes
  • Where a campfire is necessary use existing fireplaces (or fire-scared area) and keep campfires small
  • Extinguish all fires thoroughly after use (well before leaving the campsite as firesites can retain latent heat and reignite combustable material after you have departed)
  • Observe fire bans (check with CFS Bushfire Hotline 1300 362 361)