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Minimal Impact Techniques - an overview

Image The principles of minimal impact bushwalking all aim to reduce any kind of evidence of your journey through the bush.  These simple principles are based on research and commonsense behaviours that are easy to implement and significantly reduce your “footprint”.




Keep on track

Image When travelling through the bush, walk in the middle of formed tracks, this will stop new tracks forming and existing tracks from widening. 

If you need to walk were there is no track, fan out so that no one else follows you.

Never build cairns, tape trees, or blaze trails.





Setting up Camp

Image Give yourself plenty of daylight to find a campsite and get setup. Use existing campsites where ever possible. Campsites should be 100m from water sources like creeks and on a durable surface.


Image Although fires are comforting and beautiful to look at night time.  The scar a fire leaves behind during the day is much less attractive, with a mass of partially burnt timber, coals and a section of soil that will be dead for years.  The burning of timber also destroys the habit of many insects and animals.  Consider using stoves and candles instead, if a campfire is important part of your experience than consider careful the environment that you visit.
Avoid the Wildlife

Image  Please help keep the wildlife wild, by just letting them be. Never feed animals or leave food or rubbish around that they may try to eat. Do not approach animals. If animals become comfortable with humans they will often become dependant, sick and by put at risk from attack from predators.


Pack it in & pack it out

Image Carry out all rubbish.  Rubbish is not just an eye sore that may never decompose, but can be seriously harmful to wildlife and pollute water sources.  If you have been able to carry it in, then you can carry it out.  Sounds simple and it is, but if a just  a few walkers leave behind even small bits of rubbish, it takes its toll on the environment and the experience of those who follow.  Please pick other peoples rubbish.



In the Bathroom
Image If there is a dunny use it, make sure you go, before you leave.  If there is no toilet near by, find a quite spot at least 100m from any water, campsite or track then dig a 15cm hole.  Bury your faeces (poo) along with the paper in the hole.
In the Kitchen

Image The use of fuel stoves and picking a durable surface to prepare you meal will help minimise your impact on the environment.  Taking care to minimise washing up and to wash up more than 100m from any water is an important to avoid damaging water ways.


Let others Discover

Image When travelling you will come across both natural and culturally significant areas.  Help preserve them and let other people discover them the same way you did.  Never interfere with Aboriginal engravings, painting or sites, it is not only offensive to the people but it is also illegal.  Other cultural icons such as huts, ruins and mines should also be preserved.


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