“Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints”.
With population of South-East Queensland set to reach 3 million in the near future it is important that we treat those areas that are still wilderness with a great deal of respect.
When walking in National Parks, State Forests or even on private land always follow the following general procedures.
Camping: Always camp at existing sites, and book ahead of time to ensure you have somewhere to stay. All National Park bookings are now done over the internet at www.epa.qld.gov.au .
Rubbish: Carry it in, carry it out. The general principle is to carry out all visible signs of your expedition. Whilst elements like apple cores and orange peel may be eventually biodegradable, if a number of people choose to drop them at the same place it can leave an unsightly mess for the next person to visit that spot. Carry a large snap lock plastic bag to place all your rubbish in so the smell and fluids don’t escape. If you see rubbish left behind take the time to pick it up, you will have made the next person’s journey that little bit more enjoyable.
Personal Hygiene: When making a toilet always choose a spot that is a least 100m from the nearest creek and dig the toilet at least 15cm deep in the ground. Please bury all toilet paper. When washing cutlery, crockery, or yourself please carry your water away from the stream so the detergents and soaps do not enter the stream.
Tracks: If there is a track provided, use it. Please don’t cut the corners it causes erosion. When there are no tracks provided chose between walking single file on environments that can handle it or spreading out on fragile environments to minimise the impact.
Cooking: It is now compulsory to use fuel stoves within National Parks so please respect that request. Where campfires are permitted use an existing fireplace to avoid making unnecessary fire scars.
Native Animals and Birds: Feeding the native animals and birds, whilst cute, can cause them unnecessary damage. It makes them aggressive and generally the food they receive is bad for their health.