Minimise the impact of your visit

Take only memories, leave only footprints

Follow these simple tips to 'tread softly' when visiting the bush and minimise damage to the natural environment.

  • State forests permit dogs, but visitors should keep them under control and on a lead at all times.
  • Please dispose of rubbish properly. Use rubbish bins if provided or take it with you.
  • Choose a campsite carefully, at least 20 metres from the edge of any stream or waterway. Use existing areas for camping and do not clear or damage trees and plants.
  • Do not cut standing timber, alive or dead, for firewood.
  • When toilets are not available, bury human waste, Use soaps or detergents at least 50 metres from waterways and camping areas. Detergents, toothpaste and soap (even biodegradable) harm fish and aquatic life.
  • Use established fireplaces wherever possible. Never leave a campfire unattended and extinguish campfires properly before leaving.
  • Sweep away all leaves, grass and other flammable material for at least two metres around your fireplace. Before leaving, thoroughly douse your fire with water, even if it appears to already be out. Don't try to smother a fire with sand or soil, only water kills a fire with total certainty.
  • Be aware of fire regulations (especially Total Fire Bans) and promptly report all bushfires by calling 000.
  • All native plants and animals are protected in forests, parks and reserves. Try not to disturb native wildlife. Don't feed birds and animals around campsites, as unnatural food can be harmful.
  • Consider other visitors and keep noise to a minimum.
  • Visiting forests, parks and reserves outside peak visitor periods can help reduce overall impacts.
Page last updated/reviewed:17 Oct 2014