Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Wilderness Recreation

The experience and observation of wilderness through media, art and literature provide links with our natural heritage available to all Australians. The 95 per cent of NSW outside wilderness already provides ample opportunities for noisy motor vehicles and intrusive horse riding parties.

Wilderness offers opportunities for solitude and self-reliant recreation including bushwalking, camping and nature study. The unique experiences gained through these activities are greatly diminished when a wilderness is dissected by vehicle tracks that enable off-road vehicle and horseriding entry.

The Wilderness Code

Camping - Avoid fragile environments; use existing clear areas; return any displaced leaf litter or branches after use.

Fires - Use fuel stoves where dry wood is scarce; use only fallen wood; extinguish thoroughly with water until the fireplace is cold; remove and rehabilitate fireplace after use; do not leave a circle of stones or put aluminium (foil) in fireplaces. Remember, the bigger the fire, the bigger the fool. Save the bush and prevent wildfires by using less wood.

Sanitation - Bury human waste at least 30 metres away from water courses and campsites.

Water and washing - Wash well away from water sources; use a scourer in preference to soap; do not use detergents.

Rubbish - Always carry out what you carry in.

Tracks - Use tracks and do not make parallel tracks in swampy areas; try to stay on hard ground in untracked areas; never "blaze" new or old routes or erect cairns.

Walk safely - walk with a bushwalking club

For more information bushwalking, visit the Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs site.

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