If mud is expected, good quality solid boots and gaiters provide the best protection. Even though unpleasant, it is best to stay on the track, even when it is very muddy or wet. Going around a boggy part widens the wet section, creating visual scarring and environmental damage. Do not walk too closely together, as there could be a large hole or stream under the mud, and somebody could need a hand out.
After encountering mud, washing your boots will help stop the movement of disease from one area to another. This is particularly important in areas affected by cinnamon fungus, a cause of die-back in eucalypt and other forest types. This is prevalent in many areas, including most of the kauri forests of Western Australia and many of the forest areas in southwest Victoria and Tasmania.