How to obtain permits

The best way to check if permits are required is to contact the ranger office of the state or territory land management department closest to the area you wish to visit. Usually a phone call is all that is required to verify if a permit is required and if so how it is obtained. While permits and similar controls may appear to be the antithesis of the freedom enjoyed in the outdoors, without such permits and rationing systems, natural areas could quickly become overcrowded and degraded to a level where we may no longer want to visit them.