Campsites

Campsites can develop and expand rapidly to form a visual blot on a landscape and are starting points for weed colonisation. Plan to utilise established campsites rather than create new ones. Move camping equipment rather than manipulating the camp-site, and resist the urge to remove inconvenient vegetation and features. Sandy or hard surfaces are better campsites than boggy or vegetated areas. Use modern self-supporting tents with waterproof floors and use a mat to spread your weight while sleeping. The use of plants for tent poles and bedding is obsolete, destructive and, in most conservation parks, illegal. Digging trenches around tents is unnecessary and causes erosion. Plan to spend a maximum of two nights at any campsite—any more makes it difficult to erase the marks of your presence. Avoid trampling the campsite with unnecessary movement and use smooth-soled shoes to protect the vegetation. Leave no mark of your presence. Remove any rubbish, structures and unnecessary fireplaces left by others. In untracked areas where there is no campsite, camp at least 30 m from any watercourses.