Our National Parks are home to some of Australia’s most beautiful flora and fauna, not to mention the breath-taking landscapes that come along with it. Although these delicate ecosystems have remained relatively untouched historically (thanks to the hard work and dedication of our National Parks Departments), any interference caused by humans can leave lasting and damaging effects.
In order to help protect these pristine environments, it is extremely important that we as members of the caravanning and camping community take active responsibility in minimising this impact as much as possible. We’ve compiled a simple list of things you can do on your next camping or caravanning adventure to help you do your part in keeping our National Parks in pristine condition for years to come.
Foreign objects left behind are especially damaging to delicate eco systems. This can easily be avoided with thorough cleaning of your camp ground before you leave the site and ensuring the use of biodegradable product where possible. Simply put, if you’ve got rubbish – take it with you.
Most parks around Australia have a ban on bringing your pets with you as their presence may stress the native animals in the area and/or potentially cause them harm. It is important to ensure that whichever park you travel to, you are following the rules and guidelines of the park. Always be sure to check ahead of time to avoid any surprises!
Native Animal Intervention:
When you think of environmental impact, it’s very easy to focus on the physical. However, the psychology of native animals is just as important to maintain as the land they live on. Excessive noise could disrupt an animal’s habitat and result in the animal relocating. More damaging is when humans decide to feed native animals. This can cause dependence on human intervention, making it difficult for the animal to return to its former behaviour.
No permits, no play
It is important to be aware of national legislation along with state-based regulations wherever you are visiting to ensure the rules and regulations in that area are followed accordingly. Depending on the park, you may be required to have permits to camp on the premises, if and when you can build a campfire or for the use of different vehicles.
Before you set off, always start by researching the park you intend to visit and get an understanding of the unique rules and requirements of camping or caravanning on site. Each national park should be up to date with the state and national compliance standards and save you a bit of time in additional research. Having the necessary permits and documentation will prevent you from incurring any fines and allow you to rest easy on arrival.
Before we set off on any adventure, we take the time to research our destination to get a lay of the land. Being prepared for any trip (whether long or short) will not only make it more memorable and enjoyable, but will also ensure any impact to the environment is kept to a minimum.
Setting off on a trip? Take a look at our 29 top tips for a successful camping or caravanning getaway and start preparing now!