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4WDriving and Track Care

How often have you seen a post shared on social media that makes you shake your head in disbelief because some idiot has destroyed a campground performing drunken doughnuts in their 4WD? Without needing to install CCTV at every campsite in Australia, there has to be a better way to keep our tracks and campgrounds open for generations to come. Here are some ways we think might help.

Campsite etiquette (Image: Respect the land and leave it how you found it...)

TREAD LIGHTLY

Respect the land you travel and take only photos, leave only footprints. 

LEAVE YOUR CAMPSITE BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT

Take your rubbish with you and pick up any rubbish you may find already there. It’s little things like this that keep our bush pristine. 

Rubbish left behind Credit ABC Riverland.(Image: Rubbish left behind- Credit ABC Riverland.)

VOLUNTEER

Volunteer for groups like Outback Cleanups Australia, Clean Up Australia, Phil’s Bush Cleanup, Track Care WA who do call outs via their Facebook pages. 

BUSH TOILET ETIQUETTE

Use the toilets if provided but if not, dig a hole at least 30cm deep, then bury the waste having burnt the used toilet paper. Please “do your business” at least 150m from water sources, tracks and campsites and take nappies and sanitary products with you. Here is a handy tutorial video.

STICK TO MARKED TRACKS

Avoid driving off the track or onto protected dunes as you’ll damage trees and plants and possibly harm nesting birds. 

Davies Plain damage caused by rouge 4WDers.
(Image: Davies Plain damage caused by rouge 4WDrivers.)

 

JOIN A 4WD CLUB

Not only will you enjoy great community spirit and regular trips but enjoy heading out to help clean up the bush. 
 

TAKE CARE OF YOUR FIRE

Fires and camping have gone hand in hand since the evolution of the species but there are some things you don’t do:

  • Never leave a campfire unattended but extinguish it completely with water
  • Obey fire restrictions
  • Only collect firewood in specified areas or BYO milled wood
  • Use a fuel stove for cooking
  • Use designated fireplaces where provided
  • If you come across a smoking firepit, put it out using any water you may have or can access. 

KEEP WATERBODIES CLEAN

The use of detergent, soap, toothpaste and even sunscreen and insect repellents pollute waterways and can be harmful to aquatic life. Wash your dishes and bathe at least 100m away and apply repellents and sunscreen after you’ve enjoyed a swim. 

RESPECT INDIGENOUS CULTURE

Rock art, petroglyphs and other sites are significant to Indigenous people and can easily be damaged. Do not touch rock art or enter sacred land without permission from Traditional Owners.


What do you do if you see someone ripping up a campground, dumping rubbish or driving where they shouldn’t? 

  • Record the vehicles details, registration numbers and the offender’s description, but don’t approach them for safety’s sake. 
  • Contact the police by calling 000
  • Contact the department that manages the park, ie Parks Victoria

4 comments

  • Hal Juffs: January 20, 2021

    It only that one idiot to wreak it for everybody
    There was a track in the Burdekin that off limits now because of the same problem

  • Bernie: January 20, 2021

    This sort of advice used to be common sense but these days it’s a rare thing to see sense in any form other than total nonsense. I once saw a 4w driver doing doughnuts when suddenly the vehicle got traction and tipped over, he then had the gall to ask for help to right his vehicle.

  • Bev Moore: January 20, 2021

    This message needs to get into Facebook where many trips with rogue elements are organised
    Unfortunately there will always be morons as evidenced by the mainland idiots who r destroying our tracks in Tasmania with oversized tyres wheel spinning to get out a hole instead of snatching or winching and going into areas where they r not supposed to be The locals here are getting fed up with magazines writing up the west coast as a playground for hoons .

  • DJ: January 20, 2021

    4X4 drivers and campers are just like people; most are decent folk , and want the beautiful places they visit to be there for next time they come.
    A few are brainless idiots with the habits of pigs. They figure its fun to trash something others delight in. We’ll never change them; we can only do our bit by carrying out rubbish and repairing tracks as much as we’re able.

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