Leave No Trace
Waypoint Expeditions models it’s environmental and sustainable management on the principals and guidelines of Leave No Trace.
Leave No Trace Australia is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor travel and recreation through education, research and partnerships.
Plan Ahead & Prepare
“Good planning is living the experience in advance.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
Make sure you know the regulations for all areas you plan to visit (for example no fires in National Parks)
Prepare for your journey. Take plenty of food, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, appropriate clothing including a hat, rubbish bags, toilet paper and a shovel
Ensure you have appropriate safety equipment in case of an emergency. These could include a first aid kit and basic recovery tools and, if you are boating, life jackets, flares and EPIRB
- Don’t rely on a GPS to tell you where you are. Take appropriate maps
- If your vehicle breaks down, stay with your car, conserve your food and water and, if possible, park so you can be seen
- As there is no mobile reception over much of the Outback, it is a good idea to take a Satellite phone.
- If you will leave formed major roads, do a 4WD course before your trip
- Give someone responsible your itinerary so they can take action if you fail to return
- Make sure you have the permission of your line manager before leaving site
- Avoid driving at night, dawn or dusk.
Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
“The notion that [outdoor] recreation has no environmental impacts is no longer tenable.” – Curtis H. Flather and H. Ken Cordell
- Only travel on public roads. Off-road travelling can damage cultural sites and the environment
- Camp at designated camp sites.
Disposal of Waste Properly
“Pack it in, pack it out” is a familiar mantra to seasoned travellers.
- Do not litter. Use rubbish bags and dispose of rubbish in bins back at site or other allocated rubbish disposal points
- Don’t bury or burn rubbish – it attracts scavengers like dingoes
- Use toilets when they are available. Otherwise carry a trowel and deposit solid human waste (and toilet paper) in a hole dug into the topsoil, usually 20cm deep, and at least 100m from water, camp and tracks.
Leave What You Find
“The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone — and to no one.” – Edward Abbey
- Respect Indigenous art and other sites of cultural significance
- Do not pick or take flowers, seeds or shells unless you have permission
- Avoid introducing and transporting non-native species by cleaning vehicles and outdoor equipment before and after your trip. For example, Mesquite, a noxious weed, is found commonly around site and must be contained.
Minimise Campfire Impact
“In gaining the lovely and the usable, we have given up the incomparable.” – Wallace Stegner
- Try not to use a camp fire at all (fire wood is habitat for other animals); use a gas stove instead
- If you do need a fire, make it small and only use local wood. Do not transport wood across country. Completely extinguish and bury the fire when you leave the area.
“The stark truth is, if we want wild animals, we have to make sacrifices.” – Colin Tudge, Wildlife Conservation
- Make sure you know the fishing regulations before you fish
- Observe wildlife from a distance. Remember the North West is home to snakes, sharks and crocodiles. Don’t go swimming in estuaries
- Do not feed wildlife.
Be Considerate of Your Hosts and Other Visitors
“Silence is the element in which all great things are fashioned.” – Thomas Carlyle
- Respect Indigenous people and their country
- Respect the wishes and regulations of all hosts including Traditional Custodians, pastoral stations and locals
- Make sure you have permission to access land
- Be courteous and respectful of other visitors. Keep noise and light to a minimum.