Overnight Hike Adventure Checklist
We are fortunate to have some of the best overnight hikes in the world and as Australia has such a diverse and rich landscape, there are hikes that serve every age group, skill and fitness level.
Here are some things to consider...
Plan ahead and prepare
Research and educate yourself on the area you plan to visit. Purchase permits if required from the land management body. Obtain maps of the area.
Prepare for emergencies and hazards.
Schedule your walk to avoid peak seasons. Reduce your group size to 4 - 6 members.
Repackage food to minimise waste.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces
Stay on established trails, even if wet or muddy. Stick to durable surfaces such as rock outcrops, gravel, sand and dry grasses.
In pristine areas, allow your party to spread out so that new tracks are not created. Avoid any fragile vegetation.
Use established campsites and do not alter the site in any way.
Dispose of waste properly
"Pack it in, pack it out". Take out all rubbish, left over food and litter in stuff sacks or zip lock bags. Clean up your campsite before you leave.
If there are no toilets, deposit human waste into a "cat hole" about 20cm deep & cover thoroughly. Do this 100 metres away from any water source.
Clean dishes, brush your teeth & wash yourself 100 metres away from any water source.
Leave what you find
Be respectful of indigenous art and cultural areas. You may need to gain permission from local land owners to enter.
Leave rocks, shells, other natural objects and historical artefacts as you find them, take lots of photos instead.
Clean your boots to prevent the spread of plant disease and invasive weed species.
Wear soft soled shoes to minimise impact around the campsite.
Minimise campfire impacts
Check local regulations and observe total fire ban days before lighting a fire.
Consider if a fire is really necessary. If you need a fire, use an established fire ring. If there is no fire ring, build a minimum impact fire such as a mound or pan fire.
Use only dead & downed wood that is around 50cm long and no thicker than your wrist.
Ideally use a portable stove to cook and enjoy a candle for lighting.
Store your food in containers animals cannot access. Observe all wildlife from a distance. Be aware of their habitat & respect it by leaving it alone.
Never feed wildlife as it can make them reliant on human food and damage their digestive systems.
Be considerate of your hosts & other visitors
Give way to other walkers on the trails. Camp and take breaks on durable surfaces away from other walkers, respecting their experiences.
Let nature's sounds prevail and try to keep noise to a minimum.
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