Bushwalking  near rivers and wetlands is great fun, but needs to be done to minimise impacts on wildlife, habitats and water quality

Where possible, keep to established paths and tracks to minimise impacts




While generally considered a more passive form of river-based recreation there are recommended ways to ensure that your enjoyment of the environment you are walking through is not causing lasting damage. 


Some of these are as follows:


Keep to established tracks and trails, where possible, in order to minimise trampling of vegetation, or accelerating soil erosion.  And for the same reasons avoid walking too close to river banks that may collapse.  These are dangerous for you and will dump soil into the river - reducing water quality and impacting on river health and fish populations.


Don't litter - take all your rubbish with you. 

Don't burn it or bury it, as wildlife can dig it up. If you find other people's rubbish, pick it up and bring it back to dispose of properly.


If you have smokers in your group, ask them not to throw butts into the bush or river - these can be a fire hazard also.


Ensure plastic carry bags don't end up in waterways.


Use toilets where they are present, but if not possible be sure to bury faecal matter well away from creek lines and areas where it may wash into the river.


Minimise disturbance of wildlife breeding areas, such as bird rookeries.


If your group is camping as well, see the recommended code of conduct for this through the following link.


If you want to find out more about minimal impact bushwalking you can find it through the web site of Bushwalking Australia http://www.bushwalkingaustralia.org/

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