Leave No Trace

Plan ahead and prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the areas you’ll visit, including Dieback (see below)
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups. Split larger parties into groups of 4-6.
  • Repackage food to minimise waste.

Travel and camp on durable surfaces

  • Durable surfaces include established tracks and campsites, rock, gravel and dry grasses.
  • Protect riparian grasses by camping at east 100 metres from lakes and streams.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering the environment for a campsite is not necessary.

In popular areas:

  • Concentrate use on existing track and campsites.
  • Travel in single file in the middle of the track, even when wet or muddy.
  • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.

In pristine areas:

  • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and tracks.
  • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

Dispose of waste properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for rubbish or spilled foods. Pack out all rubbish, leftover food, and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste and toilet paper in holes dug 20-25cm deep at least 100 metres from water, camp, and tracks. Cover and disguise the hole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and personal hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 100 metres from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

Leave what you find

  • Respect indigenous art and other sites of cultural significance. Always get appropriate permission.
  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture or dig trenches.

Minimise campfire impacts - use a fuel stove

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the bush. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings. If fire rings are not supplied, fires are not permitted.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely.

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and rubbish securely.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young or in winter.

Be considerate of your hosts and other visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Give way to other users on the track.
  • Take breaks and camp away from tracks and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.


Please help stop the spread of dieback which is killing our native vegetation. The South West of WA is one of the world’s one of the world’s jewels in terms of natural heritage, there are over 8,000 plant species half of which occur nowhere else on earth. This makes it a fantastic place to cycle through, however over 40% of these native plant species are susceptible to dieback (Phytophthora cinnamomi) which can be inadvertently transported by human activity. Dieback lives in soil, water and plant material. It attacks roots restricting the uptake of water and nutrients, eventually killing susceptible plants

What can I do?

Removing mud and soil from bikes and footware minimizes the risk of spreading dieback. After scrubbing, spray 70% methylated spirits and allow to dry before moving on. You can make up your own field hygiene kit which should include: brush (e.g. scrubbing brush, pick and brush) and sprayer (e.g. hand sprayer) filled with 70% methylated spirits or approved sterilant. Also avoid riding through puddles as mud sticks!

For further information, please refer to the following websites: Leave No Trace and the Dieback Working Group


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