Eco Friendly Camping

EASY ECO-FRIENDLY

 CAMPING TIPS

STAY ON THE DESIGNATED WALKING TRAILS

The reason why wetlands, grasslands, and mountainsides look pristine. It is because they haven’t had an endless parade of walking boots traipsed across them, trampling everything in sight. Leaving no trace extends to the natural ecosystems out on the trails. Stay on the walking trails and only camp in designated campsites so future generations can enjoy the untouched beauty of our national parks for many years to come.

KNOW HOW TO POOP IN THE WILDERNESS

Just because dingoes and kangaroos go to the toilet wherever they want doesn’t mean you can. If nature calls while you are out exploring nature, find a place at least 200 metres away from a campsite, and nowhere near any natural water sources. Dig a hole at least six inches deep, and don’t leave any toilet paper behind.

STOP USING PAPER AND PLASTIC CUTLERY AND PLATES

More and more campers are using paper and plastic cutlery for convenience. We all hate washing up, but plastic cutlery you use once and throw away only ends up sitting in a landfill somewhere else, or in our oceans. Stop using single-use cutlery and plates to cut down on your non-biodegradable waste. It’s time to do some washing up. 

INVEST IN

NON-TOXIC INSECT REPELLENT

There are ways of making your own insect repellent which doesn’t harm the environment. It is cheaper and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals which get into the air and water sources.

GO SOLAR

There are more solar camping accessories on the market than ever before. From chargers to lanterns, to whole ovens. Aside from being more eco-friendly, they are way more convenient, allowing you to use all your favourite gadgets off the electrical grid in the real Australian outback.

BE AWARE OF YOUR CAMPFIRE

Nothing wreaks havoc across the bush like a wildfire. They plague the Australian landscape every summer, you don’t want to be responsible. Always obey local fire regulations and use fire pits to keep your fire small.

RESPECT THE WILDLIFE

I am always saddened by the number of videos I see on the internet of numbskulls boxing kangaroos. I am sure these are not part of the OnDeck outdoor community, but this extends to your pets as well. Make sure your dog is under control around other animals.

TAKE ONLY PICTURES

A picture tells a thousand words. If that isn’t enough words to describe how beautiful a landscape or a flower is, then nothing will be. Don’t take crushed flowers or berries with you. Take a picture, marvel at our beautiful landscape with your eyes but don’t take anything with you. 

It is up to all of us as outdoor lovers to protect our wilderness. I personally want my kids and grandkids to get the same enjoyment from nature as I have and will do everything I can to preserve the delicate ecosystems that make our landscape so alluring.


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Oli Ward
oli@dinga.com.au

Oli has camped and hiked his way around Australia and most of Europe. He also loves writing about his experiences and sharing his knowledge.