If there is a toilet, use it! If there is no toilet ‘go rough’.
Go at least 100m from watercourses and your campsite. Dig a hole, 8 to 15cm deep (in the biologically active layer in the soil). When done, ensure you refill your hole, and perhaps put a rock on top. The last thing you want is for an animal to dig it up, and then go and pol- lute the water way you were trying to preserve. If you are going river walking or to a pristine environment, find out ways to bring your waste back out with you, it is easier than you think. Always wash your hands afterwards, always! And do it away from water supplies. Carry out tampons and sanitary pads.
National parks have a code that makes good sense to follow no matter where you walk!
Help protect national parks by following these guidelines:
Bushwalking Leadership South Australia, in putting this information together, does in no way suggest that this is the ultimate guide and STRONGLY recommends anyone interested in bushwalking to educate themselves in the dangers involved with this activity.
Bushwalking Leadership SA STRONGLY advocates first aid training and recognised outdoor leadership training before leading groups of any sort of bushwalking.
This information is intended as a prompt or introduction to some of the basics of enjoyable bushwalking.
Trails are provided for your enjoyment and should only be used in accordance with the Code. Trail users must be adequately prepared and obtain relevant information and maps. The trail conditions may vary from time to time, and trail users are advised to check weather conditions prior to leaving. Persons should use caution at all times when using trails in South Australia.
This information was originally published in 2004. View credits.