Australian Canoeing requires members and AC accreditted paddlers and companies to remain familiar with and follow this guideline.
Canoeists, like others who use the outdoors for recreation, have a responsibility to minimise their impact on the natural environment, the enjoyment of others and on public and private property.
Australian Canoeing Guides and Instructors agree to comply with these guidelines and any additional National Park, council or other authorities regulations and fire bans.
Always seek permission from landowners (including government authorities) for access to water. Apart from being courteous, it is often required by law. Also, you may need their help later.
If you carry it in, carry it out. Carry bags for storing your rubbish.
AC recommends the use of fuel stoves for cooking, they are environmentally friendly and more efficient than fires.
Some national parks do not allow open fires – check the local regulations
If you do require an open fire
To ensure the fire is completely extinguished quench the fire with water before leaving.
Make provision to carry out human wastes where conditions are likely to result in wastes being a significant part of the impact of the group
If you are building a bush toilet
Use tracks where possible to minimize damage to flora.
Just being there is a disturbance to wildlife. Make as little noise as possible and respect the homes of animals.
Conform to fishing requirements including licensing and size/volume restrictions
If boats require tying up, ensure that the system does not damage the rocks or vegetation that is used.
To avoid the transportation of weeds or soil borne pathogens, ensure all gear is cleaned prior to any trip and then at the area prior to leaving after a trip.
Use self self supporting tents, rather than tarps or systems that rely on guys etc. from flora
Avoid putting anything into the water which may pollute it soap, dishwater, food scraps and rubbish.
Dunes and their vegetation are an essential but fragile part of the beach ecosystem.
Minimise damage to dunes by
Campsites should be at least 20 metres from creeks, rivers or the sea shore, some National parks have a minimum requirement of 200m.
Use formed tracks where possible.
Always leave a trip intention plan or float plan with a responsible party that complies with National Park’s trip registration and licensing requirements.
Leave no trace!