Care needs to be taken not to disturb areas like this ibis rookery, or to cause soil erosion by crossing rivers in inappropriate places

 

Four-wheel driving and trail bike riding

 

Responsible four-wheel driving and trail bike riding are now promoted by several peak bodies, motoring organisations and member groups.  Among these are the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council

(www.fourwheeldriveaustralia.com),

the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland

(www.racq.com.au), the South Australian Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs Inc (www.saafwdc.asn.au) and the Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Association (www.dsmra.asn.au)

 

While these organisations, to their credit, have developed sets of guidelines and codes of conduct to minimise environmental impacts from these activities broadly, from the perspective of our rivers and wetlands, here are some tips to consider. 

 

1.  Make sure you know where you can and can't go especially in relation to private property, national parks, or heritage sites (follow this link for more).

 

2.  Stay on established tracks and trails - don't go 'bush bashing' especially in areas where you might disturb wildlife habitat or accelerate soil erosion.

 

3.  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.

 

4.  Take care at river and creek crossings. Use established rock crossings where possible to reduce soil erosion. 

 

5.  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.

 

6.  Stay away from wildlife breeding areas, such as bird rookeries, and other sensitive areas (wetlands, river banks, dunes, creek lines etc). 

 

7.  Keep your vehicle clean to avoid bringing into bush areas invasive weed species.

 

8.  In addition, for trail bike riders especially, the DSMRA (see above) recommends that you "don’t ride when conditions are such that it will severely damage tracks. As a general guide, if you are leaving a 10 cm deep rut over a distance of 50 m or more, you shouldn’t be in there."

 

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

 

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