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Leave No Trace

P rotecting the cultural and natural heritage of the Gangalidda and Garawa people is the responsibility of all involved in 4WD, camping, and fishing activities. The following principles draw on minimal impact ethics and are provided to raise awareness of the respect due to the environments and communities where these permits apply.


People are welcome to visit and learn about our culture and country, and the life it supports.


Gangalidda and Garawa people have an ongoing responsibility to look after our country. We ask you to keep the country healthy for all people who follow you. Enjoy country sustainably and follow the 7 Leave No Trace principles.


Gangalidda and Garawa as owners and managers of our country. Country is our living landscape encompassing the water, the land, the sky and the seasonal changes. We rely on marine, animal, and bird life for food - if permitted, take only enough for a meal. Learn about our story for our country - and the story of our common heritage, people and our relationships and connections.


Gangalidda and Garawa people have ongoing responsibility to look after our country. When visiting:

  • Ensure you have an appropriate permit.
  • Ask first - Gangalidda and Garawa people will show you where to go and what to do
  • Respect the traditions and beliefs associated with our culture
  • Avoid restricted areas and follow regulations
  • Respect Gangalidda and Garawa sites of cultural significance including middens
  • Observe but do not touch art, cultural, and historic structures and artifacts
  • Dress modestly around communities.

LNT 7 Principles


Plan Ahead and Prepare

  1. You must get and display a current Gangalidda Garawa permit to access or camp and fish on Gangalidda and Garawa country
  2. Research your destination (southern Gulf of Carpentaria) and know the regulations and special issues of the areas you access
  3. Do not travel through Disease Risk Areas or Quarantine Areas
  4. Prepare for isolation, weather hazards and emergencies
  5. Carry and know how to navigate using a map, a compass and/or GPS
  6. Motor vehicles and boats must be in a satisfactory condition and reasonable spare parts, fuel and water must be carried
  7. Take sufficient food and drinking water (minimum 5 litres per person per day)
  8. To minimise rubbish, discard as much packaging as possible before you travel. Plan to remove all rubbish - take some rubbish bags. Avoid glass.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  1. Drive to suit the conditions, and to protect the track, the environment and your vehicle
  2. Drivers must use only defined tracks - No cross country driving is permitted
  3. Stay on established tracks and avoid creating new tracks unnecessarily
  4. Cross rivers at existing fords and be cautious of depth and current
  5. Avoid using trees or other vegetation as anchor points for vehicle recovery where possible. If there is no other alternative, use the largest sturdy tree and protect using tree trunk protectors
  6. Where appropriate unload gear and take breaks on durable ground to avoid damaging vegetation. Try to keep your vehicle clean and avoid transporting soil (including mud) and fauna. Soil may contain pathogens and plant diseases.
  1. Leave your campsite better than you found it
  2. Use only existing campsites - each campsite has a designated permit
  3. It is not permissible to have any impact upon vegetation

Dispose of Waste Properly

  1. Use existing rubbish disposal facilities if provided on site or in Burketown. Remove all rubbish including food scraps, cigarette butts and sanitary products
  2. Use existing toilets where available - a sullage point is available in Burketown
  3. Bury human waste at least 15cm under the ground 100m away from any campsites or watercourses; use toilet paper sparingly and bury, carry out or burn (subject to fire restrictions)
  4. Do not use soap, toothpaste or shampoo in or near watercourses

Leave What You Find

  1. Respect Indigenous art and other sites, including middens, of cultural or historical significance
  2. Do not touch rock art, which can be damaged by the natural oils from human skin
  3. Do not remove artefacts
  4. Prevent the spread of weeds and pests, check your vehicle, equipment and clothing. The permit holder must take all reasonable precautions to prevent the introduction or spread of exotic fauna (such as Cane Toads and Crazy Ants) and exotic flora, by cleaning vehicles and equipment prior to and when travelling within Gangalida Garawa country.
  5. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them
  6. This permit does not authorise the cutting of trees or removal of flora.

Minimise the Impact of Fire

  1. Preferably use a fuel or gas stove for cooking
  2. Observe fire restrictions
  3. Where fires are permitted, use existing fireplaces or pit fires (to be filled on departure)
  4. Light fires in cleared areas, away from vegetation and tents
  5. Keep your fire small - the size of your fire is to be proportionate to the size of your group
  6. Minimize the size of your fire
  7. Don't put rocks around the fire as they may explode
  8. Collect timber only where it's permitted; use only dead, fallen timber
  9. Ensure the fire is out on departure

Respect Wildlife

  1. Observe wildlife from a distance; do not follow or approach them
  2. Hunting is not permitted. Permit holders shall not carry nor discharge any weapons.
  3. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times - mating, nesting, and raising young. Touching nests or young animals may cause their parents to abandon them
  4. Do not feed wildlife as feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers
  5. Store food and rubbish securely
  6. Leave pets at home, baits and wildlife can injure or kill them
  7. Avoid driving at night, dawn or dusk if possible, as this is when animals are most active
  8. Slow down and let wildlife move off the track

Be Considerate of Your Hosts and Other Visitors

  1. Recognise, acknowledge and respect local cultures
  2. Respect other users and protect the quality of their experience
  3. Read and obey signage
  4. Obey the laws and regulations that apply on Gangalidda Garawa land and sea
  5. Do not disturb livestock or watering points and leave gates as found
  6. Do not visit places where you have not obtained appropriate permission