7 tips on how to be a great camper neighbour at Cape Conran

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Summer and long weekends can be particularly busy in National Parks. With many people choosing to #optoutside and go camping for their holidays, it's important to be prepared. Check if you need to book a permit and know how to be a respectful camper for everyone's enjoyment.

Whether you're planning a week-long summer holiday or a weekend trip, these tips will help you and your fellow camp neighbours have a more enjoyable stay in the great outdoors.

 

Tip #1: Check if you need a permit and booking to camp

Check that you have your permit (if required) and print a copy before you leave home. This is especially important during summer and peak periods at campgrounds such as Tidal River and Cape Conran and printing before you leave home will often save you time at check in. This assists our Rangers in verifying your booking. Remember to contact the local team or 13 1963 if you need to update your details or request a new copy of your permit.

 

Tip #2: Keep your equipment (including your vehicle) within the boundaries of your numbered campsite.

Please help our Rangers and volunteers out by not putting anything on the vegetation including tying ropes around branches.

 

Tip #3: Keep kids and wildlife safe, drive slowly.

When driving through the campground, keep your speed to 5km for the safety of others, especially children and wildlife. In a busy built up campground, it’s much easier to brake for the child running after their ball or a wallaby that might step out in front of you if you’re taking it nice and easy.

 

Tip #4: Keep noise to a minimum.

Especially after 11pm.

 

Tip #5: Enjoy the facilities and keep them clean for everyone else to enjoy.

Keep them nice and clean so that everyone has a chance to enjoy them. If you notice an issue, be sure to let a Ranger or member of staff know as soon as possible.

 

Tip #6: Planning a hike or a visit to the beach?

Check the conditions before you go, take plenty of water and be sure you take your rubbish home with you. Whilst most parks have a ‘leave no trace’ policy which means you need to take your rubbish out with you. Waste and recycle bins are provided in central locations around Banksia Bluff Campground. Please separate recyclable material from rubbish and place in the appropriate bins. Remember, plastic bags are not recyclable.

 

Tip #7: Keep your food well covered and in your vehicle, especially at night.

Cape Conran is home to many Wombats have a great sense of smell and can destroy tents that may have food in them. Wombats are nocturnal and there’s nothing worse than getting woken in the middle of the night by a hungry wombat, so remember to store all food in your vehicle at night.

 

For more tips, check out this video by Wombat himself

 

 

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