60 Best Walks

With the help of our branches and walks leaders we have identified NPA’s 60 Best Walks. These walks will be part of our regular activities program this year and will replace Walk of the Month. Visit our bushwalking program to find out more about the 60 Best Walks.

These walks are throughout the program, Look out for the '60' icon. 

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How can walkers help keep Australia wild and beautiful? Leave No Trace is an internationally accepted way of minimising impacts on the places we visit. You can do your bit by following these seven principles.

Plan ahead and prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns of the area you will visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Walk in small groups. Split larger parties into groups of 4-6.
  • Repackage food to minimise waste
  • Take maps and compass or GPS and know how to use them, to eliminate use of flagging tape or rock cairns.

Walk and camp on durable surfaces

  • Durable camping surfaces include established campsites, tent platforms, rock, gravel and sand.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary. If you use rocks to secure tents, return them to their place when you leave.
  • Protect water sources – camp at least 50 metres from lakes and streams.
  • Protect plant life – avoid spread of phytophthora and other soil-borne diseases by keeping boots, camping equipment and vehicle tyres clean.

In frequently used areas

  • Concentrate use on existing tracks and campsites
  • Always walk on tracks, even when wet or muddy, so damage is kept to a narrow band

In pristine areas

  • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and tracks.
  • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

Dispose of waste properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Check your campsite and rest areas for rubbish and spilled food. Pack out all rubbish and leftover food.
  • If there’s a toilet, use it. Otherwise bury all faecal waste and toilet paper in holes 15-20cm deep at least 100m from water, camps and tracks. Cover and disguise the hole when finished.
  • Carry out any sanitary pads, tampons and condoms.
  • Wash up using hot water, preferably without soap or detergent. Strain and scatter washing up water 50 metres away from water sources.
  • Wash your body at least 50m from water sources.

Leave what you find

  • Respect Aboriginal sites and other sites of cultural significance.
  • Preserve our past: examine but don’t touch cultural or historic structures and artefacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

Minimise campfire impacts – use a fuel stove

  • Many parts of Tasmania are Fuel Stove Only Areas. In these areas fires are not permitted. Carry and use a fuel stove.
  • Out of preference, use fuel stoves even where fires are permitted. Escaped campfires have caused landscape wide damage, and can threaten human life as well as plants and animals.
  •  If lighting a fire (where permitted) use only established fire places and keep the fire small.

Respect wildlife

  • Keep wildlife wild. Feeding animals can turn them into pests and may make them sick.
  • Store food and rubbish securely to discourage wildlife from finding it.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach wildlife.

Be considerate of your hosts and other visitors

  • Respect Aboriginal culture and country.
  • Respect the wishes and regulations of all hosts (eg Aboriginal, pastoral, land managers and locals).
  • Only visit places where you have obtained appropriate permission.
  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Let natural sounds prevail – avoid loud voices and noises.

The NPA policy on sharing of car expenses for travel to the start of walks is as follows:

  • Estimate the cost of the petrol used.
  • Double this cost as recognition of the extra expenses in running a car.
  • Divide by the number of occupants of the car (including the driver).
  • This is the cost to be paid by each person.

(As an example, if petrol costs $30 and there is a driver and one passenger, then the cost to each is $30.  In this case, the passenger, in effect, pays for all of the petrol and the driver pays the other costs.  In the case of a driver and two passengers, the cost to each is $20, i.e. each passenger gives the driver an amount of $20.)

Any extra costs, such as road tolls, are shared equally between all occupants.

Agenda

  1. A grading Special or T.I.E. (Take It Easy) may be added to any grade where suitable. This is a shorter, slower paced walk for people with lesser fitness. May be some rougher terrain. This is for some older or less fit people who may like to do some harder walks, possibly including off track but at their own pace.
  2. Exploratory walks may take place in the higher grades, but participants should be advised that the walk is exploratory.
  3. National Park party size limits where applicable are to be complied with.
  4. Some variations to the definitions above may be needed to cover some walks, & participants should be advised of this.