Leave No Trace builds awareness, appreciation and respect for our natural and cultural heritage.

Leave No Trace Australia is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor travel and recreation through education, research and partnerships.

We are dedicated to promoting attitudinal change and the empowerment of individuals, companies and communities to accept responsibility for the conservation of their natural environment. This is achieved by forming partnerships to foster the development of Leave No Trace minimal impact skills and ethics.

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  • Bardi Jawi Book Launch

    Friday 16 August

    The surging 9 meter tides, the largely unchanged islands, the coastlines and savannah forests of Bardi Jawi country capture anyone fortunate enough to have visited, camped, or travelled to Bardi Jawi country.

    Leave No Trace Australia has worked in partnership with Irene and Wossy Davey, Bardi Jawi elders and traditional custodians of Bardi Jawi country, including the islands and sea country, at Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, to produce the Bardi Jawi Booroo visitors guide - the first time the world wide Leave No Trace program has produced a visitor guide in an Indigenous language.


  • Fitzroy Kayaking Expedition 2013 successfully completed

    Friday, 5 July 2013
    by Mike Collister

    In late January 2013 a group of Western Australian kayakers chartered a plane to access the Barnett River, a tributary to the Fitzroy River in Western Australia's remote Kimberley region.

    Whilst exploring this amazing river system the team raised funds for and practised the principles of Leave No Trace Australia. They spent two weeks completely kayak self support, with no rafts carrying additional supplies. They had the pleasure of not seeing another soul for this time, a reason many of us seek refuge in the great outdoors.


  • Fitzroy Kayaking Expedition 2013 for Leave No Trace Australia

    Saturday, 3 November 2012
    by Mike Collister

    The Fitzroy River is the highest flow river in Australia. With challenging whitewater, difficult logistics and remote location it is seldom paddled. Those that have paddled it rate it as one of the finest whitewater expeditions worldwide.

    The team of 6 will paddle this river commencing January 26th 2013 with an estimated 10-12 days on the water.

    They will practice the Leave No Trace principles and acknowledge and thank the traditional owners that will allow them to pass their country.

    We hope you can help them raise the awareness of Leave No Trace Australia. 


  • Excellence in Environmental Management award.

    Friday, 2 November 2012

    CITIC Pacific Mining Workforce Recreational Management Program - Leave No Trace project wins the "Excellence in Environmental Management" award at the 9th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its Sino Iron Ore project.

  • The CITIC Pacific Mining Workforce Recreational Management Program was also one of seven finalists for the Environmental Excellence Award at 2012 Golden Gecko Awards. The Golden Gecko Winner was awarded to Pendoley Environmental Pty Ltd for "Marine Turtle Research and Monitoring in Western Australia".

  • Facet 2012

    Tuesday 28 August to Thursday 30 August 2012
    Broome, Western Australia

    The opportunies for tourism in the Kimberley. It is one of Australia’s last great wilderness areas and has an international reputation as a world-class ecotourism and cultural tourism destination.

    The FACET and LNT workshops provides an opportunity for local tourism interests to understand some of the challenges facing tourism in the region, contribute to seLng the direc8on for tourism and explore some of the business and development opportuni8es that are emerging.

  • The Great Australian Bush Walk

    Saturday 10 March 2012

    The Great Australian Bushwalk is Leave No Trace Australia’s signature annual event which we are proud to be undertaking in partnership with Parks Forum’s Hello Parks! Week and National Parks Associations in each state.

    All Australians are encouraged to get involved in a bush walk of their choice. More information and website coming soon.

7 Principles of Leave No Trace

More substantive information on each of the principles is contained in the Skills and Ethics booklet – Australian edition

The following information within these seven principles is recommended as a guide to minimise the impact of your visits to the natural and cultural heritage areas of Australia. Leave No Trace depends more on attitude and awareness than on rules and regulations.

Minimum impact travel and outdoor recreation practices must be flexible and tempered by judgement and experience. Techniques are continually evolving and improving. The general rule is to consider the variables of each area in terms of culture, wildlife, vegetation, soil, climate, and use that it receives. Then, use this information to determine which recommended practices to apply.

Archive News
  • Mainpeak Multisport

    Monday 2 September 2011

    Mainpeak Multisport is a 155km multisport endurance event; a race that’s set to become an iconic multidiscipline endurance event journeying through Perth’s Avon Valley and Swan Valley hinterlands in Western Australia. When: Sunday, 25 September, 2011


    Natureplay and Leave No Trace

    Wednesday 20 July 2011

    When you go outside and play there is lots of life out there living and playing and working away in nature too - and they are doing it in their homes and backyards so you have to be mindful of HOW you play in Nature. That is where Leave No Trace comes in.


  • The Overland Track, Tasmania Australia

    Tuesday 11 May 2011

    What to expect, how to leave no trace and how to prepare for the Overland Track in Tasmania, a six day walk, travelling 65 kilometres through the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This video podcast is a must for everyone who is contemplating doing Tasmania's premier bushwalk, the Overland Track. Filmed by Production hut and produced for Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania.


  • MGRSI: Leave No Trace 4WD and Trail Bike Riders materials.

    Wednesday 30 March 2011

    Leave No Trace Australia (LNTA) have developed minimal impact education resources for 4Wheel Drive enthusiasts and Trail Bike riders in the Greater Sydney area as part of the Mid Georges River Sustainability Initiative (MGRSI).