Leave No Trace Australia promaotes and inspires responsible travel and recreation through education, research and partnerships. Leave No Trace is Australia's national minimal impact program


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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While we enjoy the natural world, Leave No Trace teaches us how to minimize our impacts. As part of that work, the organization is taking on these and other challenges.


For more information on each of the principles, see the booklet Skills and Ethics – Australian edition.

      1. Plan ahead and prepare
      2. Travelling and camping on firm ground
      3. Dispose of waste correctly
      4. Leave what you find
      5. Minimise the impact of the campfire
      6. Respect wildlife
      7. Be considerate of hosts and other visitors

The following information under these seven principles is recommended as a guide to minimise the impact of your visits to Australia’s natural and cultural areas. “Leave no trace” depends more on attitude and awareness than on rules and regulations.

Minimal impact travel and outdoor recreation practices need to be flexible and backed up by judgement and experience. Techniques are constantly evolving and improving. A general rule of thumb is to consider the variables of each area in terms of culture, wildlife, vegetation, soil, climate and the uses it receives. Then use this information to determine which recommended techniques to apply.

Problems We Solve

Trashed Natural Areas

A cumulative impact from every discarded wrapper can devastate a natural area—removing trash is a simple but important and effective act of stewardship.

Polluted Water

Water is precious to all life. Simple, easy-to-follow advice helps ensure that rivers, lakes and oceans receive high levels of protection.

Misinformation in the Outdoors

Simply checking the forecast can save your life. From camping skills to safety measures, there is no such thing as too much information for an enjoyable outdoor adventure.

Wildlife at Risk

Wildlife should be just that—wild. Providing access to human food, or even just approaching too closely, is more harmful than most people imagine.

Damaged Trails

Trail erosion can permanently alter the landscape and is preventable when people adopt Leave No Trace principles.

Destructive Fires

Careless actions, such as leaving campfires unattended or casually discarding cigarettes, are among the most common causes of destructive wildfires, leading to billion-dollar losses and the death of people and wildlife.

Crowded Parks

Overcrowding can cause disruption to wildlife, harm to the natural landscape and even lead to social conflicts.

We need nature. Nature needs us. Let's get to work!

Using the power of science, education and stewardship of people and partners, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is on a mission to ensure a sustainable future for the outdoors and the planet.

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