Policy in Australia
Below is some advise on how to get the maximum
benefit from the beautiful environment and rich culture we
have in Australia. We believe in being culturally sensitive
and minimizing any negative impacts on the environment. To
support conservation and preserve our cultural heritage, we
need your help. You can assist us with these goals by taking
the simple steps outlined below.
Before and during your journey
Learning about Australia before you arrive
will enrich your experience. We recommend reading up on the
history, wildlife and culture. Some helpful references are:
www.csu.edu.au or www.australianwildlife.com.au
In some areas we do ask that you respect any
sacred sites and adhere to any requests. This is particularly
relevant to some indigenous sites in Western Australia and
the Northern Territory. Climbing Ayres Rock is permitted however
the indigenous people of the area would prefer people did
not partake in the climb.
There are also some health risks and if you are attempting
the climb, appropriate clothing, footwear and water should
be taken for the trip. For more information on sacred sites
and indigenous people see www.indigenousaustralia.frogandtoad.com.au
Keep Australia Beautiful
In Australia we recycle waste and ask that
you separate and dispose of rubbish thoughtfully. The bins
have different coloured lids for plastic/bottles and other
waste. If in any doubt please ask local campground operators.
Keeping Australia Beautiful is important. If you see rubbish
you can take the extra step and help us clean up the Nation.
We are grateful for your co-operation.
At Australia 4 Wheel Drive Rentals we use only bio-degradable
products to help the environment. We encourage our clients
to do likewise.
Be Water Wise
Water is a scarce resource. Australia regularly
experiences drought in many regions. Please use water wisely.
If in a particularly affected area we ask that showers be
kept to 4 minutes or share a shower with a friend. It can
be fun!! For more information you can see examples at www.conservewater.melbournewater.com.au
Fire can be a hazard
Bushfires are a real danger in Australia.
It may be a Total Fire Ban day. This means no open fires to
be lit. It is illegal and a very serious offence with hefty
penalties to have an open flame on Total Fire Ban days. Do
not throw cigarette butts or matches out of the vehicle. For
more information about Total Fire Ban days and fire dangers
To experience the natural beauty of the Australian
outback is a fantastic opportunity. We do caution all travellers
to take care when visiting remote areas. We recommend carrying
plenty of additional water and also a spare can of petrol.
Be mindful of where the next opportunity will be to fill up
with petrol and supplies. For more safety tips when travelling
in the Outback see www.australiasoutback.com
Helping to protect the environment
Australia has a very unique and fragile eco
system. To help protect our beautiful country we ask when
walking or cycling, please stay on the designated paths to
minimize erosion. Just by watching where you walk can help
protect sensitive areas/wildflowers/plants that in some cases
can take years to regenerate.
The Great Barrier Reef
Australia's natural wonder, The Great Barrier
Reef is on many peoples itinerary and a spectacular sight.
To learn more about protecting this beautiful natural wonder
Australia's unique wildlife
The magnificent wildlife we have in Australia
needs protection. We recommend that you do not travel at dawn
or dusk, as this is a peak time for wildlife to be prevalent
near the roadways. If it is necessary to travel at these times,
please slow down and use extra caution. A kangaroo can jump
very suddenly in frount of a car with unfortunate consequences
to passengers, animal and vehicle. Feeding of animals is discouraged,
as they may be intolerant to many of the additives in products
that we consume.