Bushwalking is a popular pastime and favourite oudoor
activty in Tasmania. Many of Tasmania's spectacular wilderness
and natural beauty can be reached by bushwalking and camping.
Enthusiasts regard bushwalking as the best way to see nature,
favouring it over the use of vehicles of any kind because
the bushwalkers senses are not intruded upon by distractions
such as windows, engine noise, airborne dust and fellow passengers.
Tasmania places significant importance on preserving its
natural wilderness, and has set aside a large number of
National Parks where use of recreational vehicles such
as motorbikes are banned.
Bushwalking over long distances or
over difficult terrain requires both the physical ability
to do the hike and the knowledge of the walk and aany associated
pitfalls. In Tasmania, the Overland
Track is a classic example
of a multi-day walk that can lead to problems for the inexpereinced
bushwalker, of the walker who fails to prepare adequately
for Tasmania's often challenging weather conditions and terrain.
Buswalkers are naturally drawn to Tassie's beautiful natural
environments in which to enjoy the pursuit of bushwalking.
Many of Tasmania's environments are fragile and walkers
may accidentally destroy the environment that they enjoy.
While the action of an individual may not strongly affect
the environment, the mass effect of a large number of hikers
can degrade the environment such as been the case in many
of Tasmania's more popular walks where years of over-use,
combined with poor maintenance or low investment in infrastructure
by Governments has left many walks or sections of walks in need of repair.
Such problems are caused by numerous bushwalkers activities.
For example, gathering wood in an alpine area to start a
fire may be harmless if done onlu occassionally, however
years of gathering wood can strip an alpine area
of valuable nutrients and cause irrepairable damage. Generally,
protected areas such as parks have regulations in place to
protect the environment and Tasmania is no exception, with
increased spending in recent years ensuring that damage to
natural heritage and sensitive areas is minimised. If all
bushwalkers follow such regulations, their impact can be
will continue to be minimised and leave these pristine areas
free for other walkers to enjoy for generations to come.
Such regulations include total bans on wood fires, restricting
camping to established camp sites, disposing or packing out
faecal matter, imposing a quota on the number of bushwalkers
who can do certain walks, such as is the case with the Overland Track.
Bushwalking is one of the fundamental outdoor activities
on which many others are based, such as caving, camping,
kayaking, rock climbing and canoeing. And Tasmania is no
exception. Some of Tasmania's walks rank as the very best
in the world. So waht are you waiting for? Get a few mates
together and get on down to Tasmania and enjoy its natural
beauty by getting back to nature.
See also: Camping Tasmania