Trip to the ‘tip’

When heading into Cape York, be sure to leave only footprints and take only photographs.

When heading into Cape York, be sure to leave only footprints and take only photographs.

For most of us travelling to the tip, images of beautiful country and natural surroundings are what we all expect to see. Unfortunately, there are a few people that have other ideas and choose to leave a path of litter behind them as they leave this special part of our country.

When travelling to these places, please spare a thought for the natural environment and also for other travellers that will also be visiting these areas. Simple rules such as taking your rubbish with you are common sense. If there are no bins provided in the area, it is a simple case of putting the rubbish back into the vehicle (where it came from in the start) and taking it with you and then disposing of it properly at a later stage.

Leaving litter not only spoils the scenery of this beautiful country, but it can also have negative effects on the natural habitat. Wild animals are not meant to consume our rubbish and flood-waters in the wet season will also wash out the litter into our rivers, creeks and ultimately, oceans.

Cape York is not a dumping ground. Be sure to take your rubbish with you.

Cape York is not a dumping ground. Be sure to take your rubbish with you.

When nature calls, think about where you are. If you are in the bush and you have to go to the toilet, try to move to high ground (if you are in a river bed) and dig a hole at least the length of a ruler and then cover that in once you are finished. There is nothing worse than stepping in someone else’s mess. I do not know about you, but I would much rather have the sand between my toes!

All in all, it is common sense and courtesy to make sure we leave the area in the pristine condition it should be. I do not know of anyone who wants to visit the cape to find a trail of human rubbish.