Leave No Trace

"Rules of the Trail" have been developed to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails and purpose built trail networks.

Walkers-by-the-seaWalking the Yorke

• stay on the marked trail
• when walking on beaches, walk along the water edge rather than along the base of the sand dunes
• cyclists should give way to walkers
• all rubbish must be taken with the walker and not left or buried along the trail
• leave gates as you find them, and use stiles when provided
• move quietly near stock and wildlife
• respect the privacy of others, including other walkers and landowners
• respect Aboriginal culture and country
• do not trespass on private land
• help keep the water sources clean
• observe fire bans
• do not disturb native flowers or other vegetation
• camp only in designated campgrounds

What to Take

No matter how long you plan to be walking, always take plenty of drinking water with you, as well as a jacket in case of a change in the weather. Please be sun smart and wear a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. If you're riding a bike, please ensure you wear a helmet for safety.

Depending on the length of your walk you may like to take a daypack with comfortable shoulder straps (with hip belt preferably). Suggested items to take with you include:
• plenty of drinking water (minimum 2 litres per person per day, 3 litres per day in hot weather and longer day walks)
• sunscreen (30+)
• map
• binoculars and camera (optional)
• compass, pen and paper
• wildflower and bird spotting books
• trail mix to keep your energy levels up on longer walks – try different combinations of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, chocolate and jellybeans
• your lunch if you are going for a longer day
• plastic bag for your rubbish
• whistle (for emergencies, six short blasts per minute)
• pocket knife
• small plastic trowel for toilet emergencies
• medical kit with: heavy crepe bandage (for sprains and snake bite), antiseptic lotion, insect repellent (non-aerosol), personal medication (including pain killers), scissors, tweezers, and blister kit

What to Wear

• strong shoes or boots with ankle support
• long socks or gaiters help prevent scratches and keep sand out of shoes, they also help protect against the risk of snake bite
• hat with wide brim
• loose fitting, breathable fabrics
• fly veil in summer
• some walkers find two pairs of socks (thick outer, thin inner) helps to prevent blisters
• beanie and gloves if it's cold
• using a walking stick will reduce the chance of injury from stumbles

First Aid

To avoid blisters always stop when you feel a 'hot spot'. If the blister hasn't formed, cover the area with a big piece of stretch adhesive non-woven fabric bandage (available on a roll from pharmacists). If the blister has formed, use a blister kit (also available from pharmacists). Avoid using sticking plasters or band-aids as these can make the blister worse by rolling up at the edges and rubbing the area.

Visitor Information

Yorke Peninsula Council acknowledges the Narungga (traditionally spelled Nharangga) people, the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Yorke Peninsula and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information
8 Elizabeth Street, Maitland, South Australia 5573
T: 1800 202 445   E: info@visityorkepeninsula.com.au


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