Many park visitors wish to use generators to provide power for overnight stays. Some parks have signposted areas where generators are allowed.
1. What conditions apply to using a generator?
If you use a generator in an area where they are allowed, you must:
- take reasonable measures to minimise the generator’s noise and its impact on neighbouring campers
- use no more than one generator for your group
- position the generator closer to your camp than to any neighbouring camps
- obey any noise curfews in place at the campsite.
To reduce the risk of a generator starting a fire, you must:
- locate the generator in an area clear of fuels, dry grass or other combustible material
- ensure that extension cords do not cross access tracks and are rated for external use
- ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to safely operate your generator
- be present whenever your generator is running – never leave it unattended
- never use the generator on days of local fire bans.
2. How will I know if a generator is allowed?
If you need a generator to visit a park, you should contact the relevant local area office before you come. Even where using a generator is generally permitted, it can be restricted for park-management reasons or because of unsuitable weather (for instance, high fire risk).
A sign will show the areas where generators are allowed and the conditions under which they can operate. If there is no sign you cannot use a generator without consent from the park manager.