Spiders / Snakes / Animals, Sydney
Here they come - what a life of luxury it is living in the UK with virtually no creepey crawley scarey bugs or scarey poisonous things to watch out for - just the bombers and the pollution and the politics maybe but then thats another story!- and back in Sydney just a few minutes and here they appear!
The giant cockroaches! They are prolific in Brisbane and the warmer norther parts where they seem to congregate in almost hundreds so that when you come home at night and turn on the light they are scurrying all ove the place as if they think theyll get out of sight in time!
Like the huge cane toads, these huge cockroaches have made their ways further south and now are quite a normal sight around your homes in Sydney. Its not about lack of cleanliness - they just get in anyway.
For me its the flyspray that has to be handy - if anyone else is home I get them to deal with them - and Im not into crunching them underfoot myself and definitely prefer not to be in hearing distance if someone is happy to execute them that way.
This sign is posted near the Chinese Garden of Friendship. As we all know, swooping birds often leave a little something behind. Wear a hat (and maybe a shower cap over it).
Seriously, though, they are usually just trying to guard their nesting areas. If you need to, protect your head and eyes and simply move away from the area.
In the bushier suburbs and parklands of Sydney, lurk dangerous creatures whose bite could be fatal if left untreated. Funnel web spiders and venomous snakes abound in Sydney especially during their mating season. They normally hide under rocks. Wear good hiking boots and long trousers when bushwalking around the city's many parklands.
Although not dangerous, these are incredibly pesky. At certain times of the year, like November, there are a LOT of them, and they seem to like buzzing around people's faces and ears. I don't think there is a repellant for them, but expect to be shooing with your hands very frequently. The good news is that in bad weather they stay inside.
Obviously the ocean has numerous dangers.
Watch out for Blue Ring Octopus along the coast. Especially near rocks.
Blue Ring Octopus can be deadly and at the remote places, the hospital care you will need can be too far away.
There have been numerous sightings at the beaches along the Cronulla coast.
One thing you will notice about Sydney is that there are a lot of cockroaches. Don't be alarmed if you are eating at an outdoor restaurant and you see them on the floor. Or in your hotel room. It happens. They can't help it, so don't put the blame on anyone working at a place you see one.
If it doesn't happen to you, it is actually funny. I was eating at a very nice restaurant which I will not name, and an older lady at the table next to me was all dressed up, and a cockroach was climbing on her arm. She knocked over her glass and plate, screamed hysterically, and jumped out of her chair until my friend stepped on it. I know it's mean, but I couldn't help but laugh.
I am not too sure u will find these in your hotel, but just to be on the safe side! I live in Sydney and know that we have the Funnel Web Spider, known to cause 14 fatalities and a painful, venomous bite! There is also the Red Back Spider, Widow Spider- cause painful bites and the ugly, quite scary Huntsman that poses no threat to humans- only a mildly painful bite!! Keep this in mind and if u see a spider- don't freak! (Or touch for that matter!) Because remember: The spider is more afraid of u than u r of them!! By the way, this is coming from an arachnophobic person!! Hope u enjoy your holiday and don't encounter any problems!
Apparently it is ok to touch some of the native animals, provided you see them in a wildlife park, near someone who works there!!
Terry, my tourguide, gave us a lot of information about this before we entered the park!!
KANGEROOS: DO NOT TOUCH THEIR EARS!! But u can stroke them under the chin, but if you see they are about to jump, let them and move!
WOMBATS AND KOALAS: They have surprisingly sharp teeth, so be careful, but just don't stroke near their mouth!!
Sydney is a big city, so all the cautions you have to take in big cities, you will have to take here too, just watch your stuff.
But the real dangers are: the funnelweb spider, very poisonous, but antivenom is available almost everywhere.
the blue ringed octopuss, no antivenom, so don't let it sting.
At the beaches swim between the flags, the surf and currents can be extremely strong.
And the most dangerous thing is : THE SUN, wear sunscreen as the ozone layer above asutralai is very thin
I'm sure I heard somewhere, I might have read it in Bill Bryson's excellent book Down Under that Australia has more Posionous animals and plants than anywhere else in the World! I don't think that Sydney is bad compared to other parts of OZ, but there are still a few shocks in store! We arrived shellshocked after a 24 hour flight with no sleep, to meet up with my wife Jenny's estranged relatives, as we were shown round our part of their house were we were to stay. As we were shown the cupboards in the kitchen this enormous object fell onto the work surface! We quickly ushered the kids out of the room as this unfolded, it turned out that this monster of a spider was perfectly harmless, a Huntsman we were told! Still the nerves were shattered before seeing it! Also in OZ it is a cardinal sin to leave the flyscreens open.
Watch out for the wild Kangeroos on Pebby Beach, just south of Sydney!! If they think you have food for them they will chase you!!! But you can get some good pictures of them for a price!! (about half a bag of food is the going rate)
Some people wonder about dangerous animals. Honestly there is no problem, especially if you're in the city. Just remember the following.
- You can't pick up a snake or spider and take it home.
- If you're bush walking tell someone where you're going and take plenty of water and a first aid kit.
- Don't approach any wild animals and don't feed them.
on the beach always swim betweent the flags! There could be some real dangerous streams around and many people get killed during the year. Also be aware of spiders, never walk barefoot!
Australia is the country with lost of dangerous animals: sharks, snakes, spiders. Alsways keep this in mind!
We arrived in Sydney during the Spring Season (October) on Liz's first trip. We noticed an unusual amount of flies and swarming gnats. According to some locals this is common place for this time of year. We managed to get through the trip with only a couple of bites but next time we will bring some bug repellent.
At Taronga Park of course the crocodiles are behind glass so my getting caught was on camera not in the flesh. I needed to get closer to the glass to prevent the reflection.