Whenever travelling in the northern parts of Australia now always carry and use a strong mosquito and insect repellant. Due to the tropical climate the chance of being bitten by mosquitos is vey high..Recent heavy rains and storm and cyclone activity has added to the risk..In the evening make sure that you are wearing loose light clothing with long sleeves and long pants..also make sure that all exposed skin is covered with a good strong mosquito repellant...early morning and evenings are the worst time..Really bad mosquito borne disease is transmitted now in the form of Ross River fever, Dengue Fever has now reached our shores along with the really bad Encephylitis...these are extremely bad infections and IF BITTEN will need medical attention ..especially for the latter..
Dont forget to apply to your ears also..
Whenever travelling in these tropical areas never underestimate the heat in the sun.. When you are out and about here, it is like the locals don't take any notice, but you will see most have long sleeve shirts and are all wearing a hat. Always make sure that you are using a strong sunscreen at least 30+ and wear a wide brimmed hat..The heat can creep up on you here especially if you are consistently in the sun..Australia has a really high level of skin cancer due to the high levels of Ultra violet rays.,and is a very dangerous thing. The hole in the Ozone layer here makes you more susceptible to the UV so take care when out in the sun up here.Another handy item is a lip balm and a tube of moisturiser...
The picture shows Ellinka Falls, another of the many waterfalls around here.
Mostly you park your car nearby and walk down the path through the wood to the fall.
If its rainy (as we had it) this path can be quite slippery.
Also we had to find out, that there are leeches. They don?t wait for you in the water but on the trees and you catch them up by walking by. So check yourself after these trips for them.
They can be best taken off with some vinegar (just poor it over) or a lighter (the warmth draws them away) or poor some salt over them.