Hard to believe but Cairns is one of the most dangerous Queensland cities in which to ride your bike. Perhaps the statistics are weighted by the fact that the topography is relatively flat and traditionally most people own bicycles. However, of the 41 fatal bicycle accidents in Queensland during the five years to 2007, at least eighteen were in Cairns. Even more disturbing is the fact that eleven fatalities occurred on the Cairns Western Arterial Road and Another seven on a single Cairns road, James Street. (Don't have more recent stats but note more deaths have occurred recently on these roads).
Sounds like two places to avoid when cycling in Cairns.
Whatever you do please do not swim in Cairns along the Esplanade even if the tide is in and you think it is a swimming beach and you are hot and want to cool off in the water, don't do it.
If you do then you will get stuck in the thick mud and will need to be rescued.
Cairns has a swimming lagoon for swimming on the southern end of the esplanade for your enjoyment.
Cairns has a huge problem with youth crime and drunken vagrants. Gangs of young people trawl the CBD at night and will bash, rob and rape you. They are untouchable under Queensland law. The same applies to the drunk vagrants who swear loudly, urinate, defecate, fornicate and intimidate innocent passesrby during daylight hours. You need to stay in groups greater than 10 to be safe in the evening, police are unable to take action until you have become a victim so there is no point contacting them upon witnessing this unsavory behavior. You are much safer to stay in Palm Cove than Cairns itself.
Keep an eye out for this jagged grass plant that is found in forests and in Cairns..they are found around the Centenary Lake area so please be careful and if you have children ask them not to touch.It can give you a nasty jagged cut with the razor sharp leaves.
Please be mindful of the mangoes that have fallen from the trees around Cairns.
The birds and bats love them and leave them half eaten or split open making a slippery mess.
October through to 'approx' March is mangoe season and Cairns has hundreds of these wonderful trees.
If you are walking around the Botanical Gardens and the Tanks area then be extra careful as this fruit has dropped onto the stairs and ramps waiting for some unsuspecting visitor to tread on them.
There isn't anything that anyone can do about this until the season is over.
Although the first photo of the sign was taken in Palm Cove on a brief stop there, the second photo was taken at the Port Douglas beach. the warnings are just as relevant to nearly all other areas in northern Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. Third photo, well all I can say is PLEASE don't get too close.
Don't swim in open waters during the months November - April as there are marine stingers and they create a very nasty sting. I believe people have died from stingers.
Likewise crocodiles are an ever-present year round danger and they could be lurking almost anywhere. Nature has evolved the crocodile into a very efficient killing machine that can be in excess of 6 metres in length - don't mess with crocs unless you want to be part of the food chain.
Be careful not to touch the stinging plants found along hiking tracks,read carefully the signs situted at the entry to the trails.The sting from these plants are very very painful,if the pain doesn't go then you may need to seek medical assistance.
If you are walking anywhere near a creek,waterways,or the saltwater lake at Centenary Lakes and anywhere along the beaches,rivers and mangroves--be very careful.These areas are crocodile habitats.Visitors may not realise that Cairns is a croc danger place.
A crocodile has been sighted at Centenary Salt Lake on Greenslopes Street,Edge Hill..as I am writing this Oct 10th 2011.People are going down to do some croc spotting without really being fully aware they are wild and dangerous creatures.
Please be careful and heed the crocodile signs around you.
Be very careful when you are hiking or walking the bush tracks around Cairns and areas..many of them have rough dirt tracks with rocks/small boulders and tree roots sticking out from the earth.Make sure you have sturdy walking shoes/boots and keep your eyes open,the tracks can be very steep and narrow in places so watch your step.
Whatever you do please try and not park your car under the mango and fig trees in Cairns and suburbs where there is a flying fox (fruit bat) colony.Or under any trees where flocks of birds come to rest for the night.
They will leave your car,bike,bicycle in a real mess.
It is hard to clean off the duco once it dries and of course if left to long it can eat it away.
You may get a dropping as well if you walk underneath them.
You will be able to hear them when you approach,so they do give you a warning if you are walking..
If your transport is in a mess there is a self serve car wash in Bunda Street,Cairns or any servo that has drive through car wash.
Most visitors believe that because Cairns and areas are known as the 'wet tropics' and that rainforests are always 'damp' need to be warned of the danger of bushfires in the area.
Cairns and surrounds often have serious bush fires that can threaten homes and wildlife let alone the wonderful bushland and forests that are loved and visited by locals and tourists.
The ranges around Cairns have smoke hazes that filter down into the city and suburbs and those people with lung disease or asthmatics often end in hospital for treatment.
Sometimes after a big wet (the wet season) and a long dry season the hills and beyond become tinder dry.
Please be careful when you are travelling and take advice from authorities,if you have trouble breathing go to the nearest medical centre or the Cairns Base Hospital on the Esplanade.
Cairns and areas are renowned for the mosquitoes and midges especially at dusk.
My water aerobics teacher always had a bottle of no-brand baby oil on hand and made sure all the participants rubbed some over our face,shoulders,backs and arms or any exposed skin.
He told us that the insects could not land on the skin because it was to slippery,so we had bite free sessions in the pool every evening.
It is inexpensive and works,you don't need much and no chemicals to worry about.
Someone paid a lot of money for a typo - the word is crepes as correctly spelt on the blackboard, which reads: "Any sweet or desert crepe with tea or coffee $8" Not sure what a crap is - LOL
Sign on cafe umbrella spotted in Cairns Central Shopping Centre food court.
Be very careful after a heavy rainfall in and around Cairns,the swimming spots that are usually safe along creeks and rivers will soon turn into raging torrents and rapids caused by the rapid rise in the water.Most of these places are closed but some of the creeks run behind built up areas in Cairns.
There are man eating crocodiles about this region...We saw them.....We have read about them...People swimming or camping in crocodile country have been taken and devoured...fair game I reckon!...Yet not far from a large warning sign there were people actually swimming. You would not believe it.
We were told not to even put our elbows over the side of the boat when we were on the Daintree River. And still they had to be reminded a number of times. They were told not to move about the boat and cause an imbalance which could tip us into the murky water...but up they got. And had to be told to sit down.
And if one of these fools is eaten there is a hue and cry to kill the croc!
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