When travelling in any of these northern tropical areas now I always carry a good and reliable Mosquito and Insect repellant to cope with all the "bities"..Now that Dengue fever has been detected in Northern Australia I also carry it here...this is very important as Dengue Fever can be very dangerous if not fatal..I also carry a small day backpack with some other items that I feel are necessities when out and about.
I ALWAYS have a Reliable Mosquito and Insect repellant.
FOR THE WEATHER: A windjacket. a hat,sunglasses good shoes/boots,a compact wet weather poncho..%c
TOILETRIES: a small pack of wetwipes,a packet of tissues (in case the roll is empty) a tube of sunburn cream.a tube of moisturiser,and a tube of lip balm
CAMERA GEAR:I carry a charger for my digital camera batteries and an international powerpoint converter also a spare digital camera card
CARRY: A reliable self charging torch
If you are going snorkeling on the reef, MAKE SURE you apply sunscreen regularly to the backs of your legs, arms, and back. Many people don't realize the importance of this, but if you are lying with your back towards the very strong sun for a long time, you could get a bad sunburn. I have been victim to this before, so bad that I couldn't stand for two days! Better to be safe than sorry, and not be in pain for the rest of your vacation.
Be careful when walking anywhere in Cairns and around the tropics.
Please wear a hat, put on insect repellent and take drinking water with you.
A lot of tourists walk around without protection and end up with dehydration and or heat exhaustion .
Remember even if it is overcast it can be extremely humid and hot.
Driving anywhere in Australia you will come across the road to nowhere! .... big long stretch of road with nothing on either side. This is when you can become very tired, especially when driving more than 6 hours on an open road with no stops.
This is where Driver Revivor comes in. A great Federally funded idea whereby at various 'tired spots' on the highway, a free coffee rest house appears.
Please take advantage of the Driver Revivor resthouses for a free tea/coffee and renewal of energy to continue your journey. tropicrd and I pulled into the one at Innisvale for a quick pit stop before continuing our journey home to Cairns.
Havn't seen one of these signs since Darwin! Beware of the crocs!
Yes, apart from those horrid jelly fish stingers, Cairns has crocs!! .... But I'd rather swim in that nice free pool than the beach in Cairns anyway!! :o)
There are many warnings about crocodiles,stingers,stinging plants etc,but this is a warning about green ants nests.
These nests are are found in trees in forests and also in suburban gardens where the ants build nests on leaves --be very careful because if you disturb them they will attack,many people have been badly stung and have had to have medical treatment--their bites are very painful although not poisonous--it can be serious for some people if bitten by hundreds of these ants and if you suffer with a lung condition or allegies.
This is a warning for all road users in and around Cairns .During our dry season--May to October--the council does a lot major repair work and sealing of roads and streets.
So if you are planning to drive be careful--also time wise,you may be held up in some places.
Be careful if you decide to do the red arrow or the blue arrow walking tracks at Mnt Whitfield Cairns--we have lost two walkers this month due to heart attacks.
Make sure you are fit for this climate and take plenty of water.The walk may sound easy but it is deceiving.The entrance to these walks are in Collins Avenue,Edge Hill.
When i was walking i heard loud noise. I looked up and saw many bats hanging upside down in this one tree. Around 50 or more bats.
This is unusually for bats in bright daylight in the day time????
A couple of blocks from the Food court shopping center mall place. I forgot what street. the tree is about 50 feet high close to a corner.
Got a Answer let me know?
We have heard of several "bashings" (muggings, beatings) of innocent bystanders here in the past few nights alone. The police are aware of young gangs in Cairns but it's said there are "too many of them" here for them to keep up with. Our hostel did NOT warn us, we found out by reading the paper and watching the news as well as chatting with locals. After 10pm keep your wits about you and stay with a group.
just yesterday an aboriginal couple went swimming in the river and she was taken down by the croc. fotunately he had the presence of mind to blind the eyes of the croc who let her go, and she had to be airlifted to darwin hospital. be careful swimming in the rivers..
Truly, I think these are worse than stingers and crocs put together!!!!!
These little buggers can take a bite at you and before you know it, well you are itching like mad and have a nasty red mark on your skin.
They are a bite with little blisters on top. Don't scratch, stick some metho on them, if you get a really bad dose of these head to a doctors and gets some special cream to help.
BUSHMAN'S ..... This is a spray, Bushmans Tropical Spray is, I think, the best to use. Spray this on you and you should be fine.
These little fellows are usually around early morning, dawn and also evening, dusk.
Bushmans is also good for the mosquito factor as well:)
CROCODILES Never Smile at a Crocodile, well that is what the song says:)
Here in Cairns and surrounding beaches, estaries, water ways, rivers and anything else that has salt water in it probably at some time will have a croc or two lurking:)
There are signs everywhere to tell you not to go for a dip:)
Please follow these signs advice and swim somewhere safe!
The beaches are safe, BUT if there is a croc spotted it will be closed and you will see signs to tell you this.
NO we do not have crocodile attacks everyday....heck, I haven't heard of one for years.
If you are fishing along these places please take care:) That's about all the advice I can give!!!!
Ok, yes, there are some nasty little creatures that you can encounter.
Firstly, there is the Stinger, this little bugger hangs around the ocean in the Wet Season.
It's a real bummer for the tourist, but it doesn't spoil your holiday. You just have to take precautions not to get stung by this little fellow.
You will see that most of the Northern Beaches have stinger nets in the water, you can swim in these nets. The Life Gaurd guys will have signs out to let you know if you can swim in these on that day, also there are numerous sign to tell you what to do if you are stung.
Just follow the signs and you will be fine.
REMEMBER 99% of accommodation here have pools, beautiful pools to swim in, also there is the great swimming pool on the Esplanade, So don't let this become a huge worry.
Like anywhere in the world, Cairns can be dangerous after dark.
I don't want to put the fear of God into anyone, I just want you to take care and use your common sense.
It is not a good idea to walk alone in Cairns in the early hours of the morning. You are asking for trouble. Please either walk in a group or just catch a bus or taxi home. Taxi fares aren't that much, you have probably spent heaps on a few drinks and meal, so save a bit for a taxi fare:)
If you are walking around during the day, please just be aware of your bags. Make sure they are not wide open, with purse on top, easy prey for the not so nice person to lift.
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