Packing for Queeensland
Luggage and bags: A bright colourful beach bag ,waterproofed on the inside, to make a "splash" on the beach. Then one for shopping as we are trying to discourage plastic .
An extra bag...fold a way for a short weekend if you are lucky enough to be able to 'dump' your main luggage.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be careful on the rocks or near oyster beds ..can be slippery and oysters can be sharp so wear non slip shoes. A pair or two of sox always in my bag. Remember too the sun can burn the tops of your feet if exposed.
Sometimes we get heavy rain and storms , especially in summer...so a raincoat. And it can be cool especially in air con. Mostly the beach goers dress in light , cool gear but be warned our sun will burn. So protect yourself. Don't forget a hat! Sun glasses and hats will also help protect you in the Spring from the birds who dive bomb to protect their nests.And you will need your swimsuit of course.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basic first aid is a must but then I am a nurse. Something to treat bites and stings. Sandflies can be a problem for overseas visitors and they make you itch. There are doctors and chemists readily available but if you are from another country follow the usual safeguards if you are on prescription drugs. Be aware there are ticks in rain forest areas which can kill small children and animals. A crepe bandage in case of snake bite if camping and a first aid manual.
Photo Equipment: You are your own expert.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Make sure you have a top to put over your swim suit.
Mind the jellyfish. There are deadly ones only they are usually further north. At one time there was a trend to wear stocking like protection....
For camping you will need good walking boots as well...Maybe an Aussie net hat to protect from insects.
Miscellaneous: Travel as light as you can..Ha Ha!
The old adage dress in layers is never far wrong. Pack clothes that do not crush....that will dry easily.
A little mix and match helps....and remember white sends the sun away...black attracts it and makes you hot.
Keep your valuables safe. Sand is a problem it gets in everything and thieves are around on the beautiful beaches...worse luck.
Same need for safety applies in National parks and camping areas.
Maybe 'come as you are' and buy what you need...but I never do that myself. Or do the throw away trick...start off with your old undies and throw them away as you go.
Coming to Queensland.......double your sunscreen
Luggage and bags: Wow, it's a hot place. As hot as it is in NSW and Coffs Harbour where I live, for consistently high temps, Queensland is the place to be.
What to take...........minimum of clothes (girls had 3 bikinis each (me, baby Robert and my son .......three swimmers) . Loads of 30+, insect repellant and hats. Miles of film......you will need it.......and don't forget the map. Remember, when ozzies say goodaye, and howyagoin.........doesn't really require a reply, just a nod and a smile.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: An umbrella might come in handy and the odd pair of shoes........lol. Thongs are the go.........I don't mean on your body, I mean on your feet..........
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.........did I say sunscreen?
Photo Equipment: Cameras and film..........although all of this can be purchased there.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hats and sunscreen, swimmers etc.
Miscellaneous: A book and plenty of money.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel
If going to Dreamworld (or other adventure parks)
Luggage and bags: I can't emphasize the sunscreen situation enough. You will be out in the open air but not necessarily aware of the sun beaming down upon you. So do remember the sunscreen. Take water with you too because the parks tend to overcharge for this necessity. While there are plenty of places to buy food, packing a salad can be light and easy too....especially with kids.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are also essential because you tend to walk miles in these parks.
UHF CB RADIO
Miscellaneous: Heading to "out back" Australia in a hire car for more than a few days?
Maybe you're including a hire four wheel drive trip to Fraser Island in you exploration of our vast country?
A UHF citizens band radio may come in handy if you bog your vehicle on a rising tide!!??
or need other assistance where ever there is an off-roader, semi or truck.
Hand held models can be purchased (AUD $30 - $100) from Super Cheap Auto stores and other motoring or electronic outlets. No licence required.
Most vehicles in The Gulf will carry one. Trucks have them throughout Australia. Truckies sit on Channel 40;Caravaners Ch 18; Shire Councils sign-post frequencies along the road at shire boundaries.
I often use mine to ask about local features eg "what's that yellow flower growing along the side of the road?"
or to assist passing a road train " I'm sitting on your tail! Is it safe to pass on this stretch of road?"
No doubt it could be a life-saver in a dire emergency. Cheap insurance.Related to:
- Road Trip
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