Please be careful when driving in the South West of Western Australia. There are many long, winding roads, with other dangers such as kangaroos and sun shining through the trees. Remember, you won't get there any faster by speeding, you just may not get there at all. Relax and enjoy the ride.
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Driving at Dust & Kangaroos
"Kangaroos are native to Australia and are found in large numbers throughout Western Australia. They are a constant risk along any rural road, including the major highways and main roads, because they are attracted to the road where puddles of water form after rains.
Kangaroos can grow up to 90 kilograms and if you collide with one, especially at high speed, it may result in loss of control of your vehicle, major vehicle damage, serious personal injury or even death. It is not unknown for struck kangaroos to be thrown up over the bonnet (hood) of a car and crash through the windscreen, severely injuring the occupants.
A sign warning of kangaroos may be placed by the road where there is a known high risk of kangaroos gathering alongside the road or crossing the road at a particular locality. Drivers are advised to take heed of any such sign and slow down, scanning visually from side to side and watch out for any movement from the edges of the road. However kangaroos are so widespread throughout Western Australia that the absence of a warning sign does not mean there is no risk. You must always be vigilant about scanning the road for kangaroos - especially at dusk and dawn.
Kangaroos, like all wild animals, are unpredictable and can move very suddenly and quickly and may be panicked by the sight and sound of a vehicle. They also tend to gather and travel in groups (mobs) and if you see one by the road or on the road, chances are there are others nearby. Do not just focus on the one you have seen.
Kangaroos usually rest during the day and are most active between dusk and dawn. Travelling at high speeds at night on rural roads can significantly increase your risk of colliding with a kangaroo. Where possible, limit your driving to the daylight hours. If you must drive at night, place your headlights on high beam (but dip them for oncoming traffic), reduce your speed and constantly scan the edges of the road. If you see a vehicle in front of you which has slowed or stopped, the driver may have spotted a kangaroo or other hazard - slow down and be prepared to stop."
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A dangerous coast
The rocky coast of south-west Western Australia has some wonderfully scenic aspects but there are dangers present too. High seas and strong swells can make clambering around the rocky outcrops and rock fishing risky so take great care at all times. Watch for signs and obey instructions to keep clear and don't take risks. Fishermen and sightseers have been swept from these rocks and lost their lives when an unforseen king wave has occurred. These rogue waves have claimed many lives over the years, locals and visitors both.
Walk with at least 2 other people where possible.
Carry at least 2 litres of drinking water per person per day.
Take appropriate clothing (hat, waterproof) as weather conditions can change rapidly.
Tell someone where you are going.
Take care when swimming, may beaches have rips and undertows.
Do not walk on black, wet rocks as these can be very slippery.
In the event of a wildfire, move or stay on the coast for your safety.
Snakes are common but rarely seen. Watch where you walk and keep your distance.
Coastal limestone cliffs are fragile at their edges so keep clear of overhangs.
Beware of deep water at creek crossings during winter and after heavy rain.
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strange swarm sighted at Margaret River WA
No one warned me that I would encounter this unusual swarm of Asian B's when I took the BushTucker tour up Margaret River, they were everywhere and very loud, their pointed, poision barbs no less deadly for being delivered in a variety of languages, the males were all drones and the few females aloof and complaining, some even managed to avoid any paddling altogether. Never before has peaceful Margaret River heard the kind of shrilling most often heard in places like Oxford St Sydney, parts of San Francisco or Pataya Beach. Travel journalists, there was even a nice one from Canada who stood out from the crowd and did most of the paddling. Lucky for us they did not stay to complete the tour and buzzed off on their next 10second adventure and left the beautiful river peaceful once more.
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Lake Cave is not for the disabled or hugely unfit. There are 300 steps to the floor of the cavern and while going down can be disconcerting, climbing back up can really knock the stuffing out of you.
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