Safety Tips in State of Western Australia

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    Don't expect to get dinner after 8 p.m.!

    by gabyne Updated Apr 13, 2005

    We made the experience that it is really difficult if not impossible to have dinner in a restaurant after 8 p.m. - outside Perth.

    Even in areas with some tourism like Exmouth where you find many divers and nature lovers, this is the norm. I don't know why and I have no idea what all the people do after 8 p.m. (watching TV?)...

    You also have to bear in mind that some restaurants are "BYO" (bring your own alcohol) and you should visit your local liquor store before having dinner. ;-)

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    Cheeky thieves

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Watch out when enjoying a bush barbecue. That sausage you are about to put in your mouth could be snatched out right from under your nose, or a tasty steak that's just about ready may be swooped by a sharp eyed (and billed) kookaburra.

    Thief!Thief!

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    Bushfires

    by keeweechic Written Jan 23, 2005

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    Bushfires are common in Australia. Known also in other countries as wildfires and brushfires or forest fires, they are particularly severs as eucalyptus tree leaves contain large amounts of oil which act a lot like any other oil and burn very fast.

    When camping, make sure you extinguish your fires completely. Be careful of cigarette butts. If you see smoke in the close proximity, head for the nearest open space.

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    Huge Road Trains take longer to overtake.

    by K.Knight Written Jul 26, 2004

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    Huge Road Trains, with up to three trailers are nowadays the means of transport when getting freight to the remote areas of Australia. Cattle is also shipped to the coast for transport overseas.

    These road trains take longer for you to overtake and they take longer to stop if you stop suddenly in front of them!!! (road trains weigh up to 140 tonne and are 53 metres overall in length.)

    A little courtesy on the road goes a long way with these guys! The general advice to motorists if you see a road train coming is to pull off the road a distance, if possible, and wait. Depending on the wind direction, the cloud of dust will prevent vision and hide small boulders and other debris bouncing along in the truck's wake.

    Just remember..They are at work and you are on holiday.

    53 metres overall in length
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    Neither do the Cattle!

    by K.Knight Written Jul 26, 2004

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    Most roads in Outback Australia run through working cattle properties! We came across this "bloke" on the Hamersley Gorge "road" in the Karijini National Park. The Karijini National Park is situated in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

    I'm not moving.
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    Tell somebody where you are going!

    by K.Knight Written Jul 25, 2004

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    The Australian climate can be deadly if you are not prepared!
    If you are traveling in your own vehicle and wish to take that road or track, research what is down there or where you are going by asking the Locals! Once you have chosen a destination, tell the local police where you are heading to, which way you are going and when you should return. You should also pack enough food and water for an extra couple of days, a hat, torch, matches etc in case you get stranded.
    If you told the police where you were heading to and time of arrival/return, and you do not report back, they will send someone out to look for you!

    Remember, if your car breaks down STAY WITH YOUR CAR! You will be easier to find.

    Just make sure you do report back to police when you return so that you do not waste their time and money looking for you!

    Off the beaten track!
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    PADI Dive Certificate in Exmouth

    by mikegr Written Feb 9, 2004

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    One of the most popular things to do in Exmouth is to dive and many people use the excellent Ningaloo Reef to get their PADI licence.

    A warning! I registered and completed the theory part of the course and the skills in a local pool, but I caught a cold and was unable to equalize the pressure in my ears - consequently I couldn't move on to the open water. Fortunately the company I was with gave me a refund of almost 66%. I met a girl who had the same problem but her operator gave her no refund.

    I used the money to go snorkelling with whale sharks.

    Definitely worth checking out in advance

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    Use your head.

    by elwood_6112 Written Nov 29, 2003

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    Be aware of the heat and the distances involved when travelling, as heat and fatigue can be a killer. Let people know where you are going, and when you expect to come back.
    Be careful and aware of your surroundings when in isolated areas, or urban areas late at night. If someone, or a group looks like they want your things or are aggressive then get out of there fast!
    Beware of travelling alone in remote areas.
    The best tip is to ask the locals where you are staying for advice.

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    Speeding tickets...

    by Cabana_Boy Updated Mar 11, 2003

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    Watch your speed in WA... Although you can drive for many kilometers without seeing a soul on the road, the cops are there and they're watching either from the air or on the road. So, if your luck is anything like mine, watch your speed. This bugger got me rounding a curve in the road and I was only 15 kilometers over the limit...

    Here's the cop writing my ticket...
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    Kangaroos in the road

    by Cabana_Boy Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Kangaroos and cars don't mix well, driving along the Great Northern Highway you can see lots of carcasses long the side of the road. Bottomline, these buggers are everywhere and quite frequently standing on the road. While driving along I had a six footer jump right out in front of me...luckily I wasn't traveling that fast and was able to avoid hitting him.

    Roos on the road in WA
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    Australia is famous for their...

    by richiecdisc Written Sep 3, 2002

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    Australia is famous for their poisonous snakes. Our Traveabout guide, Tom, was lightning quick and caught this black headed boa for Kristin to hold. It's not poisonous but not too many people wanted to hold it.

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    Bluebottles

    by naomimason Written Jun 18, 2007

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    Bluebottles have a very long sting and the pain is unbearable. Beaches usually have warning signs about dangers in the area so take the time to read them.

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    They appear from dusk until dawn

    by K.Knight Written Jul 25, 2004

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    Motorists should be very alert when driving on country roads in Australia between dusk and dawn. Kangaroos in prolific numbers graze by the side of the road and are often struck by oncoming traffic.

    Unpredictable
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    Unique animals do not give way to cars!

    by K.Knight Written Jul 25, 2004

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    Want to ruin your holiday?? Just speed on the open road, hit one of these and you will probably get a visit from the Royal Flying Doctor Service!

    Drive carefully
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