Australia Warnings and Dangers

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Australia Warnings and Dangers

  • King Cross

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    Many people will tell you the dangers of Kings cross, on the other hand there are a few that will say its safer than..... Well these people are just trying to tell you how tough they are, in a round about way. I lived 5 min walk from the centre of the kings cross strip for about 6 months. Lets say it was an experience, if anybody i care about asks...

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  • Crime

    Brisbane Warnings and Dangers

    I've heard it can get a bit rowdy over in Fortitude Valley, but in the central part of the city it felt extremely safe even into the early hours of the morning. What's more, for what felt like a somewhat provincial city, people seemed comfortable walking around dressed in all kinds of provocative get-up, and nobody thought it at all unusual or...

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  • Sharks

    Perth Warnings and Dangers

    Although the chances are very slim, while i was in Perth, a bloke was killed by a shark on Cottesloe beach, the main tourist beach! that was in 2001 in 2013, the siren went off as there were sharks in the bay and 4 helicopters circled keeping an eye on them. dont youre more likely to be killed by a cow than a shark!

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  • Native Fauna

    Adelaide Warnings and Dangers

    IN Adelaide? You are more likely to be a victim of Adelaide's terrible drivers ;-) or ripped off than be hurt by Adelaide's creatures or other natural dangers. Some that people talk about are Octopus The blue ringed octopus is very small and highly toxic. The do live in coastal areas around Adelaide. They live inside small crevices which can...

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  • Crime

    Canberra Warnings and Dangers

    Thankfully this is not a warning but rather a message to put your mind at ease when visiting Canberra. Australia and Australian cities are amongst the safest travel locations in the world. Canberra, the Capital of Australia and oft described as a big country town, is very safe from a visitor perspective with one small exception which would not...

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  • Water safety.

    Gold Coast Warnings and Dangers

    If you come to the Gold Coast then you are most likely going to enjoy one of the long, white, sandy beaches. Beaches in Australia are patrolled by volunteer Lifesavers for your safety. Some people are not aware that they are getting sunburnt, and dehydrated badly! On the Beach, they have flags, and there is usually a notice nearby telling you what...

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  • Wildlife.

    Hobart Warnings and Dangers

    There are not many dangers in Hobart, it is a nice quiet city, the danger gets when you get out of the city, with snakes (deadly) , big waves (deadly), sharks (deadly), but I did survive them all, so it ain't bad at all, just watch out for them and don't be stupid.

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  • Bag snatching / Pickpockets etc

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    There's nothing especially dangerous about Sydney, and it feels completely safe and relaxed around the centre, especially during the day. There are a few parts that have bad reputations, but they are outside the CBD. The most infamous area is Kings Cross, famed haunt of drug addicts, prostitutes and gangsters. But that area is becoming gentrified...

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  • Transport

    Brisbane Warnings and Dangers

    I know in some Countries there is no need to do this, as Buses stop at all stops. In Brisbane and suburbs it is different, you must put your arm out to "hail the bus." If you don't do this, then the Bus will drive straight past and you may have to wait a long time for the next one to come along. Look at the sign, and you will see Bus and a person...

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  • Kanagaroo's and Emu's

    Perth Warnings and Dangers

    Kangeroos are everywhere along the roads if u drive away from perth city. It is very saddening every morning to see fresh carcasses of kangeroos lying by the roadside. As with all road trips, keep the driving to daylight hours only. Highways are not lit and kangeroos can jump out anytime. And i heard from my friend that kangeroos are actually...

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  • Weather

    Adelaide Warnings and Dangers

    Here in Adelaide South Australia we are experiencing a phenomena of 'Extreme Weather'! We are living through the hottest and longest heatwave ever recorded - one can't help but think about global warming. Last Summer we endured 15 days straight when the weather was 38 degrees celcius or above. This Summer, over just the last few days, we have...

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  • Wildlife

    Canberra Warnings and Dangers

    There is a great opportunity for visitors to Canberra to se over 500 Eastern Grey kangaroos within minutes of the Canberra City! Just travel down Ginninderra Drive from the city and turn into Baldwin Drive, the driveway to the Belconnen Naval Transmitter Station is about 2km up the road on the left. You wont be allowed into the site but there are...

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  • Schoolies Week.

    Gold Coast Warnings and Dangers

    If you ever want to avoid the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise, well, when Schoolie's week is on is the time to do it. At the end of November, and the 1st week of December every year, thousands of School leavers converge on the Coast for a good time, I'm afraid its not a good time for a lot of them or for you! Drunkness, Drugs,...

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  • Spiders / Snakes / Animals

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    My wife has had the pleasure of being bit not once but twice by a spider while sleeping. The first time it was a big bite on her nose(which swelled up something fierce) and the second was her eyelid(that totaled swelled shut). Both times we sought some treatment at a local pharmacy and were given pills and creams that helped out the situation....

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  • Marine Life

    Brisbane Warnings and Dangers

    It is a good idea NOT to go swimming in the Brisbane River, as it is home to approx 500 Bull Sharks. The bull shark is known for its aggressive nature and has been the cause of a few deaths in the River, and fatal maulings in the Gold Coast Canals. The bull shark lives in both saltwater and freshwater and can travel far up rivers and has been found...

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  • Crime & Safety

    Adelaide Warnings and Dangers

    Adelaide isn't really a very dangerous city but it is still a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and I wouldn't suggest walking around the streets at night, epically if you are alone. Hindly Street has been classed at the worst street in Adelaide but it isn't really as bad as everyone makes out. Make sure you are not alone and stay away...

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  • Traffic

    Canberra Warnings and Dangers

    Car Parking, this was one place where we drove round and round! There is a large underground car park beneath the Forecourt of the building with a time limit of three hours, but this was completely full. Outside, and the are plenty of parking bays, but these were all full too, unless you wanted to walk a long way, which my husband couldn't do...

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  • Wildlife.

    Gold Coast Warnings and Dangers

    Pelicans, they love to eat fish!, so if you are fishing and there is a Pelican nearby, you had better wind it in quick, or lose it! They have been known to chase after people for the fish. Also, heading along the Ocean side towards Main Beach, on every light post if you look up, you will see a Pelican sleeping or preening itself!

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  • Water and general safety

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    I had never heard of these until I saw them on the beach. They aren't bottles, and they aren't glass. But they are blue and they are similar to a jellyfish! YIKES! These are also called a Portugese Man of War and they generally can be found in the summer months in parts of Australia. I've seen them on several of Sydney's northern beaches after...

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  • Sunburn

    Brisbane Warnings and Dangers

    Brisbane is capital of the Cancer State! Yes we suffer the highest incidence of sun cancers in the world. Don't add to the statistics. Slip, Slop, Slap! Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat, Slip, Slop, Slap! You can stop skin cancer - say: "Slip, Slop, Slap!" .............and wrap on the sunnies to protect your eyes!

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  • Drinks

    Adelaide Warnings and Dangers

    Although it almost certainly won't harm you, locals almost never drink tap water, due to it's funny dirty taste. Adelaide water is often taken from the Murray River, which due to over farming has serious errosion and salinity problems, causing the water to taste funny and look a bit muddy/murky. As a result I'd always recommend buying spring...

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  • Politics

    Canberra Warnings and Dangers

    In total, the national parliament has under 250 politicians: even including their personal staff you have probably no more than a thousand people. And remember, if you're an Australian citizen and you're unimpressed by 'the Pollies', the people of Canberra didn't invite them: you're the ones who keep sending them here! . So when the media says...

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  • General

    Gold Coast Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful while in Queensland. People there are generally very racist. A lot red necks there. Avoid it if possible especially during Schoolies Week in Gold Coast. Gets very violent and rowdy with drunk school kids.

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  • Driving and Transport

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    If you are traveling on sydneys trrains on weekends there will most likely be track work at the station your leaving or going to When trackwork happens passangers must hop on a cityrail bus that will take you to the station Cityrail bus journeys takes allot more time than train trips. Also there are trafic jams Try & take city buses to get to...

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  • Shark Attacks

    Adelaide Warnings and Dangers

    I have written a number of tips and reviews about the wonderful white sand beaches and inviting sea right along the Gulf St Vincent. Because of the presence of sand banks the water tends to be shallow and there are rarely rips or large waves. While these beaches are generally safe for swimming and other activities it is important to exercise...

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  • Sun / Sunburn

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    Follow those steps even if not at the beach on a 35 degree day!! Walking around in Summer, wear a hat and sunscreen. I enjoyed a brunch with a spaghetti strap dress on- was there for around 2 hours. Got to my house and my shoulders were 'red as a beetroot' was the term. It was not the first time i have been badly sunburnt in Sydney due to my fair...

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  • Food & Dining

    Adelaide Warnings and Dangers

    The Adelaide Zoo took us most of the day to look around, so come lunch time, we had to buy some food. We chose the Zoo Cafe "Wildbites." This is more fast food, like hot chips, hotdogs, hamburgers, fish and chips, pies, pasties, and sausage rolls. More healthy options available were sandwiches, baguettes, and salads. Soft drinks, ice tea,...

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  • You may never want to leave!

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    Sydney is an easy, carefree city and I can see why you wouldn't want to leave. During my visit I found myself wondering what it would be like to live in such a beautiful city. I didn't want to leave and I promised myself that I would return very soon.

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  • Transportation

    Adelaide Warnings and Dangers

    The speed limit in Adelaide is usually 60 kph. If you drive 70 kph instead and you are caught it costs you AUD 133. :( Drivers in Adelaide are very considerate. There is not so much fighting and showing off as I knew it from other cities. Only riding a bike is quite dangerous on main roads without bicycle path. Cars pass incredibly close to your...

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  • Taxis

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    I didn't really have a great experience with taxi drivers in Sydney. One of them was too busy listening to the football to answer my questions, another was chatting on the phone to someone in a foreign language and most of them were just really bad drivers - racing up behind other cars and screaming to a stop.

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  • Drugs

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    I went to the Ivy Club/bar in March. I stayed there for 4 hours. Ivy has a hole in the roof meaning its outdoors. Thios places disgusts me! There are smokers everywhere. & if your a person that has respiratory Illnesses you will get sick just for going to this place I'm an Asthmatic & i got a throat Infection from all the idiots smokers at IVY. I...

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  • Drinking

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful after dark around Central Station, which is where the vast Sydney Central YHA (youth hostel) is. Also be EXTREMELY careful in Redfern at night. It can't be stressed enough. Don't go there unless you have a specific reason to. Scan each street BEFORE you start to walk down it. If you see unsavoury people milling about, assess whether it...

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  • Money Changing

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    The most convenient way to get local currency is to use your ATM card at the many banks dotting along Sydney. You will find the you get better rates than exchanging your currency at those exchange booths. There are plenty of banks with ATM machines throughout Sydney, including the airport where you may just want to withdraw some money before...

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  • Bush Fires

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    The bushfire season obviously goes through summer, November through February, and the worst time is usually Christmas/New Year. In drought conditions, which is a regular occurence, the danger period is much longer. This is a time of extreme danger, and not only in the bush. The Blue Mountains are often hit and, because Sydney has many natural bush...

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  • Warnings re road trips in Oz

    Check out the Warnings on my State of Queensland Page as part of your preparation to do road trips on your Australian HolidayAS most Australian States have the same road rules and very similar driving conditions the advice offered in this Queensland page is transferable to other places.

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  • YOU COULD BE DRIVEN MAD!

    BY FLIES!In the outback of Australia and in the southern states in summer flies are around in large numbers.Why are there so many and how did they arrive in Australia? Why are there so many flies in Australia? These are Bush Flies. The female bush fly is a real pest as it likes to pester humans for protein from your tears, saliva, the mucus in your...

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  • SCHOOL ZONES

    All around Australia you will find Schools on main roads and back roads, isolated places and busy cities, all have in common is the School zone.When travelling by car, watch for the School zone sign in yellow, then below it will be the times you have to travel at 40kph past the school, from the first sign to the last sign, no further, no less.You...

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  • ROAD WORKS ON PACIFIC HIGHWAY

    The Pacific Highway is the major route travelling along the coast from Brisbane to Sydney.It is very busy route and the one most travelers take to travel between the two major cities.At one stage, it was only a 2 lane road, now some is four lanes in quite a few places making it a lot better.It is bypassing towns making it faster travelling, and...

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  • The citycentre is often also a alcohol...

    alcohol free zone & no scateboarding !This is something that tourists are mostly not aware of : Something else that applies to many towns and villages in Australia is the fact that it is forbidden to drink alcohol in public streets, mainly in the centre of a town, even in places like Tamworth with a famous country music festival going on each year....

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  • A "BLACK SPOT"

    When driving on Australian roads, there is a good chance you will come across one of the notices like seen in my photo.The notice states that it is part of the "Black Spot Program."This is part of the Government commitment to reduce car crashes, some often resulting in death on Australian roads. They are the areas where a lot of crashes occur, so...

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  • Take a room with Air Condition !

    Air Condition is something that really makes perfect sense, when booking a hotel in Sydney and the rest of Australiamost of the year. I was there in November, that is the beginning of summertime and my room in Callis Lodge was really much too hot untill late at night and next time I will definetely book a hotel with Air Condition.All I had was an...

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  • Did I see any Kangoroos? - yes,...

    Yes, I have seen a total of 6 Kangoroos,while driving around in New South Wales for more than 2 weeks, BUT all of them were dead and lying along the road, so they had been obviously killed by cars or trucks passing by.You will also recognize that lots of motorhomes and trucks in Australia have a construction in front of the car in order to protect...

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  • there is not always a real bridge

    This is something very Special that I did not see anywhere else on earth before: Small cars are able to use a wooden bridge, BUT for heavy vehicles over 10 tons you will find a so-called FORD as well, that is a solid concrete "Bridge" on a very low level, that might be flooded after a heavy rainfall and cars can still drive over that flooded...

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  • Be carefull where you step & walk !!!

    Australia will have lots of surprises for tourists - some are great and some are not so good : You will find thousands of poisonous insects, Spiders, snakes all over the Country, so it is certainly the best to have sold shoes everywhere !On the cemetery of Nelligen / NSW I did take some photos and obviously I then steped into a nest of some...

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  • DRIVING LONG DISTANCES

    Australia is large, with big distances between towns and cities.When coming from overseas, a lot of people do no realize just how far it is from one town to another.On our roads, you may come across a sign that says it is a "Driver Fatigue Area" This means that there have been an awful lots of accidents, including deaths on this stretch of road. It...

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