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    insects, spiders & other nasties

    by globetrott Written Mar 22, 2015

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    When you travel in Australia and Oceania, be extra 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 wear solid shoes instead of flip-flops everywhere !
    On the cemetery of Nelligen / NSW I did take some photos and obviously I then steped into a nest of some insects. I had a severe problem with some inscects that were all of sudden attacking my left foot: 10 or more of them were biting my foot through the socks. I lifted the end of my trousers and saw lots of black insects with some kind of a woolen body, almost no feet, no wings and so I started to rub my trousers against my socks and obviously killed all of them that way or maybe they found a way to escape.
    These stiches were hurting for 3-4 days and I was really glad they were obviously not poisened.
    They must have jumped on my socks, while I was taking some pics on the cemetery, local people told me they might have been "earth-wasps" or something similar.
    When you considder that some of the most poisonous spiders on earth are living in that area it could have taken a worse end as well...

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    AUSTRALIA: beware of the roadtrains

    by globetrott Written Mar 22, 2015

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    This applies to everybody who wants to drive around Australia in a rentalcar: You will have to share the Australian roads with giant roadtrains and in most cases they had been much faster than I wanted to drive myself through Australia. So I never had the problem how to overtake such a long vehicle, but if you are used to drive faster than 80km/h on these mostly quite lousy roads it will be a steady struggle with these extra-long trucks.
    Mostly the overland-roads will have just 1 track in each direction and maybe a narrow hard-shoulder here or there, BUT as soon as you come to even a tiny village the streets are wide enough for 1 track in each direction for driving plus a wide parking-area on each side of the road for cars that are shorter than 6 meters in length.
    So parking is really easy in every village, and also free of charge.
    I mostly spent the night on such places, somewhere in a sidestreet totally unharmed by local people or police, BUT of course I always stayed inside the car and did never picknick or sit next to the car !
    I think that is essential: stay in your car and you are just another cardriver, sleeping or not !
    When doing a picknick, drive to a picknick-place !!!

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    Drop Bears

    by Orchid Written Apr 1, 2013

    New Research suggests that foreign visitors are in greater danger than locals in known drop bear 'hot spots'. The linked article gives some insight into how folk can protect them selves from the risks. Courtesy of Australian Geographic.

    Drop Bear Warning

    Look Out!!!
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    DISPLAY YOUR PASS (when visiting National Parks)

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When visiting National Parks around Australia, each vehicle is issued with a PASS, which you are to FIX to the BOTTOM right hand corner of your windscreen. It is very important that you DON'T LOSE this pass. This is like cash, so if you lose it, you have to pay again!

    Also, the front of your pass must be cearly visible from the outside. MAke sure you don't place the sticker/pass on tinted glass!

    Another thing worth mentioning is that this pass is not transferable to another vehicle. You can upgrade to from one day to multi pass. The passes can even be annually or up to two years.

    For annual passes, a copy of the registration papewr. bill of sale (for new cars if replacing annual passes) for the original vehicale and copy of the original annual pass. So, make sure you keep the pass.

    In case your car is stolen or written-off, you still need to provide documentation such as a police report.

    sample passes from one state
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    Barrier reef stingers

    by tropicrd Written Dec 9, 2009

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    Hi,most barrier reef trips supply you with stinger nets during the season.
    These tours are popular all year round and only cancelled if storm or cyclone warnings are issued.If you can do a scenic rainforest trek too it will be amazing as the waterfalls will hopefully be in full flow.It is the tiny irikanji (box jelly fish) that is usually the problem and our beaches have stinger nets which are checked each morning.Cairns also has a popular swimming lagoon on the esplanade.If you would like to know more about Cairns and areas you are welcome to contact me as I am a local and also Anne12 who is a vt member and lives in Cairns has lots of good tips on her homepage.
    Welcome to VT we are a nice lot of people.
    Hope this helps.

    Stingers in Trinity Inlet,Cairns QLD
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    VEGEMITE- LIKE IT OR HATE IT!

    by AusPinay Updated Jul 8, 2008

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    This is an Australian spread, which your Aussie host/s will probably offer you any time of the day - usually it is eaten with bread or crackers.

    As an Aussie citizen who's lived here for 16 years, I still haven't developed an acquired taste for vegemite. How does it taste like?
    SALTY, very salty! Yet, many Aussies like it, who ironically are told to use little salt in their diet. So why is it salty? It is a dark brown savoury food paste made from yeast extract. Savoury indeed! If you like that sort of thing, LOL!

    I can describe its taste as similar in saltiness to shrimp paste without the fishy smell but then it is just full on salty for me still! I first had it 16 years ago on fresh sliced white bread in a restaurant, just for curiosity as offered by my then boyfriend (now my hubby), it was alright, but nothing to rave about and several expired bottles after, I have stopped hubby from buying them as none of my kids like it too!

    Btw, it is spread on very lightly too, beware of using it like a cheese spread, it is very potent!

    vegemite for true blue Aussies is a fave spread
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    ALWAYS WEAR LIFE VESTS WHEN SAILING/CANOEING, etc.

    by AusPinay Written Jul 8, 2008

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    For tourists who like indulging in water activities like canoeing, kayaking, sailing, boating, you are required by law to wear life vests, which follow the Australian standards.

    Even if you're just going fishing on board a small or big boat/yacht, etc. you have to wear vests as the weather can change drastically in Australian waters.

    Each year, a good number of tourists go missing or endanger their lives and other people as well by not following the laws of this nation regarding wearing of vests and/or other rules.

    There are lots of shops where you can hire life vests and other sporting equipment. It is safer to go to licensed shops or establishments for safety reasons.

    Fishing license must also be purchased before going fishing even just for recreational purposes.It is available through the internet too and a more convenient way as some fishing shops in many local areas don't sell them anymore.

    wear life vests when sailing/boating
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    DON't LOSE YOUR TRAIN TICKETS to AVOID FINES!

    by AusPinay Written Jun 30, 2008

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    Compared to very broadminded Japan, I must warn tourists to hold on to your precious train tickets as train inspectors can really bed very strict and you might incur hefty fines.

    In Japan, there are machines for you to adjust your fares if you make a mistake or you can easily ask help from a train worker/staffer if you are lost or whatever problem you might face there.

    In Sydney for instance, they can be nasty and give you a fine on the spot so be careful and remember where you keep your tickets. Some buses also do not accept money just prepaid tickets as I noticed for buses around the city centre so do inquire with rail and buses offices or at the internet websites for these services.

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    DON'T FISH IN AUSTRALIA WITHOUT A LICENSE

    by AusPinay Written May 31, 2008

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    Even if you're just fishing for recreation, you must purchase/pay for a fishing license anywhere in Australia. Fishing rods can be hired, lure and other things needed can be bought or hired at tackle shops/fishing outlets BUT make sure you purchase a license. If you are caught without it, you will incur a fine.

    There are also a limit to the size of the fish you are allowed to keep. This will be included in the info in the website when you buy the license.

    NOTE: You can purchase a license for 3 days($6.00), 1 month($12.00), 1 year ($30.00) and 3 years ($75.00).

    The best thing these days is to go online and purchase the license as most fishing businesses especially in peak season do not sell licenses anymore.

    Each state in Australia has varying rules for the fishing license so do your research before you go fishing or incur a big fine or even face jail depending on the nature of your offense.

    Buy a fishing license in Australia before fishing
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    Beware Jelly fish can kill you

    by bianchis Written Aug 9, 2007

    Between October and May swim only in Net (Stinger Nets) protected beaches. Wear Neoprene or Stinger-suit in order to protect yourself. Neoprene wet suits covers you from toe to neck, put on rubber diver’s booties and gloves, seal the wet suits around our wrists and ankles with duct tape, and wade into the water.

    Symptoms:
    immediately pain, formation of bubbles and swellings on the skin, cramps, arrhythmias, heart-failure.

    Household vinegar (never spirit or alcohol) should much be poured over the tentacles remained on the skin as soon as possible. The acid of the vinegar deactivates the nettle cells and the tentacles can no longer pump more poison into the body. After contact with the sea wasp a doctor should be immediately consulted in every case.
    call emergency number -- for an ambulance. The number 000 (called 'triple zero' or 'triple oh') can be dialled from any telephone in Australia

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    Australian Sea Dangers

    by aussirose Updated Jul 6, 2007

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    Australia has some dangerous sea creatures. Everyone knows we have shark attacks but you're more likely to get run over by one of our many surfies than eaten by a great white. If the shore line is dotted by little bloated blue things with long blue tails, don't go swimming!! They are blue bottles and will give you a nasty sting and welts all over your skin by their long blue tenticles. It's a good idea to keep some vinegar close by to poor over you to sooth the pain. If not, Coke works quite well also. Also don't go swimming on the northern Qld beaches in summer as that's jelly fish season. They don't mess around - you're a gonner if one of them fellas get you.
    Happy swimming :o)

    Aussi Shark

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    Train crossings

    by pepples46 Updated Oct 30, 2006

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    can be a bit of a hassle in both countries....definitly in the countryside, the Train crossings are most often then not unprotected, sign warning and a red flash is all you can expect. take care and approach with caution
    and sometimes you have the share a bridge with the train, so make sure you are fast :-) don't take the train on, she is bigger
    the pic shows the train & car bridge at the West Coast of the South Island, between Hokitika and Greymouth

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    Wildlife in Oceania

    by pepples46 Updated Sep 6, 2006

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    on the roads.signs will give you a pretty good idea what can happen next. in NZ Pukekos are plenty around..and they made teir habitat right in the outskirts of our Cities... and these days the Kiwi, on Countryroads..though mainly at nite. take care of our national bird.
    in Australia, have a lok at the pix, wild Camels, Wombats and Roo's crossing the roads. the flightless Emu might take you on for a race and just when you thought you outrun him, the whole family joins in and chasing each other, often just crossing in front of your car.
    kadavers are disposed of by Eagles and Hawks and the always present Crows, right in the middle of the road. slow down, let them do their clean up

    Emus Pukeko sign cleaners on the road Pukeko in Christchurch Cokayne Reserve
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    Heat in Australia

    by pepples46 Updated Sep 6, 2006

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    the Heat and the enormes distances are to be considered in Australia.. stock up on water when going bush..meaning out of town. look after your vehicle,fill up, watch the tyres and right pressure....the tar on the road is often slippery from the heat. take your time when travelling long distances...and watch the wildlife, Roos and others have no Roadsense and it is quite a mess when hit by a Roo . and one other thing or two: when there is a breakdown, stay by the car...don't run off and try to get help. best thing is, tell someone where you driving and when aprox back.
    drought is an other severe obstacle when travelling in both Country and I speak for New Zealand too.
    water restriction are no rare events, the land in Australia is scorched, stock looks greyish and dehydrated and the forest in New Zealand is tinderdry..watch that cigarettyou light, make sure you don't start a fire.

    scorched land Sandstorm..postcard
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    Winter in New Zealand

    by pepples46 Updated Aug 31, 2006

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    people often ask me..is there realy winter in New Zealnd..yes it is, it can get very cold in the south of the South Island, minus 15deg C is not rare. Queenstown strifes on such conditions....Snow is the white gold in the Otago region..skiing the pasttime for young and old....and the Moneymaker for Tourism. the austrian and the german national Skiteams fly in regulary, when off season in Europe...NZ has very good Training facilities for these Athletes.Aussies come over for the Skiseason as well, Queenstown is packed with'm and they love it. in Canterbury it is Mount Hutt where the skifans heading for.
    drop in on my Mount Hutt page if you curious

    Lewis Pass in August 2000 late Sept 2005, my Backyard -10 in Christchurch, thats cold!
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