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  • Most of the dangers just come...

    by Scott_Karen Written Aug 26, 2002

    Most of the dangers just come in the form of snakes.
    If you're going into the outback in the summer then wear long pants and boots with the high guards.
    Snakes in Australia are particularly lethal if you see one just back away silently and don't provoke it.
    Make lots of noise when walking as this scares snakes off.

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    There are not a lot of...

    by cutestmidget Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    There are not a lot of dangerous animals in Australia. There are a few deadly snakes, but all you have to do is watch where you are walking, wear sensible shoes, and don't go poking your hands down interesting-looking holes in the ground. There are some deadly spiders, but again, common sense prevails here. Crocodiles are common in the Northern Territory and Queensland, however unless you're on a guided boat tour, you need not worry.

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    Bushfires are a harsh reality...

    by cutestmidget Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Bushfires are a harsh reality here in Australia. Our summers are dry and dusty, and we have more fires than almost anywhere else in the world. Our fires often don't make international headlines, because they are often in remote areas of Australia where there are no people living there. It is everyone's responsibility to be careful with campfires - please ensure they're put out at night, or watched, or in a well-cleared area. There are fire-restrictions all Summer long, and even into Autumn. If you're not sure if you are allowed to light a fire (on particularly bad days even portable bbqs are not permitted), ask someone, or listen to the local tourist radio. Unknowing campers cause so many of the fires that we have here in this beautiful country, as do careless people flicking cigarette butts out of their car windows. If you're visiting this beautiful country, take care...

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    WEAR SUNSCREEN ALL THE TIME! I...

    by cutestmidget Written Aug 25, 2002

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    WEAR SUNSCREEN ALL THE TIME! I can't emphasise this more. We have virtually no ozone layer above us and the sun is so harsh.
    My boyfriend came from overseas thinking he'd be fine in the sun, as he has quite dark skin, but he was burned to a crisp so quickly. I forget a lot of the time also, but we have such a high rate of skin cancer here, which is evidence of our lack of ozone layer...
    Please please please be careful and wear sunscreen.

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    Australians have a fairly good...

    by cutestmidget Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Australians have a fairly good sense of humour. We not only like to laugh about other people, but we're willing to laugh at ourselves if others make a joke about us. Unfortunately some Australians don't like it if an overseas visitor can't 'take a joke' about themselves (or even 'make a joke' about themselves), which in a way is a bit intolerant, but if you are willing to have a bit of a giggle about yourself, you'll be welcomed a lot easier.
    This may not necessarily be the best way for things to be, but if you're planning on staying with a family in Australia, it might be a tip to remember.
    But a GOOD thing about this is that whatever you say, we probably won't take offence to! :)

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  • As most people know, there are...

    by risac Updated Aug 25, 2002

    As most people know, there are many deadly animals and insects in Australia. However, the Aussies say that you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning that being eaten by a Great White Shark. An Australian recently told me that the most dangerous sport in Australia is rock fishing, and that more people die from that more than anything else. So as far as everyday dangers, common sense and caution are your best defenses.
    There are certain areas and times of year that it is more or less dangerous to swim in certain places, but those places become obvious when you get there. Besides the deadly snakes and spiders, the sea creatures are what has most people scared. Among others, the box jellyfish, sea snakes, saltwater crocs, and sharks are the ones that have most people fearing for their lives. All of these animals are things you should ask about before swimming anywhere. Realistically, there is only a slim chance that there will be any sort of problem with these animals. I saw a few sharks when I was scuba diving, but they left me alone.

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  • in summer the ocean can get...

    by lawson Written Aug 25, 2002

    in summer the ocean can get stingers; particularly nasty jellyfish. these are at worst potentially fatal and its important to keep an eye out for them or to ask the coast guard what the situation is with them at the time you travel here. in old sheds or camping grounds keep an eye out for little black spiders with red backs. also fatal. there's actually quite a lot now i think about it. we grow up with these things so we know. i'm not joking. if you're in the country you should ask. in certain places crocodiles are a risk. however not in darlinghurst in sydney, but beware in the creeks of north queensland for example. what i'm saying is: check it out.

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    Try not to get bitten, stung...

    by gabriellefox Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Try not to get bitten, stung or eaten by anything, they tend to be quite lethal out here. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    I saw a dragon fly about the size of a bat, even that had me running for cover. I am such a girl at times!

    Picture courtesy of RamSter.

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  • It is not wise to hitchhike in...

    by umbria Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    It is not wise to hitchhike in Australia or swim in freshwater holes in the North of Australia due to crocodile infested waters. Always check with locals and take heed of warning signs. Lives have been lost by being too adventurous.

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  • No real danger,except for...

    by ivanhoe Written Aug 24, 2002

    No real danger,except for this: No matter how skilled you are do not rent a moped. Not only do they break down, but the islands roads off the beaten path are not paved. And this we cause you many long hikes up hot steep hills.
    Also, Lizards, lizards ,lizards! I thought my girlfriend was going to swim back to California. No real danger, but can be a nuisance.

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  • You will need a sense of...

    by marionbrophy Written Aug 24, 2002

    You will need a sense of humour to visit Australia and because of a new GST, it will be
    10% dearer for goods and services. Prepare fort extremes in weather.Today in Southern Australia, mid -winter, a top of 18 deg. celcius, low of 4 degrees. Last week a top of 9 degrees and low of 7 degrees. It does get cold here!

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  • One thing you need to be aware...

    by justanotha1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    One thing you need to be aware of while travelling around Australia, especially in the Capital Cities, and in the more remote country towns, is Weed. It grows everywhere, and people smoke it everywhere. And I mean everywhere, from the local pool, to the main street, to the Mall.
    And, if you get caught smoking weed,or you have it on you, the penalty is death.

    Weed = Marijuana.

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  • It is very hot and humid in...

    by teitss Written Aug 24, 2002

    It is very hot and humid in summer especially in the north and rainy and cold in the winter especially in the south. But I found the weather much less predictable than here in the States so be prepared for anything.

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    dont treat the locals like...

    by ombre Written Aug 24, 2002

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    dont treat the locals like your a big shot from out of town .most dangerous thing is the salt water crocs dont swim in the ocean at all and check rivers .INTERESTING POINT SALT WATER CROCS CAN LAST UP TO 6 MONTHS IN FRESH WATER SO DONT THINK JUST BECAUSE ITS FRESH WATER IT IS SAFE. ITS NOT REALLY SOMETHING TO TAKE FOR GRANTED.if camping and you have to go to a river make sure you go at different times and spots as the crocs get used to your pattern and can be very patient.
    ABOVE IS A PIC FROM DARWIN HABOUR this a tourist attraction where you can feed fish ,When I was there I found that all the kids loved it so if you have children ,this is a must.

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    Desert Floods

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 27, 2003

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    When it starts to rain hard out in the desert, I've seen firsthand that in only a matter of minutes, the red sand/dirt can turn to almost impassable mud before too long.

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