Australia and Oceania Warnings and Dangers

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Australia and Oceania Warnings and Dangers

  • King Cross

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    Kings Cross is the place to be for a gang rape experience by maori bouncers and prostitues whilst your partner gets beaten up out the back. I guess you could say we were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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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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  • Crime

    Brisbane Warnings and Dangers

    Brisbane is one of the safest major cities in Australia, with one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Both men and women should be able to walk around the CBD (Downtown) at all hours of the night and day and feel perfectly safe. There are no gang and very few violent crime related issues in Brisbane, so there aren't any "no go" areas as such....

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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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  • 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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  • Departure Tax at the Airport

    Christchurch Warnings and Dangers

    Departure Charge for International Flights You no longer need to pay a a separate departure charge at Christchurch Airport. NZ$12.50 will be applied to each international arrival and departure as part of the airfare costs. Refunds If you believe you have paid more than NZ$25 for your return trip, or NZ$12.50 each way, then you can request a...

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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

    Sydney is mostly safe, apart from some dodgy areas. Here are some areas that you should avoid and places you should be safe: SAFE: South Sydney (Cronulla, Woolooware, Sutherland). East Sydney (Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Double Bay). Bondi (relatively safe) Most of the city AVOID: Redfern (if you have to go to Redfern avoid Eveleigh Street at all...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • at nite

    Christchurch Warnings and Dangers

    although a visually stunning city, christchurch is quite dangerous at night. I lived there for four years, and got regularly hassled by groups of drunk young guys (15-20). the most dangerous areas at night are at the sydenham (pronounced sid-nam) end of colombo st (most cars parked there overnight get damaged, if not all), in and around the city...

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  • Spiders / Snakes / Animals

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    I am not too sure u will find these in your hotel, but just to be on the safe side! I live in Sydney and know that we have the Funnel Web Spider, known to cause 14 fatalities and a painful, venomous bite! There is also the Red Back Spider, Widow Spider- cause painful bites and the ugly, quite scary Huntsman that poses no threat to humans- only a...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Air pollution in winter

    Christchurch Warnings and Dangers

    Christchurch lies on a river plain and most of the time in winter it's not that windy, so the smog settles pretty quickly. Add to that all the fireplaces and woodburners in people's homes than you have a recipe for bad air. It's supposed to have been worse 10-20 years back, but I think it's still bad. So bad that when I went to Wellington on a...

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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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  • 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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  • Smokers

    Christchurch Warnings and Dangers

    You need to be 18 years or more to buy alcohol. So if you want to buy alcohol in supermarkets and liquor stores you will be asked for identification of age if you look under 25 years of age. For Example; Drivers Lic Passport Identity card

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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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  • 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 even though I had to leave, I would return very soon.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Money Changing

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    DO NOT USE THIS REAL GAP PLEASE SAVE YOUR MONEY AND NOT TRAVEL WITH REAL GAP BUT WITH A DIFFERENT COMPANY DESPITE PAYING THEM £599 THEY GAVE ME NO HELP WHATSOEVER AND I WAS PRETTY MUCH LEFT ON MY OWN IN THE MIDDLE OF TOKYO. Anything that they do for you, you can pretty much do yourself. If you want safety, research your area thoroughly, and...

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  • Bush Fires

    Sydney Warnings and Dangers

    There's nothing quite like a raging bushfire. You can have ample warning and still it can overrun you. When driven by a strong westerly wind that skips trees and lights gaseous fireballs created by oil evapourating from the eucalypts, it is a frightening thing to behold. Everything is scorched, native fauna the most pitiful sight as koalas and...

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  • Drop Bears

    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

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  • DISPLAY YOUR PASS (when visiting...

    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...

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  • Barrier reef stingers

    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...

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  • VEGEMITE- LIKE IT OR HATE IT!

    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...

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  • ALWAYS WEAR LIFE VESTS WHEN...

    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...

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  • DON't LOSE YOUR TRAIN TICKETS to AVOID...

    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...

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  • DON'T FISH IN AUSTRALIA WITHOUT A...

    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...

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  • Beware Jelly fish can kill you

    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,...

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  • Australian Sea Dangers

    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...

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  • Train crossings

    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 cautionand sometimes you have the share a bridge with the train, so make sure you are fast :-) don't take the train on, she is biggerthe...

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  • Wildlife in Oceania

    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...

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  • Heat in Australia

    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...

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