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Whether you are flying to Australia for travel or you are already in Australia planning a trip somewhere outside the city or another state there are some reminders you need to know.
The country is a safe place with very low crime rate and high tolerance between different people and culture but what you really have to mind are the environmental hazards.
Never go out without at least 30 SPF sunscreen lotion applied generously on all exposed parts of your skin.
If you are not planning on swimming, it is best to wear loose long sleeve clothing and long pants especially if your skin tends to burn easily.
Wear a hat and your favourite sunglasses too.
Australia is home to some of the world’s wild animals that may bite or sting you if you are not careful. In fact, this country is home to 11 of 12 poisonous snakes.
Deadly spiders, crocodiles, sharks and other deadly marine creatures also call this part of the world their home.
Box jellyfish are found in beaches of Queensland, Northern Territory and North beaches of Western Australia. Sting season starts during wet season but they are generally present all year round in Northern Territory. Queensland plays host every month except April and May.
Mozzies may also be present in some areas in Australia so you may want to bring insect repellents.
Kangaroos and Koalas are plenty in some areas and you can gently pat them but DO NOT feed them. They can get violent if they still want more food and you do not have any more to feed.
Kangaroos are a cause to worry for people in South Australia, drivers are asked to slowdown at sunrise or sunset. These are times in the day when kangaroos are most actively looking for food. Colliding with these animals may hurt the animal and break your windshield.
BUT do not worry these animals do not lurk around waiting to bite or sting you. Deaths due to these animals are very rare although, they do happen sometimes.
Bushfires are common during hot, dry seasons. Residents are warned against even lighting cigarettes as it may cause bush fires. You don’t want to get caught in that, right?
So if you are on a trek or a hike and you see warning signs, do take it seriously.
If you are on a hike, it is best to hire a tour guide. Bring your map and GPS and stay on track. People may get lost in the wilderness and phone signals may not work properly in some areas.
Do not take on difficult hike trails especially if it is too hot. Wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring water and first aid kit too.
The waves are inviting for surfers but they may be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. There are records of drowning due to strong currents and rips.
The safest area in the water is between the red and yellow flags. Swim within these areas so that lifeguards are sure to be patrolling.
Do not swim in unpatrolled beaches or places where sharks and crocodiles might be swimming too.
It is also not wise to swim when drunk, alone, or at dusk.
There are many wild and dangerous animals native in Australia but drowning causes more deaths than any of animal bites and stings.
This is just a list of environmental hazards. As for manmade hazards, be sure to drive safely within speeding limits – do not be tempted to drive too fast in empty roads outside of the city.
Always bring spare tires, pack food, water, and a GPS if you are going out of the city. And be sure to tell someone where you are going and for how many days.
Call authorities for help but do not hitchhike with strangers.
We should exercise caution when are travelling anywhere in the world even in Australia. Be aware of possible hazards, research the best time to travel (depending on the state or region you plan to visit) and learn of border laws.
Pack your essentials and do not forget that sunscreen.
If you travel prepared, you will have less worry and have more fun!
Enjoy your trip!
Special thanks to Enrico Lenzini for the main image.