Before visiting a foreign country, it is a good idea to inform yourself about the local customs and any dangers you might be predisposed at. For example, Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world that many travellers love, but in order to have a safe and trouble-free vacation, you need to keep the following tips and tricks in mind.
Wear adequate sun protection
The sunlight in Australia can be very strong and before you know it, your skin can be burned at an unhealthy level, causing you serious discomfort and even pain. To avoid this, make sure that you always wear SPF 30+, a hat, white shirt and remember to hydrate yourself daily. Apply sunscreen regularly if you are going to spend many hours outdoors during your vacation and hopefully your skin will remain healthy and beautiful.
Swim within the area marked by flags all the times
Even if you are an experienced swimmer, it is not a good idea to swim beyond the area that is marked with red and yellow flags. In Australia there are water currents called rips which can be very dangerous if they catch you while swimming. All beaches in Australia feature lifesavers and they patrol the area during warm months. On the most popular beaches in Australia such as the Bondi Beach, lifesavers can be found all year round. Also, remember to not swim during the night, under the influence of alcohol or after a good meal.
Beware of crocodiles
There are many of these guys in Australia and you definitely don’t want to meet them. Crocodiles are usually found in rivers and coastal estuaries in the northern region of Australia and if you explore these areas, make sure that you look for signs that indicate crocodile presence. Also, don’t be overly adventurous and don’t swim in tidal rivers or mangrove shores where crocodiles can be found. If you are thinking of camping or fishing, always do research on whether there are crocodiles in the area and hopefully you will not be on the news!
Beware of poisonous animals
Australia is renowned for the multitude of poisonous creatures it features. However, this is not a reason not to visit this fabulous country. Marine stingers are present in tropical waters at the beginning of November until the end of April and as long as you swim in stinger-resistant enclosures then you will be fine. Also, remember to have protective footwear all the times when you are bushwalking or hiking if you don’t want to be bitten by spiders, snakes or other insects.
Luckily, in Australia there are antidotes for most snake and spider bites and the mortality rate caused by poisonous animals is very low.
Keep safe when you explore Australia’s remote areas
Make sure that you only use a 4WD vehicle and you get a good GPS system when you are travelling the rugged areas of Australia with your loved ones. Also, remember to pack extra food, potable water, fuel and have a map with you all the times, in the eventuality that the GPS system goes down.