Australia is really quite stable on many social and political different levels, which makes it a safe and inviting country to explore. The country boasts a high standard of health care, well maintained roads and a low crime rate. In contrast, Australia’s unique geographical landscape consisting of pristine beaches, adventurous treks and the rugged outback do harbour some potential dangers.
Many people from all over the world visit Australia’s wonderful beaches and coastline, so it is vital to follow beach and swimming instructions. Strong currents or rips can wash swimmers away in a matter of seconds. Most beaches will have designated swim areas marked by yellow and red flags, so it is advised to swim at a monitored location to prevent the potential dangers of currents.
Shark attacks do occur, but they are not commonplace and the local authorities do use shark netting to deter sharks from public waters.
Along with swimming at monitored beaches, it is advised not to swim at dusk or night-time hours. Another potential threat on a lesser scale involves marine stingers, which are mostly present in tropical waters from November to April. However, the most popular beaches will have resistant enclosures to protects swimmers from harm.
Many people will have plans to see some of Australia’s rugged outback and rugged terrain, but this requires thorough preparation. Be sure that your vehicle is ready for the long miles and the wear and tear of the road. You should also be equipped with GPS/maps, spare tires, communication services, extra water and food and emergency fuel.
It is wise to let a third party know about your travel plans and daily schedule, just in case of an unexpected emergency, your whereabouts could potentially be more readily traceable.
Please, check out our Special advice for driving in Australia
If you are planning a hike or bushwalk and don’t have much experience, it may be better to go in more populated areas or consider using an experienced tour guide. Once again, it may be wise to let another party know of your estimated hiking plans. Also, make sure to wear stable, protective footwear, sunscreen/repellent, extra snacks/water, a map and wet weather gear.
- Australia is an easy-going and safe society, but it is also a fairly homogeneous country, so you may encounter some intolerance from locals regarding different cultures or languages.
- Sadly, alcohol and drug abuse is actually quite high.
- A revered Australian custom is not to cause any damage or bring anything that would cause harm to Australia’s biodiversity.
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- Remote sex predators (remote frames, when your looking for farm work) ) do exist, so just be careful travelling alone (especially, female backpackers)
- very easy going culture, safest society. as well as really young country, would able to see cultural, customs and different languages intolerance among some locals.
- If you are backpacking, some may view this as ‘low class’ and may try to exploit temporary workers or those in need of some fast cash.
There is an environmental restriction prohibiting the removal of sea shells or any other artifact or specimen from marine parks or any other national park. It is also illegal to introduce any kind of insects, animal, seeds or plant to the Australian habitat.
Some central and remote places may belong to local populations, so you may not be allowed to bring alcohol, drugs or any kind of pornography onto the territory, ( Australian Indigenous peoples land). In some other cases, you may need to get a license beforehand.