Australia is an exciting country to explore whilst travelling, but it can also be extremely dangerous. Australia is known for having extremely dangerous flora and fauna, which can cause serious and even fatal injuries. But this danger is easily preventable by thorough preparation and using common sense.
Regardless of where you’re travelling to, read up on the local area and the dangers within that area. For example, if travelling to Uluru, find out about the local fauna and flora that may present a risk. Do not unnecessarily risk your life by being unprepared.
When investigating your travel destination, take note of the safety recommendations for the area. Also, learn how to respond to potentially life threatening situations. For example, if you are bushwalking as part of some Great Ocean Road tours, learn about various spiders that inhabit the area and how to respond if bitten. That way, if the worst-case scenario arises and you, or you travelling companions are bitten, you know how to respond in this emergency situation. This preparation may save your or your travelling companion’s life.
You should also take note of the weather conditions expected for when you’re travelling. Whilst you may feel comfortable doing some Melbourne tours for example, areas such as Melbourne are renowned for their extreme weather, so be prepared.
Avoid the danger presented by Australia by being prepared and following these 4 tips:
1. Plan your journey.
Do not leave things to the last minute. Australia is a large country and there can be hundreds of kilometres between towns. As such, be aware that there can be a great distance between accommodation and fuel stations. Know where you’re stops will be, and if driving, watch the petrol tank.
You should also be aware of the local culture. Whilst hitchhiking is commonplace in some countries, it is not in Australia. The great distance between towns means that hitch hiking it is generally advised against.
When you have thoroughly planed your journey, let people know where you’ll be and when. That way, if something happens, people are aware of your intentions and are more likely to be able to find you.
2. Take plenty of water.
Australia’s climate can be brutal, especially in summer. Ensure you pack enough water for your journey for each traveller. Temperatures can rise above 45 degrees Celsius, so it is very important to stay hydrated.
Also, if driving, pack water for your car if it breaks down. Having plenty of drinking water can mean the difference between surviving and perishing if your car breaks down in the outback.
3. Practice safe travelling.
Be cautious when in Australia. Use common sense and do not take unnecessary risks. For example, do not swim at unpatrolled beaches. Australia’s coast can be deadly, especially for those not used to the conditions. Practice safe travelling by being safe and only swimming in patrolled areas.
4. Pack the travel essentials.
Ensure you pack the travelling essentials, such as proper footwear and weather-appropriate clothing. Also be prepared and pack a first aid kit.
Whilst Australia does present dangers, these dangers can be largely avoided by thorough preparation and employing common sense. As such, many travellers traverse Australia without incident. Do not let these dangers put you off experiencing the sheer beauty of Australia.