How to Travel Safely in Australia
Planning a visit to Australia? Before you go, it’s important to be informed about the various safety precautions unique to this vast country. Australia is generally a safe country. And while it does have major metropolitan cities and crime, that’s not what a traveler usually needs to be concerned about.
Australia is home to many indigenous animals. We’re talking about koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. However, there are also spiders, snakes, lizards and a variety of aquatic life. When in nature – whether on shore or in the ocean – it pays to give these animals a wide berth. Sure a kangaroo looks cute but they can kick, hard. Emus can too. Crocodiles are present along the rivers, freshwater lagoons and coastal beaches of northern Australia. Take a photo and stay back from the wildlife.
Road safety may be your biggest concern while traveling in Australia. Animals are often found crossing the road in remote areas and can be a significant hazard. Additionally, in remote areas you’ll need to plan your trip well because you can travel a long distance between gas stations. It’s terrible to run out of gas in the outback.
Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road. If you’re not accustomed to this, it can be a harrowing experience. You’ll also want to make sure you understand the road signs and know the distance between points. The Australian government offers a chart with estimated mileage between major points.
Beach, Sun, and Surf
Australia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. You can dive, surf, or just enjoy the ocean breeze. The beaches also present some danger. The beaches off the coast of Northern Australia are known for their stinging jellyfish it’s not a great place to swim or surf. In fact, you can find jellyfish and other dangerous animals all around the coast of Australia.
Many beaches also have rip currents. Pay attention to the signs and know how to escape a rip tide should you get caught in one. Always swim, surf, or dive with someone else.
Hiking and Exploring
Home to more than 500 national parks, it’s easy to spend your vacation hiking and exploring the back country, mountains, and nature of Australia. Try not to explore alone. Take someone with you. And if you do head out on your own, make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Then don’t deviate from your plan. All it takes is a twisted ankle and you can become quite vulnerable to nature’s elements.
In general, Australia is a safe place to travel around. Be smart. Learn what to expect and know how to handle potential situations.