Avoid Danger while Travelling on your Caravan Holiday.
This is the twenty-second page of 23 with related information about making the most of your caravan holiday. At the bottom of this page I have links to the other pages and I suggest you check these out as well.
Australia is a very safe and friendly country. However, it doesn’t matter where you go in the world there are things – of both a criminal and environmental nature – that can threaten your safety if you are not aware and do not employ some basic precautions.
When you are traveling around this magnificent country of ours, have a friend or relative at home who you keep in touch with at all times. Keep them informed of your travel plans and when you are leaving one place and traveling to your next spot. This is vital if you are traveling in remote or outback regions. Your contact person should have the responsibility of notifying authorities if you fail to make contact at a pre-arranged time. Discuss this thoroughly with them before leaving home. Make sure you both agree on a margin of time to allow for mechanical breakdowns, poor weather or some other unforeseen problems though. After all you do not want to be the cause of a false alarm.
Avoid danger by keeping your vehicle and caravan locked when you are not around, even if you plan to be absent for only a few minutes at a service station, public toilet, shop or lookout: petty criminals are attracted to such places. You may even be at your campsite and just going to the local shop for an ice-cream or something. Do not leave expensive items on display. Keep your lap-top computer, cameras, handbag etc out of visual range. If you have valuables, such as cash, cheques, papers and jewelery, you may consider buying one of the small, fibre-style car safes available. Take care when withdrawing money at ATM's and only withdraw small amounts of cash.
Be cautious while you are driving on the road. To avoid danger do not pick up hitchhikers – in some state it is actually illegal. If someone flags you down on the road, keep your doors locked and talk to them through a partially opened window until you can find out what the problem is. Report any suspicious behavior to the local police.
Some of these may sound a bit harsh, but it is your safety you are trying to protect and avoid danger.
Then of course there are the normal personal safety issues.
Avoid the danger of sunburn. Australia is a beautiful country but the sun can very quickly give you sunburn and sunstroke. Apply sunscreen regularly (SPF30+).
Lives are lost every year from rock fishing. Be aware of waves and slippery rocks ALL THE TIME.
We have over 10,000 beaches in Australia but most of them are not patrolled, beware of rips and tides. At patrolled beaches only swim between the flags.
Make sure your boat is suitable for the conditions you are using it for. Be careful of bars and rips at entrances between estuaries and the ocean, they are hazardous for boats.
When you go bushwalking know your own capabilities.
I could go on and on, but the main thing is THINK SAFETY at all times and avoid danger.
Australia has a diverse range of creatures. Some of them are unique and appeal worldwide (kangaroo, emu) but some species are extremely dangerous and direct contact with them should be avoided. There are some fairly simple precautions that you can take to avoid danger.
BOX JELLYFISH (STINGERS)
Found in Australia’s northern tropical waters from October to May, these creatures have a sting that can be fatal to humans. Avoid swimming on beaches north of Rockhampton and Exmouth during the stinger season (varies but normally from November to June). Outside of the season, check with locals first before entering the water.
These fish are another resident of Australia’s northern waters with a very poisonous sting. Wear sneakers in the water and do not overturn rocks and coral.
Common in rock pools all around Australia, these small creatures about the size of a golf ball have a sting that can cause paralysis followed by death. Wear shoes to explore rocky areas and avoid danger by not handling the marine life you come across.
The best way to avoid sharks is to swim at patrolled beaches. Otherwise, avoid areas of low visibility, do not swim at night and check with locals about whether or not they consider an area safe. If you are surfing, surf with someone else.
Two varieties are found in northern Australia. Saltwater crocs are extremely dangerous and are found on the coast and in rivers up to 300km inland. Freshwater crocodiles are less dangerous and tend to avoid humans, but are aggressive during mating and protecting their young. Both varieties lurk beneath the surface of the water. They are hard to see and, if you are not an expert, hard to tell apart. Heed local warning signs. Do not swim or paddle in crocodile areas. Do not feed or clean fish by the water’s edge.
SPIDERS AND SNAKES
Leave them alone and they will generally not bother you. Avoid contact by wearing sturdy boots when walking. Check your shoes before putting them on and check your bed before crawling into it and check any other likely spots for stowaways.
Most of Australia’s coastline is un-patrolled and dangerous, not just because of harmful creatures but also because of powerful rips and currents. The only safe way to swim in coastal waters is between the flags at patrolled beaches. Know your swimming ability and watch out for warning signs and beach closures.
8 Planning Your Trip (when to travel, weather, school and public holidays, local events, finding your way, GPS, maps and guides, visitor information centres, permits, Aboriginal land, National Parks, private land)
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