Australian travel survival guide


There are any number of warnings, myths, and crazy stories about Australians. The insects are huge, we have strange animals, we wear shorts and thongs, and we have ridiculous slang. Whatever your opinion of Australian culture, we have a host of exciting places for you to explore and a book-long list of things to see. Australian adventures are just that – adventures – but there are a few things you might want to keep track of in terms of surviving your Australian travels. Everything from our wildlife and beaches, to seeing the Australian outback, surviving an Australian adventure is both fun and easy. Take note, pay attention, and get immersed in the wonders of Australia.

Australian sun survival

The Australian sun is one of high intensities. All year round, Summer especially, locals and tourists alike are susceptible to the harsh Aussie sun. The nation is renowned for its beaches, and living it up on Bondi is on top of every visitors to-do list. The best advice for travellers are to keep covered where possible, apply sunscreen even if its cloudy, and get yourself some spectacular aloe vera lotion for those nasty sunburns you’re bound to get.

AustralianAustralian beach survival

Carrying on from the stay-out-of-the-sun lecture, Australian beaches have a few extra things to look out for. Rips and currents are an ongoing nuisance for beach-goers, especially foreigners. Remembering to swim between the red and yellow flags is one thing, but remembering to swim is another. Bondi Rescue features an entire entourage of tourists almost drowning each week, so its no surprise that travellers get warned. Australian beaches may be beautiful, but they can be deadly. To add to the worries of a simple day at the beach, these pesky things known as bluebottles are another thing to look out for. Blue, baby jellyfish type creatures both in and out of the water, that latch onto your body and sting like hell. Lifeguards are there to help ease the burn, but if there are signs warning you of bluebottles, just don’t go swimming.

Australian animal survival

My first piece of advice would be to never, ever, stick your hand into a hole in the ground. God knows what is living down there, and you definitely don’t want to find out the hard way. There are a collection of dangerous animals amongst the Australian wildlife, but also a collection of ways to avoid any trouble. Of course, there are also a whole bunch of gorgeous animals that tourists just can’t get enough of, and these cuties don’t bite you. Keep a lookout for snakes and spiders when walking through Australian bush, as these guys can be quite dangerous. There are more deadly snakes in Australia than anywhere else in the world, and one of the deadliest spiders, the funnel-web, is right in Sydney. The best advice? If you see an animal you’re not sure of, don’t go near it, just back away slowly. Animals only attack when threatened, and are largely found in the bush or grassy backyards. Anti-venom developments mean its been over 30 years since anyone died from deadly spiders and snakes, but don’t go playing with fire. Australia is also known for its cuddly koalas, kangaroos and emus. No, they don’t walk down our main roads or live in our homes as pets, but they can be found quite easily just a few hours out of major cities. Your best bet, to see all these fantastic creatures up close and personal, with safety intact, is to head to Taronga Zoo in Sydney. For an adult, you’re looking at about $44 for the day, but its definitely an experience well worth it.

AustralianAustralian outback survival

Being a tourist without a guide in the Australian outback can be a tricky thing to navigate. Before embarking on this outback adventure, you’ll want to make sure you have a roadworthy vehicle fitted with a GPS and two spare tyres. You’ll also want some good maps, extra food, water, fuel and an emergency plan. Its absolutely vital that you plan your route carefully and notify a third party of your expected arrival. Check road conditions before beginning your journey, stay with your vehicle if it breaks down and avoid travelling in extreme heat conditions. Travel Dudes have some sage words of wisdom when it comes to travelling through the Australian outback. Top tips include don’t complain, get used to the flies, be friendly and work on country time. Country time, put simply, is the slower pace that country folk work at, because essentially, there isn’t as much of a hurry as there is in the city. How lovely.

Final Australian survival tips

The world according to Chris Bjorklund is a clever blog that has shared some essential tips for surviving Australia. Here are some favourites.

  • The beer is stronger than you think, regardless of how strong you think it is
  • Always carry a stick
  • Do not attempt to use Australian slang, unless you are a trained linguist and extremely good in a fist fight
  • There is no such thing as “shrimps on the baaarbie
  • Religion and Politics are fairly safe topics of conversation, (Australians don’t care too much about either) but Sport is a minefield. You better say you love Footy.

Australian travels are one-of-a-kind, and no matter whereabouts you visit, you’ll find an interesting bunch of people. Australians are friendly, outgoing, honest and real, and its the kind of place you’ll want to visit again. These first-timer tips are just the beginning, but when it comes to Australian adventures, its much more fun to learn things as you go.


About Sam Oldfield

Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, I was a keen surfer and beach junkie from early on. My first overseas trip was to the Caribbean, and I've been chasing the summer sun ever since. I wrapped up my media degree at uni, and decided to move to Australia. The land downunder is full of beaches, babes and brilliant adventures. I'm just hitch-hiking my way around this sunny paradise, one travel blog at a time.
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One Response to Australian travel survival guide

  1. Vehicle Change Of Ownership says:

    Make sure that all your lights work well, the tyres are in good condition and that there is no major rust on the car each time and you should be ok.

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