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Off to Australia in a while and the wife and daughter (me a little lol) are concerned about things like snakes, spiders, sharks and what ever else they can throw at us. For people that have ventured… Read More
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
Off to Australia in a while and the wife and daughter (me a little lol) are concerned about things like snakes, spiders, sharks and what ever else they can throw at us.
For people that have ventured out there, what were your experiences like... did you see anything that you didn't really like the look of.
We are going to Melbourne and Sydney which are fairly built up, so would I expect to find things in these places.
We are then off on an eight day tour taking in little costal towns and national parks, staying in 'caravan parks', hiring statics and chalets on a budget basis so probably not the cleanest....

So, if you have been, what did you see..........
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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banned#1
OMG..... Good luck!
[mod][Moderator] 4 Likes #2
I think you are unlikely to find sharks in caravans
banned#3
wishihadadonkey
I think you are unlikely to find sharks in caravans


I dunno. There's a few in the pikie sites around here!X)
#4
guv
OMG..... Good luck!


did you see anything that was a bit of a concern when out there guv.....

tbh i ain't that bothered (honest) but the daughter keeps saying she doen't want to go because of the creppy cralwies and things ppl tell her.
#5
Have a fab time OP sounds like your all going to have a great time.
#6
I feel sorry for your wife and daughter! I have family and friends over there and have been invited plenty of times but I won't go! my friend that traveled over there said she didn't see anything until one day she was watering a plant and lifted the pot and there were red backs in the pot! eek!
1 Like #7
I spent 3 months out there recently, 1 months in Brisbane - saw nothing scary that you mention. 1 month in Cairns, saw some alligators in the water and a few small sharks but think they were harmless reef sharks. 1 month in Sydney saw nothing so you should be fine.
banned 1 Like #8
scoff
guv
OMG..... Good luck!


did you see anything that was a bit of a concern when out there guv.....


No, I was more concerned your plane might get hit by a van! X)

LOL.. You wont see anything in Melbourne or Sydney, but there are sharks in the seas. Aussies seem not to bothered about swimming though. That said, I found myself shorkelling after getting a boat from Cairns. No land in sight (about 20 miles out) and probably a 3/4 of mile from the boat and no one rearby, when someone spotted a shark! I wasn't aware until I got back on the boat.

You might see a spider I guess in a grotty caravan park. I never stayed in one - but did stay in outback youth hostels. I never saw anything dodgy in my 7 months over there.
5 Likes #9
http://tizona.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/australia-spider-welcome.jpg

http://tizona.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/australia-spider-bird.jpg?w=750&h=600

http://tizona.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/australia-spider-big.jpg?w=650&h=522

http://tizona.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/australia-spider-toilet-roll.jpg?w=658&h=445

http://tizona.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/australia-spider-behind-clock.jpg

Edited By: acecatcher3 on Feb 10, 2011 20:14: more
1 Like #10
Have a fab time and don't be put off by any of the creepy crawlies!! Australia is a wonderful place and you will be so glad you've take time out from your lives to visit!

I have copied this from the internet:

"Precautionary measures implemented in the last 70 years mean it’s more likely you’ll be killed by lightening or fatal bee sting than by a croc or shark attack, spider or snake bite.. Between 1980 and 1990 only 11 people were killed in shark attacks in Australia. In that same time period, 20 were killed by bee stings and another 19 by lightening. On average there are approximately 3000 reported snake bites in Australia every year, of those, only one is fatal. Since introducing spider anti venom in 1956, there have been no deaths attributed to the highly dangerous red-backed spider.

The “nasties” aren’t waiting around every corner to get you in fact, you’ll probably never encounter them, but if you do, remember most of Australia’s dangerous animals are only unsafe if provoked.
#11
We'd like to go out there for a holiday but our 8 year old son is convinced black widow spiders are on every street corner !
banned#12
I've also put Australia down to the bottom of my places to visit list for this very reason.

Caspar should be very knowledgeable in this area.
banned 1 Like #13
master_chief
Caspar should be very knowledgeable in this area.


I think the OP needs tourist advice, not where to score drugs.
[mod][Moderator] 2 Likes #14
my oh was offered a job out there, but cos of my rabid fear of spiders we are relocating to county durham instead
#15
Mad people!!! Lol!!! I go every couple of years to visit family - the worst thing I have encountered is when it is really hot and I don't cover my glass - then I get about 10 flies dive bombing it!!! But a simple coaster on top of the glass puts an end to kamikazi flies!! Go and enjoy - I've seen more snakes on Dartmoor!!
banned#16
might come across an odd black widow spider but i woudn't worry... Its not like its gonna kill you ?
[mod]#17
They are not common sights out there..............they are only highlighted due to peoples fear of them.

We have snakes, spiders and sharks here. There's are generally more dangerous and the sharks here don't often come too far into the coast but it is nothing to worry about to put you off. Australia is a fantastic place.
banned#18
guv
master_chief
Caspar should be very knowledgeable in this area.


I think the OP needs tourist advice, not where to score drugs.


There's more to him than just drugs and argumentative nature, you've got to see the best in people Guv.
banned#19
master_chief
guv
master_chief
Caspar should be very knowledgeable in this area.


I think the OP needs tourist advice, not where to score drugs.


There's more to him than just drugs and argumentative nature, you've got to see the best in people Guv.


They are his good points. X)
#20
guv


No, I was more concerned your plane might get hit by a van! X)

LOL.. You wont see anything in Melbourne or Sydney, but there are sharks in the seas. Aussies seem not to bothered about swimming though. That said, I found myself shorkelling after getting a boat from Cairns. No land in sight (about 20 miles out) and probably a 3/4 of mile from the boat and no one rearby, when someone spotted a shark! I wasn't aware until I got back on the boat.

You might see a spider I guess in a grotty caravan park. I never stayed in one - but did stay in outback youth hostels. I never saw anything dodgy in my 7 months over there.


Hopefuuly they have them reversing sensors on the planes now lol
banned#21
acecatcher3
http://tizona.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/australia-spider-welcome.jpg

http://tizona.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/australia-spider-bird.jpg?w=750&h=600

http://tizona.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/australia-spider-big.jpg?w=650&h=522

http://tizona.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/australia-spider-toilet-roll.jpg?w=658&h=445

http://tizona.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/australia-spider-behind-clock.jpg


omg literally poo'd myself :S
2 Likes #22
Don't worry, Oz is fine now. The floods killed all the spiders and the cyclone blew the sharks down to New Zealand

Edited By: tallpete33 on Feb 10, 2011 20:47
#23
I wouldn't be too concerned about the wildlife, I'd be more concerned about the ex-convicts lol
#24
tallpete33
Don't worry, Oz is fine now. The floods killed all the spiders and the cyclone blew the sharks down to New Zealand


And the fires burnt up anything left over
#25
Australia is beautiful - but what I will say is psychologically I played up the creepies business waayyy too much. Yes, there are a couple, but I didn't see anything I wouldnt expect to see in this country on a bad day :P

Worst I saw was a medium sized spider (about 10cm) that thought my shoes looked nice to snuggle in - tipped it out and it ran off =/

You'll be fine - HONEST!
#26
PS "W[b]hipe [/b]your ass" ??? oO
#27
http://i1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee509/hambo1982/australia-australia-spiders-big-critters-centipede-demotivational-poster-1244170138.jpg
#28
You will be fine,I hope you like the place I cannot abide the place, and sadly have to go a couple of times a year with work, luckily this time I have managed to switch with a colleague and I am off to Hong Kong instead, so much better.
#29
As some of the above, I'd imagine it'd be fine - And who said they feel sorry for the op/wife/kids? You feel sorry for them for going to Australia? SORRY? I'm green with envy! >.<
#30
I got the major heebiegeebies looking at those pictures.:|
#31
dont effing quote the pictures!!!!!
#32
on third pair of trousers as it is
1 Like #33
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/goldenorbspiderSydneyLarge.jpg
Golden Orb Spider in Sydney Botanical Gardens.

Scoff the only spiders I saw in 3 weeks in Australia were these ^ - very big but beautiful and they just posed there!!
Yes there are sharks (didn't see any though) and there have been more attacks recently but they are very shark aware. Thousands and thousands of Aussies go in the sea!

We only stayed in hotels so I wouldn't know if caravans etc are more prone to dangerous things but I sort of doubt it.

I would say that you don't worry about adders when you go walking do you ? Same over there - you're not going to get snakes etc hunting you down. Advice is to check under toilet seats etc and I did that, when I remembered, in places like in the middle of the rainforest up north but no problems.

We absolutely loved Australia - you will have wonderful time, and come back with tons of wonderful photos. :D


Edited By: chesso on Feb 11, 2011 10:32

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