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Australia is not a place for the fainthearted. The fact is that this continent is inhabited by the most dangerous animals in the world. Water and land on the Green Continent are simply teeming with the diversity of its far from harmless occupants. Most Australians are accustomed to living next door to venomous snakes, spiders, crocodiles and other deadly creatures.

With some offbeat destinations in Australia, it seems like a world of its own. Australia has different things than what I was used to from knowing from unique wildlife in Kakadu National Park, a pink lake to having the longest fence in the world. While traveling Australia, there are a lot of things you will encounter that would scream of world class luxury, and remind you of 5-star accommodation in Sydney, or dining in Melbourne.

Australia is a country with white sand as well as blue mountains, where its cities can be separated by up to 4000 km. From Perth in Western Australia to Sydney, there are 45 roads! Visit the main cities of Australia and get carried away by its environment, in Melbourne, Byron Bay or Sydney. It definitely reminded me of such while traveling in Australia.

Island-Hopping In Australia

Whether your itinerary involves swimming, diving, surfing or cruising the Aussie waters, so make sure take note of the following tips.

1. Have Your Travel Documents Copied Digitally

It is always a good idea having copies of your travel documents at hand when travelling. Have your docs stored safely by scanning them and saving them to your personal email address. Should anything happen, you have a backup plan.

2. Don't Forget About Your Medical Supplies

For travellers who are on prescription meds, make sure to bring your medications with you and to bring extra just in case. Notify your physician before going on a trip.

3. Bring Your Skin Care Essentials

The sun is not a forgiving force. Make sure to keep your sunscreen with you at all times and apply as necessary. Take advantage of your favourite moisturiser and lip balm to keep your face and lips hydrated. Don't forget to go with the 3oz rule to be safe. Bringing an insect repellent is also a good idea.

4. Hydrate With A Reusable Water Bottle

Keep yourself hydrated at all times. Refrain from using one-time-use plastic bottles and help in preserving the planet by bringing with you a reusable water bottle.

5. Take Extras When it Comes to Your Tech Gear

When bringing your camera, phone or other gadgets with you, don't forget about bringing your chargers as well as extra batteries, portable chargers, films, and memory cards. Also, it helps to bring an Australian power adapter with you to make sure you can charge your electronics. This will ensure you can capture as much memory as possible during your trip.

6. Go For A Travel Insurance

You can never go wrong with having travel insurance. In cases of theft or even medical emergencies, you’ll have a piece of mind knowing you are covered and secured.

7. Fast food giants have varying names

While traveling Australia, you would see an eatery that has a logo similar to Burger King, but with a different name of Hungry Jack’s. Don't be scared. It is really Burger King, then why do they have a different name.

Another eatery has been using the name, 'Burger King' in Australia, and when the owner of the Burger King you know in the United States and other parts of Europe decided to expand to Australia, it was found that the name was taken. It's not only Burger King that has another name, McDonald's comes bearing a different name, though the reason is different from the former.

In Australia, residents preferred calling the eatery Macca's instead of McDonald's. The company decided to change the signage of some of its eateries to Macca's. If you are in Australia, and you opt for those cans that are labeled as lemonade, you will be left with lemon-lime soda that will remind you of Sprite, and not lemonade. To get lemonade in Australia, opt for Lemon Crush.

8. Wifi doesn't come cheap

In a lot of countries, their hotels come with complimentary WiFi, but that's not the case in Australia. To access the WiFi, you are expected to pay AUD 25 for every night. This seems expensive and may leave you making use of your data plans.

9. You see Utes everywhere

You are probably wondering what Ute is. Well, that was how I felt when I heard the word until I saw them myself. Ute is a car built to look like a pickup truck. It is not common in where I come from but know for sure that if you step your feet in Australia, you will see them a lot.

The same way Kangaroos and Koalas are synonymous with Australia; the same thing can be said of ugg boots. These boots have been traced to the 1920s when they used to be worn by shearers inhabiting the areas that made up rural Australia. Surfers fell in love with them in the 1970s.

10. Never ever stand close to holes you see in the ground

Never put your fingers close to them. There is a very high chance, especially in Sydney and eastern Australia it will be home to a Funnel-Web Spider. These beasties have a bite powerful enough to pierce soft shoes and even fingernails. The bite is said to feel like getting a nail hammered into you and the venom is very potent. Always check inside boots, watering cans, or clothing that's been left outside before using them.

While Funnel Web Spiders and all the other critters that roam Australia can be scary, actual encounters with them are quite rare and unlikely to yield a bite if you keep a cool head about it. Don't let these fascinating creatures scare you from visiting this beautiful country.

11. Anything is christened Macquarie

This is a kind of inside joke by Australians. If you call anything Macquarie, you are a bit right, even when you don't know its name. In Australia, a lot of places have Macquarie attached to it, from Harbor, Street, River, Lighthouse, Hospital, Bank, Lake and lots more. Why is this so?

New South Wales had a governor, Major General Lachlan Macquarie, who spent his time, crafting out infrastructure that turned Australia to what it is today. You can see a giant stone chair that has the Macquarie name attached to it. This was where the Wife of the Major General would sit and stare at ships as they entered the harbor.
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  1. WOW these are great things to know! I had no idea about any of these, with the exception of the beaches of course, LOL! And you had me at "best coffee"! :)

  2. Truly a good travel guide to Australia. Thanks for sharing.


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