Australian summers are just wonderful and many people dream of having a vacation there. There is huge number of options regarding beaches, regions, natural sceneries as well as activities. There’s a little bit of something for everyone. This is particularly satisfying if you are from the Northern hemisphere and have decided to escape the winter by fleeing to the Land Down Under. Not only will you be skipping the cold and tedious winter, but you’ll be doing it in one of the best vacation destinations in the world. However, there are dangers you should be mindful of during your vacation time as the heat is very strong and the nature has its own hazards. It’s better to be safe than sorry which is why we’re here to give you a few pointers:
Summers in Australia can get very intense in terms of high temperatures and sunburn hazards. This is why you need to have a bottle of water with you wherever you go. Please take this seriously, otherwise, the heat and dehydration can get to you anytime, and if there’s no water nearby, you’ll be facing serious health issues such as a heat exhaustion, cramps or a heat stroke. It’s very likely you’ll need urgent medical attention or you might even endanger your life. That is why you should also wear sunscreen and protect your skin wearing light clothes in order to prevent skin cancer and other serious problems.
Regardless of your choice of a place to stay, be mindful of the fact that nights in Australia can also be extremely warm. While some people can handle high temperatures and the heat at night, others cannot sleep in a room that is too warm. That is why installing air conditioning in Sydney is a routine thing. Don’t let this tiny, yet important issue such as the lack of AC ruin your vacation. Make sure your rented house, hotel or hostel has a functioning cooling device, otherwise, many sleepless nights await you (and we do not mean in a good way).
Australia has numerous amazing beaches, both wild and refined. Naturally, you need to be careful when swimming anywhere. Be honest with yourself. Are you a great swimmer, an OK swimmer or an insecure one? The answer will tell you how careful you need to be at the beach. Make sure not to leave safety areas or not to go far away from the shore if you’re on a wild beach. Many people drown during the summer all over Australian beaches and the issue needs to be taken seriously.
Given that Australia is a country of huge vastness and just a few cities, it has many roads where you can drive full-speed. However, that doesn’t mean you should. It’s easy to hit the gas pedal and get lost in the scenery. There’s generally not much traffic most of the time, especially if you’re going through some remote parts, but you should still be very careful as there are all sorts of drivers out there whose driving you cannot control. This is why you need to do your best to be alert at all times.
Since the country is full of wonderful natural sights, it is a great candidate for many picnics, as well as for camping. This sounds like a lot of fun and it really is. However, Australia has all sorts of dangerous wildlife and you should only camp in the areas that are secured and where camping is allowed. Another important remark is that there is a very strict fire restriction in Australia during the summer. The heats can be very strong and the amount of wind makes it very easy for a fire to spread out of control. Also, the fines are quite high, so you need to remember that lighting a fire is an absolute NO.
In this article we were focusing on the hazards and potential issues that you might encounter during the summer in Australia. Have these safety measures in mind and try to stick to them. Of course, don’t get obsessive, as long as you stick to the basic rules, you’re most likely to stay safe and have the great enjoyable vacation you’ve been fantasizing about.