As Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
With limitations placed on overseas travel for the majority of Australians, at least for the time being, we have compiled a series of articles on getting around safely in our own backyard – visiting Australia’s wide open spaces, beaches and both natural and man-made attractions.
(The information provided is general in nature and cannot take into account all local conditions.)
COVID-19: Considerations for travel: With high hopes of a relaxation of border closures sometime soon or perhaps having a desire to visit our own ‘backyards’, we have summarised some COVID-19 related travel advice for those who are already planning their visits.
Bat Rabies / Lyssavirus: Some species of bats in Australia carry the Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV), which is closely related (but not identical) to the rabies virus. Here we provide you with some advice on what to do if you're accidentally bitten.
Heat-related illnesses: Australia is known as the ‘sunburnt country’ and lays claim to many of the world’s heat records including the hottest summer climate and the greatest amount of sunshine. Here's some pointers on how to avoid heat-related illnesses.
Mosquito-borne diseases: In Australia, as in many other countries, mosquitoes are not just an irritation but can carry and spread bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases to humans - known as ‘vector-borne diseases’. The infections transmitted by mosquitoes can range from mild to severe, occasionally resulting in death.
Sharks and Crocodiles: Australia has over 35,000 kilometres of stunning coastline, offering beautiful beaches and rivers for activities such as swimming, surfing, snorkelling, boating and diving, but visitors must bear in mind the risks that can lurk in some of our waterways and seas.
Snakes: We provide you with some information on the risks relating to snakes in Australia and some red flags/ tips on how to avoid bites.