Australia is breathtaking, and ecotourism in Australia will reveal magnificent ribbons of white beaches and secluded coves to languid lagoons, forests, and cities. For people who love an island holiday, Australia has more than 8,000 islands. You can waterski, fish, hike, shop and eat on these islands – there’s a perfect island for you to enjoy. In fact, Australia’s best islands for a holiday are the ones where you’ll uncover all the things that interest you. Take your pick from huge busy islands to quiet far-flung islands. Rottnest Island is perfect for those escaping city life because it’s a car-free retreat and is just a boat ride away from Fremantle. If nature’s your thing, try Kangaroo Island or French Island, a national park where you can catch a ferry from Stony Point, Melbourne and spot some koalas. Ecotourism in Australia is the perfect way to open up in the wide open spaces and breathe in the fresh country air – or sea freshness. Australia has diverse natural environments, with spectacular landscapes which include World Heritage Sites, areas known for their outstanding natural value. These areas are undisturbed, yet you can get up close to plants and animals and even swim in pristine water environments. The Daintree is Australia’s biggest tropical rainforest where you can silently cruise its waterways. You might fancy the idea of the 223 km Larapinta Trail, an awesome bushwalking experience offering day-, overnight- and multi-day walking trips with enthralling walks through valleys, gorges, and mountains.
If you are travelling to or in Australia it is important to know and understand that the snakes of Australia are the most venomous in the world. Eastern brown snakes or Pseudonja Textilis are considered to be the second most venomous snake on the planet. Eastern Brown snakes are the cause of most snakebite deaths in Australia, however with the advent of anti-venom, there are usually only 2 deaths per year. These generally occur because people can’t identify them and don’t know the proper first aid procedures for a snake bite. This blog will explain all you need to know to safely travel Australia without the worry of a eastern brown snake bite. These snakes can be up to 2 metres in lengths, have a slender body and move incredibly fast. They are generally found throughout the whole eastern side of Australia, from coast to desert to bushlands. They prefer grassy areas and pastures. Their colour ranges from tan to grey to dark brown, but almost all have a cream to yellow underbelly. Their venom contains neurotoxins which cause paralysis or muscle weakness, the venom also affects the blood’s ability to clot, therefore, snakebite victims are at risk of bleeding to death. If you come across this snake it is best to keep still and let it move away from you. Brown snakes can be increasingly aggressive if they feel threatened. In the case of an actual snake bite, follow this handy guide for first aid:
1. Pressure bandage the limb and surrounding area.
2. Immobilise and splint the limb.
3. Note the time of bite.
4. Call an ambulance. If at all possible it is best not to wash venom off the skin as this will make identifying the snake that much easier. Happy travels and be safe!
Backpacker world is full of challenges, and especially when you are in Barbados. Barbados is famous as a diving and surfing location but has great places for backpacking as well. There is more than sea sports in this beautiful location. However very few tourists indulge in hiking. While I was hiking through Barbados I hardly met any other backpacker. There were many tourists from around the world but hardly anyone wanting to hike. Taking a cue from my outback trip I carried the GPS for guiding through the hike. The guide book was not very good, though I had one with me. Travelling alone is not unique in the backpacker world but it is nice to meet up with other backpackers and share experiences – didn’t happen in Barbados, I was alone! I went by bus to Bridgetown and then walked around the town a bit but found some good places to hike that are away from the city. I went to a village near Bridgetown and spent a night in my tent. The lodging is quite expensive even in the villages in Barbados. Bathsheba was the best in the hiking trip; nice offshore rocky terrain and plenty of tide pools where you can cool off. Try this when on your next trip to Caribbean, be adventurous!
I recently visited Barbados. It is a place with amazing coastal life. The barrier reef presence means lots of life under the sea. The sponges, corals and plant life make it a paradise for fish and other marine animals. These are located within the 0.5 to 2 mile off coast, which makes it perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Taking care of the safety you can really enjoy a plethora of life under the sea.
East coast is very rough so diving off the east coast should be avoided. There are plenty of dive locations on the west and south-east coast to choose from. Especially the ship wrecks are the best. They have an abundant fish and other marine life living on them. There are a good number of reefs all along to explore. Good variety of small fish and the temperate climate make it really nice place for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling. The temperature never dips below 15 degrees and the corals are healthy with very few hurricanes. The visibility is a cool 40 to 70 ft with 80 degree Fahrenheit constant water temperature. A diver’s paradise!
The Hawksbill turtle is the special animal here. They feed on the abundant sponges and are regular sight when you go diving. The head which is tapered gives them a hawk like look and gives them the name. It is a nice thing to see under water turtles. They bring good luck. I will be returning with an account of my dive off one of the locations. Still to decide where to dive…..
Well I have had an interesting weekend. Got a call from my daughter her son and his mates had problems with a trip in the outback and needed help. Eventually after sifting through my daughter slightly hysterical and theatrical account I found out what was happening. I love my daughter to bits but I she is so unlike me and organisation is not her strong suit and neither does it appear to be my grandsons or his mates.
Car broken down not enough money to repair.
Not enough gear for the camping trip – basically the tent not big enough!! Really! So they had stayed in a BB and now short of money. This is only the second day of a 2 week trip.
So needed to get some money to them quickly and none of the idiots had a credit card with them.Can you believe not one of the four lads had taken a credit card – it was to prevent them going over their budget they said. I am going to have a long overdue talk with my grandson on sensible management when he gets back.
- Leave them to sort it out for themselves ( she rejected this idea)
- Talk to parents of other lads to raise the money. Could only contact 2 as the others were away on a trip.
- Take out a loan ( which he and his mates will have to pay the installments to pay her back)
After chatting to the parents she could contact they decided a loan was a quick and easy solution and one of the parents was a relative to the other two and said she was sure they would agree to cover the amounts if the boys couldn’t. I suggested she go to a company I have used before, Ferratum for an online cash loans as I know this is one of their products. Then to send it to the lads via Western Union.
Given the above I thought it might be useful to highlight some general tips to consider before an Outback trip:
- Have you vehicle checked over by reliable mechanic.
- Carry spares
- Take at least one credit card or prepaid card for emergency back up.
- Insure the trip – even if self organised or especially because it is!
- Check all your equipment – especially if said equipments has been an a mates garage for a couple of years unused!!!
- Do have a chat with someone with experiences before you set off to potentially dangerous areas.
- If going with a group ensure someone not going has a list of contact numbers.
- Take a First Aid kit – no matter how tough you think you are a cut get infected quickly and can become a problem.
Found an excellent blog with some good insight into planning an outback trip, go take a look. I think I will put a post together for next time with some suggestions for what equipment should be taken on a outback camping trip, a ‘To Do List” I thought – do you think it would be useful, and anyones experiences and feedback would be great?
The desert adder is a native snake of Australia. Believe it or not it is venomous but very shy. There are some very lesser known facts about this endangered snake species.
- Cobra Family – Desert adders only look like adders but are from the Cobra family. The change is due to convergent evolution.
- Mobile fangs – The fangs of this snake are mobile. It is located on a bone that can come forward. This results in bites at right angles which inject more venom.
- Live in Arid regions – The snake prefers dry or semidry are as a habitat. It can be found in deserts and rocky terrain.
- Ambush Hunters – Desert death adders hunt by luring and ambush.They bury in sand or bush displaying its tail as a worm. The prey when it gets near is attacked. Much like a predator, huh!
- Cannibals – These snakes generally prefer lizards and frogs, but can become cannibals eating their own young ones.
- Give birth to Young ones – Yes folks unlike snakes the Death adders will give birth to young ones. The young are self-dependent and the mother just wriggle away.
- Die of poisoning – They are one of the most poisonous snakes. But they can sometimes die of poisoning when it eats a small toad cane toad. The frog has venom fatal for the snake.
- Docile – These snakes are very docile and rarely attack humans . they rather slip away. Unlike popular beliefs of attacks by Desert death adders.
Dingo are native to Australia. They are made for the environment and in some places sit at the top of the food chain. It is a different species all together though called dog. Most dangerous for sheep a Dingo fence was made in 1855 to keep them out. The fence is longer even than the Great wall of China measuring approximately 3500 miles. Dingoes have been hunted a lot and now come under endangered species.
Here are some really interesting facts about these feared species.
- Dingoes had a very important role for Australian aboriginals. You can even now see the dingo drawings on rocks in the caves of aboriginals.
- Dingo is very emotional and pairs only once in life. If the partner dies it will not mate with another. Rather it will die mourning for the partner.
- Dingo is very intelligent. If threatened it will feign death and you will think it is dead. Once you are away it will be gone.
- Dingoes used to act a s friend for the Aboriginals. According to old legends they used to work as blankets in the cold. Really weird is it not?
- Also the Dingoes when young would live among men and comfort them. There are instances of Dingoes feeding human children as well. When they became adults they would return to the Wild.
- Dingoes live longer in captivity. They will live 5 years when in wild but up to 15 years in captivity. Very different from other Wild animals.
- Dingoes are close relatives of the Wolf .