Travel Advice and Health Information for Australia
Within this section we cover three important areas in relation to travelling to Australia which are:
It is important that you are vigilant when in Australia as there are many ways you can harm yourself from sunstroke to being bitten by a deadly spider! For some useful information on the main dangers you should be aware of when visiting Australia and how to prepare for them keep reading...
Australia is home to lots of weird, scary and dangerous stuff such as 9 of the 10 most venomous snakes in the world. But, don’t let the thought of creepy crawlies put you off as incidents of being bitten by a spider or snake is rare. In fact you have more chance of being bitten by another human being than by a shark!
Staying Safe in the Outback
The Outback is a wild place as it’s one of the hottest, driest and potentially deadly environments on the planet. That said, it’s also staggeringly beautiful. If you are visiting the Outback then it is important to tell people where you are going and when you will be back. You should also:
- Take a good map (with water sources marked on it), a compass, a GPS and to be fully prepared an emergency position indicator radio beacon.
- Make sure you know your vehicle and that you have all the spares you might need.
- Beware of animals on the tracks and be careful when crossing water. Check how deep it is and be aware of crocodiles.
Staying Safe in the Sea
With all the dangers of the Outback, you’d think you might be safest in the water but the seas around Australia hold certain dangers too that you need to be aware of:
- Strong tides. Always pay attention to the flags on the beaches, as these will tell you where it is safe to swim and where there are life guards who will help you if you get into trouble.
- Box Jellyfish. Box jellyfish are up to 3 metres long and have a frightening number of stinging tentacles. In Northern Australia, box jellyfish season runs from October to April. Further south into Northern Queensland or northern Western Australia the season runs from November to March. Always check with local authorities about box jellyfish activity.
- Sharks. If you see a shark, stay away from it and tell someone. Shark attacks are not common but it’s worth bearing in mind that they do live in the waters around Australia.
Even though these dangers do exist it is important to remember that it is extremely unlikely that any harm or injure will come to you. Any fear of the dangers should just encourage you to be aware and informed.
Ensuring you know what to do in the event of a health emergency is important, so make sure you know about healthcare in Australia and what to do in a medical emergency.
Hospitals & medical centres
For emergencies dial 000. If you need medical advice for minor problems chemists are a good source of information.
Medicare is Australians version of the NHS. You will need to register at a Medicare office to get a card and then you can get free hospital treatment for emergencies and a refund on some doctors’ charges. However, iIt is still important to take out adequate travel insurance before you leave the UK.
Your embassy can help you out in a number of ways if you get into trouble or fall seriously ill whilst you’re abroad. To reduce the chances of having an accident, falling ill or being the victim of crime whilst you are abroad, check the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at:
Before you travel to Australia ensure that you have embassy information with you. Embassy information is as follows:
- British High Commission - Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT. 2600 - (02) 6270 6666
- British Consulate General - Level 26, Allendale Square, 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000 - 08 9224 4770
- Canadian Consulate General - Level 5, 111 Harrington Street, Sydney - 02364 3000
- Canadian Consulate - 3rd Floor, 267 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA - 08 9322 7930
- Consulate of Canada - 123 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn, East Victoria - 03 9811 9999
- Irish Consulate General - Level 30, 400 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 - 02 9231 6999
- Irish Consulate - 10 Lilika Road, Perth, WA - 08 9385 8247