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Australian Beach Safety

Safety Tips at the Australian Beaches

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Australian Beaches represent a big attraction for Australians as well as for international travellers. Long stretches of golden sand, pristine azure waters, huge waves are the perfect set for a beach paradise, but when it comes to swim at the australian beaches, then it’s not always ideal as you may have dreamed of.

The Australian beaches can certainly reward you with the most incredible experience, that you are unlikely to get somewhere else in the world, however they also conceal many hazards and dangers, all travellers should be aware of.

Summer season from November to April in the Australia┬┤’s North Tropical Region is not good for swimming, the wet season makes the access to the ocean impossible because of poisining jelly fish and the crocodiles. In some other parts of the country like Western Australia and Queensland sharks and strong currents may be an issue too.

Therefore as a general rule if you want to make the most of your beach holiday you should get acquainted with the place where you are and first and foremost always take notice of all warning signs and beach safety tips.

Most beaches in Australia are patrolled. Beach Lifeguards are there to give you the information you need, have always the updated situation about the water conditions, the currents, the tide, the stingers and more detailed info you may need for your sport activity at the beach. If no beach lifeguard is around and the beach is not patrolled usually the local tourist information office can provide you with updated information about the water conditions and more detailed information you may need.

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Here below a short checklist with australian beach safety tips:

  • Only Swim Between the Flags, the red and the yellow flags! which are the designated areas for swimming and are patrolled by lifesavers. Who haven’t heard or seen them? They are simply everywhere, in some coastal areas I have seen the signs even in the city centre pointing to the beach.
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  • Read the warning signs at the beach and obey any instructions you receive by the lifesavers. Ever wondered what the loud whistling on some beaches is all about? The lifesavers trying to signalize people they are swimming outside the flags!
  • If you instead want to surf or kayak you can only do it outside the blue flags.
  • Beware of the strong rips, the Australian ocean is full of them, and they are really strong, to make it very difficult to swim back into the shore, even expert swimmer get stuck into them.
  • Never swim alone, even if you are an expert swimmer. It’s always better to swim with a friend or a companion, in Australia I would never swim completely alone.
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  • Beware of jellyfish and crocodiles in the tropical northern beaches, during the summer months from november to april, there are lots of them.
  • Be careful of sharks in the southern beaches, to be on the safe side swim inside the netted swimming pool, if there is one.
  • Always check water conditions before swimming, if uncertain ask the patrol and if none there the next tourist information office, they will give you all information.
  • Check depth before diving. If you get in trouble in the water, signal for help by wawing your arm.
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  • Sun in Australia is extremenly aggressive, always wear a hat and sunglasses and protect your skin with a sun block all times also by cloudy weather.The sun is very strong in Australia and especially in some areas like Townsville, where I the uv is extremenly aggressive. I still remember the burning effect of the sun on my leg while walking in the city centre.
  • Avoid to expose yourself in the sun at its strongest between 11am-4pm. But always wear a wide brim hat, good quality sun glasses, sun protection on your skin and drink lots of mineral or vitamin water.

Hope you find this information about the australian beach safety ufesul for your travels across Australia. You can also check more tips on about Safe Travel in Australia.

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