Whether it’s after finishing the final year of school, or taking a break mid-way through a university course, many students like to take an Australian gap year in order to travel and explore the other side of the world.
With stunning scenery, spectacular wildlife and a whole host of activities, Australia is one of the most popular gap year destinations for students, and nowhere more so than the area known as Australia’s northern waters.
Offering some of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the world, this is certainly an area that anyone visiting Australia will want to head to. However, it’s also worth noting a few obvious dangers if you are to avoid having to make a travel accident claim when you should be off enjoying yourself.
Avoiding dangers in Australia’s northern waters
It’s easy to become so lost and overwhelmed by the beauty of this part of the country that you overlook the obvious dangers that face travellers in this particular region. Here are just a few hazards that you should be aware of:
- The Ocean
The golden rule for swimming in Australia’s northern waters is to always visit beaches patrolled by lifeguards, and to do so between the red and yellow flags if you are to avoid the waves and currents that can be deceptively fierce.
Australia is home to the deadliest collection of animals in the world; sharks, jellyfish, spiders, crocodiles and snakes to name just a few. Although it is highly unlikely you will encounter any of these when you are there, it’s worth being aware of what you might come across in order to avoid any serious personal injury.
The weather can always provide constant dangers in this part of the world. From the blazing heat that can cause serious sun stroke to heavy storms that will make any surface a slip, trip or fall hazard or a potential road accident waiting to happen. So keep an eye on the regional forecast before venturing out.
Have you been injured while on holiday?
If you’ve been injured while travelling around Australia or anywhere else in the world, you may be entitled to make a claim for holiday accident compensation. This could include anything from road traffic accidents to food poisoning and sunstroke.
Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing with personal injury compensation claims for many years and work with you on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis. So call us on our 24 hour, seven day-a-week Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to see if you are entitled to make a claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice