Flies in Your Face
I don’t know how to break it to you but you have never been pestered by a fly if you haven’t been pestered by an Australian one. These little monsters are particularly vicious on this dangerous country and will try to reach every inch of your skin, fly to your eyes and crawl in your ears and nostrils. If you choose to come during Australian summer, you will never be alone because you will always have your own personal swarm of them following you and in Queensland the blowflies even bite you. A lot.
Quite obvious, but I still want to warn you of the blood thirsty mosquitoes that thrive in swampy areas and therefore especially after the wet season in the North. Don’t even bother bringing insect repellent, the only one that apparently works (though I haven’t tried it), is the Bushman. One good thing for all Germans out there with Antibrumm. It seems to work against the biting blowflies.
Bin Your Fruits
Since flies are such a pain, it is not surprising that there have been steps undertaken to limit their further distribution. South Australia, in particular has taken necessary means in the form of banning all fruits from entering the state. So eat up your apples and pears, dunk them in the bins at the border or be in for a hefty fine. They really don’t joke when they say they want to keep fruit flies out.
Tap It Good
Australian tap water is drinkable and mostly fountains are placed all over so as to prevent people from collapsing out of dehydration. This means you have no excuse not to drink lots of litres per day. The hotter and the more you walk, the more you need to drink. One thing, though. The water does rather taste undelightful, unless you like a whiff of chlorine. If you poke your nose at that, purchase a bottle with filter at K-Mart.
Kangaroos Will Not be so Special
The first time you see a kangaroo or wallaby will be extremely exciting. Pictures galore, exclamations of joy and general glee at being so lucky as to spot one. Then you will a couple more and then some more and it will dawn on you that they are actually just special anywhere else in the world but can even be a pest over in OZ. There are just too many of them. This does not mean that they are any less cute, but you should not be sad if someone saw a kangaroo and you missed it. It is quite impossible to leave the country without ever having seen one.
Watch Your Food
Yes, on the one hand. The Australian wildlife is tricky and will not hold back on your luggage if they suppose there might be edibles in there. Watch out for dingoes jumping on your 4WD or wallabies biting through your backpack. Better store it away and even better yet, have your own esky ready because the heat in Australia should never be underestimated and food poisoning is not as rare as you think (says someone who has gone through the ordeal).