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This seems like a great opportunity to ask lots of non-Aussies at the same time:

1 - Have you ever wanted to come and visit Australia?
2 - If so, what appeals to you, and what's stopping you?
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1. Well of course. You all seem like down to earth people, no pun intended. I like beer, so that seems to work out well. And of course we know Australia is the opera center of the universe, what with the opera house and all.

2. It's the snakes. That Steve Irwin crocodile hunter went around and touched all the top 10 deadliest snakes on the planet. 8 of the 10 were in Australia. That's the way I remember it anyway. I've dealt with copperheads and timber rattlers in the woods of Pennsylvania. Those won't kill you unless you skip the hospital for 48 hours. Aussie snakes don't mess around.

Yeah, and the airfare.
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1)Absolutely
2)The cost of gas to drive there Smile
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Yep, Australia is full of the world's most deadly snakes, spiders, jelly fish and the sharks and crocodiles are REALLY working up an appetite.

The sun is also deadly down here, too. We have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. But hey! We're all still alive. Just slip, slop, slap (slip on shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat) - stay in the cities or stick with a tour group - you just have to be careful walking in the bush in summer, watch the logs you walk over, don't scream when you see a snake (except a brown snake, then run for your life - they'll chase you), don't swim in the ocean in latitudes any higher than the Tropic of Capricorn in summer and avoid gardening without gloves.

Save a few dollars a week for the airfare. Stay hydrated on the plane (water - not beer!) and walk around the plane regularly (it'll avoid jet lag). Bring your sense of humour and "she'll be right, mate - bewdy bottla ripper"!!
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Over the years I've kept and propagated various Marine specimens and involved in efforts to propagate various live coral specimens. I've always known about and would certainly fear the Blue Ring Octopus which is about the size of a golf ball and making it's home in the crystal clear shallow waters of Australia.

Very few have ever recounted the experience of being stung by this beautiful animal as dead men just can't talk.

But the vibrant city and sparkling beaches are one of a kind. I will soon visit the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Park.

Just lovely.

Oh and revlovejoy mentioned your Crocodille Hunter guy Steve Irwin. Good god! he's worked our American nerves to no end wrestling with those animals. Not sure we can take one more minute of his daredevil antics. Hehehe.
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Crikey!!!
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I only heard about that little blue ringed octopus recently. I thought Melbourne beaches (though not as fabulously exciting as Sydney's beaches upwards), would be safe. But the sharks love it down south.

I'll stick to roaming the bush - in the winter - with big boots on - and an axe.

Have you ever heard about bunyips?
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Blue Rings aren't that scary, as kids we used to collect them from the rocks, seems dangerous now, but we just made sure we didn't get stung. They also have very brittle beaks that often break before puncturing the skin.

Come to think about it, I was bloody mad as a kid, what was I thinking, those things'll kill ya.

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The Linking Blue Rings... there's a good Aussie trick for you.
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Nice idea Tim, do you plan on using multiple octopi or glueing the tentacles of one to create a set of 4 rings pre-linked?

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Brendan, we might have to move this discussion to the SECRET SESSIONS area...
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Oh I don't have enough posts to get in there LOL I've posted more in the last 2 days than ever, too much time and not enough work.

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Look, I think this thread is putting people off visiting Australia... lots of rumours and innuendo about our dangerous creature. These are the only ones we have that are REALLY dangerous okay:

SEA WASP (aka BOX JELLYFISH): Children who have been stung by the sea wasp have died within minutes of being stung.

THE PORTUGESE MAN-O-WAR: The Portuguese Man-Of War is another stinging jellyfish, and although it is much more widespread and common than the box jellyfish or sea wasp, it is not as deadly as the sea wasp.

BLUE RINGED OCTOPUS: There is no antivenom for the poison from a blue-ringed octopus. It is usually necessary to perform continuous CPR on a victim until the effects of the venom have subsided. This may take several hours, but it may mean the difference between life or death for the victim.

SALTWATER CROCODILE: The adult saltwater crocodile will eat anything that comes too close to it. That includes fish, birds, and mammals of any size, including humans, that venture near the water's edge.

SHARKS: Sharks eat other sharks, seals, fish, baby dolphins, birds and sometimes humans…mostly because they mistake them for seals.

RED BELLIED BLACK SNAKE: It hunts by day, feeding on frogs, small mammals and other reptiles. Its venom is dangerous to man.

TIGER SNAKE: The Tiger snake is one of the deadliest snakes in the world, and can be found in the Australian Southwest.

THE TAIPAN: The Taipan is the most venomous snake in Australia. Male and female are both very aggressive if cornered

RED BACKED SPIDER: Red-back bites occur frequently, but only the female bite is dangerous. They can cause serious illness and have caused deaths.

FUNNEL WEB SPIDER: The Tree-dwelling Funnel-web Spideris the most dangerous spider in Australia, and among the most dangerous spiders in the world.

THE PLATYPUS: Platypus spurrings of people are rare, but the select group who have survived the trauma report pain strong enough to induce vomiting which can persist for days, weeks or even months. The pain is resistant to morphine and other pain-killing drugs and anaesthesia of the main nerve from the spur site is often the only way to relieve the patient's suffering.

Apart from that, most of the other creatures down here are all that dangerous...
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You forgot Bunyips and Drop Bears :0
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Yeah... come to think of it, it wasn't the Blue Ringed Octopus... it was a small, invisible to the eye under water, very small jelly fish of some sort with long tentacles that will sting through a wetsuit. It kills you.

There's nothing to prevent the sting (at least you can avoid the box jellyfish sting by wearing a full bod stocking).

OK - I think I'll move overseas!
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Tell us about Bunyips and Drop Bears, Brendan.
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Australia looks like a blast. I'm not much of an adventurer, so the Outback doesn't beckon, but I do enjoy sports. I would love to see an Aussie Rules match, not to mention a proper game of rugby.
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Hmmm, When I read the first post I was thinking, Yeah I would love to go to Austrailia. Sounds great. Now I am not so sure.
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Aaaah, come on... don't let us put you off...

Aussies are reknown for story telling...

...truly!

:)
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I'm not a footbal fan - but hey - Aussie Rules is a FABULOUS game!!
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When asked questions like that I rely on google and Wiki Smile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_Bear

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunyip

Wiki has them listed as mythalogical creatures but that is their opinion only, they obviously haven't sat quietly in the bush at night near a billabong.

Brendan

A billabong is a small lagoon type body of water created when the bend in a river is cut off from the rest of the flow.
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Hi,

I have always had Australia on my wish list of places to see. Friendly people, beautiful country, sounds like a great place to visit!! I've had a fondness for the country and people since my 5th grade Aussie teacher taught me how to sing Kookaberra, Waltzing Matilda, and Wild Colonial boy. It must have planted in my head that these Aus people must possess a wonderful sense of humor. Seeing Rolf Harris sing "The Three Legged Man" must have also played a role too, as well as listening to Six White Boomers played on the radio at Christmastime. I'm still waiting to hear "With a Swag Upon My Shoulder", although I don't drink the stuff myself. Yes, that all convinced me..Aus is the place to go!

On a more serious note - from all those that I've known to have visited your country there is been nothing but rave reviews regarding the people and of the landscape. It is one place I plan to see someday.

Chrystal
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Wow - you brought back so many memories of singing those songs.

Have you ever heard the naughty songs? HAHAAAAaaa ... ah dear... I shouldn't be so amused, should I?!
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Gee guys, Australia sounds like a really fun time - as long as you know that visiting automatically makes you become part of the food chain. Smile

I mean really: Saltwater Crocodiles, Great White Sharks, Deadly Octopi and dangerous Jellyfish, I guess swimming is not a good idea. Smile

Wait, one could always take a stroll, right?...NOT! Aggressive and venemous snakes along with poisonous spiders await unsuspecting tourists, and what about the bloody Scorpions?! Smile

But why worry? Heck, you'll probably pass out from the scorching sun and never feel a thing anyway. Smile

Yep, got my plane ticket, suit of armour, first aid kit, spear-gun, M16 assault rifle, sunglasses and sunscreen. Okay, guess I'm ready to go visit Tim and Sue-Anne. Smile
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Oh, and if you go swimming, watch out for the Bondi cigars. Harmless, but you don't want to touch one.
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Spent 4 months there when I was stationed with the Marines. It was for Operation Tandem Thrust (insert your own joke here, I don't make up the names, folks) and we spent the majority of our time on liberty in Rockhampton and Brisbane just before we went back to Japan. Australia is a beautiful country, the wife and I are saving up for a trip back there.
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Like Kid Iowa I was also stationed In Japan with the Marines. Met a few Shelias from down under while I was there. And these girls were Mucho Keen!!

I would love to visit Australia. Very much. Just seems like a beautiful Country filled with a lot of nice folks. I'll bet the golf courses are beautiful as well. I've always wanted to go. Cost is probably the one thing holding me back. Maybe one day I'll stow away on a tramp steamer and make my way over there.

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Don't start with the Golf Courses! For a while Hobson was an annual visitor purely to play golf!
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My 2 week tour of Australia and New Zealand was one of the greatest lecture tours I ever did ... the scenery was incredible and the magic was great (and they seemed to enjoy my lecture as well!), but what I remember most was how fun-loving the people were ... I had such a good time hanging out with the locals and I even did a gig for company banquet that was quite a hoot ...

My youngest daughter knows EVERYTHING about Austalia and wants to go with me the next time I go ... maybe I can sneak her in my luggage!
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I understand it's beautiful there. Also, it's an English speaking country. Apparently it's a deadly country too! This topic should be named, "Will you come to be buried down under?" Smile
My wife, who teaches, and my son, have the summer off. Here in New Hampshire, we have about two and a half months of summer weather and four months of winter weather. I'd have to convince my wife to leave the short summer here to go to the winter there. If there's good skiing there, that might be possible. My wife and son are crazy about skiing.

Are you in the warm Northern regions of Australia?

The expense and long trip tend to make other locations easier too.

Considering the situation is somewhat symmetrical for you, thanks for coming "up over!"
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