Guide to Enjoy Australian Beaches : Here are the Do’s and the Don’ts

lincoln-city-1204401_640Surely, Australia is one of the world’s countries that boast awesome beaches with crystal clear water, intoxicating sunshine, and ultra-white soft sand. It is also renowned for its sophisticated shopping centers, dining centers, good CBD and public transport. There are a couple of top-class beaches that attract massive tourists.

Visiting Australian beaches sounds an exciting experience- huh? Not always! Sometimes it can be life threatening unless you are guided by some basic rules.

Beach and Sun Safety

Always wear your hat and sunscreen, the UV rays are severe. Not all beaches have umbrellas for hire, so it is safe to carry your own if you are expecting a shade. The UV is fierce throughout the year, the UV exposure is at its worse between 10am and 3pm so make sure to protect yourself and your children against skin exposure.

The best remedy to be sun-safe is slip, slop, slap- a recommendation from Australian Cancer Council.

  • Slip on clothing which covers legs and arms.
  • Slap on a hat.
  • Slop on sunscreen.

Always wear broad-spectrum sunscreen and keep reapplying, particularly after sweating or swimming. Drink your bottled water regularly to avoid dehydration.

The Rips

Most Australia beaches have intense currents of water that can carry you along and out to sea. If you caught in a rip, do not panic. Swim parallel to the beach; you will be out of it in only a few meters. You can also opt to float and get carried by the rip, they will disperse just beyond the breakers, if you are a good swimmer, and you can easily get back to the shore. If you find yourself in trouble raise one arm up in the air, the lifesavers will rescue you.

Non-lethal stingers

The beaches have painful stingers e.g. the bluebottles, a small jellyfish. They are bright blue; this makes them easy to spot. Children may find the sting painful; adults say it causes only a minor itch. The best treatment is ice; the pain goes after 15-25 minutes, and the red bump goes away in a day.

Shark and crocodile attacks

Attacks by sharks are very rare, however if it happens it is always fatal. Avoid the risk of shark attacks by avoiding swimming at evening. Avoiding swimming alone, at river sources, along way offshore or along drop-offs to deeper water. When traveling near crocodile territories adhere to safety signs. Don’t swim in estuaries, rivers, deep pools or tidal rivers. Follow these safety rules to enjoy your trip. Also, work on your fitness so that you will have a thrilling experience when you visit the beaches. Practice swimming prior to your trip to sharpen your swimming skills. Watch the following video in order to know how to get prepared for your beach season in Australia: