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Old Yesterday, 02:22 PM
 
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My other question is, is it safe for backpackers in Australia? I saw some articles telling that it is not so safe in the remote regions of Australia.
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Old Yesterday, 04:59 PM
 
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My other question is, is it safe for backpackers in Australia? I saw some articles telling that it is not so safe in the remote regions of Australia.
Remote regions of Australia certainly present with issues. It can be harsh country, besides being remote, also very less well travelled. Breaking down, becoming lost while walking, swimming in water, snake bites can all become very trying events, leading to demise.


If its chancing upon 'uncool' hombres, then that too could prove an issue. Put it this way, one could disappear for a long time, without being found in such country and it has happened. (England Back packer Falconer? (sp) in NT springs to mind.


One can chance upon, some very anti social people in these parts, with own issues that are not easily dealt with by professionals. ( French traveller, not to long ago shot dead in front of wife, just a few days in country, by stranger for no reason)


One can at the same time, chance upon, doing their own thing, their way and cross some interesting personalities from around the world.
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Old Yesterday, 06:35 PM
 
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My other question is, is it safe for backpackers in Australia? I saw some articles telling that it is not so safe in the remote regions of Australia.
I think a lot of international backpackers underestimate just how remote parts of Australia are, and what that means for simple things like phone coverage ( seriously , get a satellite phone if youíll be spending time in a remote area), and access to emergency services. They also underestimate how quickly things can go bad if broken down in a hot remote area without adequate water supplies. And donít dismiss the danger of wildlife in places like the tropical north.

Beyond that though, Australia is comparatively safe even compared with other western countries . But like anywhere, low risk doesnít mean no risk, so just be cautious like you would be at home.
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Old Yesterday, 07:00 PM
 
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Australia is something of a back packers central, I guess, even if highly expensive (many come to work, of course, on WHV's.) With such numbers, obviously some are going to go amiss.
But at the same time with such numbers, more are likely to avail themselves to dangerous situations. It depends largely to where we refer, in comparing safety. Safer than South America and Africa for sure.
Most will not be in situations of grave danger, but never the less, situations do arise, and not all are friendly. I recall a few QLD inland bars, for example where the vibe was most unfriendly, with one in particular where violence was barely concealed. Not too different from some places in The States, though, less likely in Europe (outside of UK), but the biggest mugging and concern for health will, I expect be the prices.
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Distances are so great in Australia that I would recommend flying between places of interest. We landed in Sydney, stayed a few days, then flew to Brisbane and took a local bus to Surfer's Paradise. After a visit, we flew to Townsville, stayed over, then took a coach to Cairn's. We later flew to Darwin, drove a rental car to Litchfield Park and back, then flew on to Alice Springs. From Alice, we drove another rental to Ayers Rock, then flew back to Sydney. We bought some sort of Airpass that allowed us a set number of flights. We stayed at Backpackers and inexpensive hotels.
The only part I wouldn't do again was the coach trip from Townsville to Cairns (BORING). We also considered the drive from Sydney to Brisbane. Fellow travelers told us it was also long and boring. Glad we made the choices we did. (BTW: It was my second time to all of the places except Darwin.)
My next time will be to Perth and Broome.
Have a great trip! Australia is awesome!
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Distances are so great in Australia that I would recommend flying between places of interest. We landed in Sydney, stayed a few days, then flew to Brisbane and took a local bus to Surfer's Paradise. After a visit, we flew to Townsville, stayed over, then took a coach to Cairn's. We later flew to Darwin, drove a rental car to Litchfield Park and back, then flew on to Alice Springs. From Alice, we drove another rental to Ayers Rock, then flew back to Sydney. We bought some sort of Airpass that allowed us a set number of flights. We stayed at Backpackers and inexpensive hotels.
The only part I wouldn't do again was the coach trip from Townsville to Cairns (BORING). We also considered the drive from Sydney to Brisbane. Fellow travelers told us it was also long and boring. Glad we made the choices we did. (BTW: It was my second time to all of the places except Darwin.)
My next time will be to Perth and Broome.
Have a great trip! Australia is awesome!
I have to agree on the coach trip from Townsville to Cairns is boring as I been on that coach trip. The only region between Sydney and Brisbane worth visiting when you are at a short time in Australia is Byron Bay. Byron Bay residents include Chris and Liam Hemsworth and Liam new wife Miley Cyrus have a home there. Matt Damond and his family have had a home in that region too. Sure Byron Bay used to be a sleepy hippy coastal town and now it is very commercialised. However you do not have to travel far to see nature from that region. Byron Bay is a nice interesting town and attracts all sorts of people there, and one of the reasons is the alternative lifestyle.

The region of the outback you travelled sounds cool.
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