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  • Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
  • Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania
  • Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia
  • Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney
  • Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania
  • Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia
  • Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia
  • Sunset in outback Western Australia
  • Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania

Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania

Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia

Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia

Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney

Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney

Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania

Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia

Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia

Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia

Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia

Sunset in outback Western Australia

Sunset in outback Western Australia

Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Snake Bites

Western Brown SnakeWestern Brown Snake
(Souce: Andy Mitchell)
With summer approaching and days getting warmer, snake activity is increasing again. While every year a 3-digit number of people get bitten and most Australian snakes are venomous, the number of fatalities is very low and most of these cases could have been avoided if the victims had acted more carefully.

In Western Australia for example, this week a 41-year-old man has died from the bite of what is believed to be a large Western Brown Snake.

Tragic as this is, it is the first fatal snake bite in Western Australia since 2010. The man had encountered the snake in a rural town and tried to pick it up by its tail and then got bitten 2-3 times. Instead of seeking medical attention, he then went to camp outside town and collapsed 40 minutes later. He was taken to hospital immediately but pronounced deceased on arrival.

If you encounter a snake, NEVER try to pick it up, catch it or touch it in any way. Instead, retreat slowly and if the snake is in an area where it might pose a threat to other people, call the police who will send wildlife experts to catch and remove the snake. If you get bitten, seek medical help immediately.

About meLiving Australia, living my dream

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My name is Gernot. You most like have never come across this name before, because it is rare even in Germany where I am originally from.

I have been to Australia for the first time in 2000 and immediately fell in love with this this country. The pleasant climate in Sydney, the unique combination of urban life and nature this city offers but especially the beautiful, warm colours of the land.

In 2010 I finally made this long standing dream come true. I left Germany and migrated as permanent resident to Sydney.

Between this first visit and relocating to Australia permanently has passed almost a decade and of course I have been back in between a number of times, travelling this country I now call home.

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Such a useful, insightful and concise website even for someone who lives in Australia for long time like I do. I like dangerous animal section, very handy for me to be careful of some spiders around. ...
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