Fraser Island – Australia
Heading to Fraser Island? Be aware that beaches don’t get more dangerous. Located off Queensland’s picturesque southern coast, this is a stunning spot. The sands are pristine and the ocean waters glisten in the sun. But those treading these spectacular shores face perils and hazards galore.
Forget about the aggressive Dingoes that often wander onto the sands and the Great White Sharks that patrol the ocean waters. It’s all about the jellyfish, and the stingers that are most common here rank amongst the deadliest around. Beware Blue Bottles and always look out for the infamous Irukandji. This species is small, for sure. But it’s also extremely venomous.
One of the most poisonous jellyfish on the planet, the consequences can be dire for anyone stung by an Irukandji. Urgent medical attention is required. But with none available on Fraser Island, whether help arrives on time or not can be a matter of life or death. Fraser Island also hosts not less than 18 species of snakes, with one third of them considered dangerous, including the extremely venomous eastern brown snake. The eastern brown is responsible for more than half of all serious snake bites in Australia and over 60 per cent of the country’s snakebite-related deaths*. Will you pay a visit to the gorgeous Fraser island?
*University of Melbourne