Health and Safety
If you are self-driving—especially in remote areas—make sure you have enough fuel, water, and food and carry a first-aid kit. Let others know where you are going and for how long. Mosquitoes are prevalent, so cover up and use a good insect repellent; the worst times for mosquitoes are dawn and dusk.
Respect the Australian sun, especially in summer. Sunburn is a real danger if you don't follow the Australian mantra: slip, slap, slop—that is, slip on a hat, slap on sunglasses, and slop on sunscreen. On popular beaches around major cities and towns, lifesavers (lifeguards) are usually on duty and put up flags to swim between, but generally most beaches are unguarded. Take extra care, especially where there are strong currents.
The emergency contact number for police, fire, and ambulance is 000. From a GSM mobile (cell) phone the number is 112.