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Australia: Government Warns of Wild Dingoes at Fraser Island

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

The Queensland Department of National Parks issued a safety alert for Fraser Island, citing the presence of young dingoes, Australia’s wild dogs. The department said that because juvenile dingoes are learning pack rules and often show aggression, they will try to dominate people visiting their habitat, especially children. The alert also noted that as the [read more]

Papua New Guinea: Porters Killed in Ambush on Black Cat Trail

Date: September 18th, 2013 | No Comments

A group of Australian and New Zealand trekkers was attacked and three of their porters killed in an afternoon ambush on the Black Cat track in Morobe Province Sept. 10. The bandits used knives and machetes in the attack and stole money and passports from the trekkers. Four suspects have been arrested and another killed [read more]

Australia: Thousands Flee Wildfires in Tasmania

Date: January 9th, 2013 | No Comments

Raging wildfires that began Jan. 4 created a state of emergency in Tasmania, forcing 700 tourists and thousands of locals to evacuate as 140 “bush fires” burned out of control. Extreme heat, drought conditions and high winds have all contributed to a “catastrophic” bush fire season, officials reported. Wildfire warnings were in place for Tasmania [read more]

Australia: Life-Threatening Error Found in Apple Maps

Date: December 12th, 2012 | No Comments

Police in Mildura, Victoria are warning visitors not to rely on Apple Maps for directions to their city, pointing out a system flaw that could be “life-threatening” to those unfamiliar with the area. A search for Mildura on Apple Maps is sending drivers into a national park desert area 45 miles away. There is no [read more]

New Zealand: Volcano Activity Surprises Scientists, Disrupts Travel

Date: August 7th, 2012 | No Comments

Mt. Tongariro, a North Island volcano dormant for more than a century, spewed smoke and ash over the northern side of the mountain August 6, causing domestic flight cancellations and road closures throughout the area. The eruption, which came as a surprise to geologists as well as residents, occurred at Te Mari Craters near the [read more]

Austrailia: Tourist Sexually Assaulted in Cairns

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

A 22-year-old tourist walking alone was sexually assaulted and robbed in Cairns Nov. 3, but police charged three teenage boys with assault and robbery after finding her passport and other belongings in one of their homes. Several female tourists have been raped in Cairns in recent years and some reports say that the city has [read more]

Australia: Severe Flooding Devastates NSW, Queensland

Date: January 30th, 2013 | No Comments

Tropical Cyclone Oswald hit the eastern seaboard and unleashed severe flooding through New South Wales and Queensland, killing at least four people and affecting tens of thousands more. Floodwaters had begun to recede Jan. 29 after days of torrential rain, and authorities were working to clean up debris. Military trucks and helicopters were used to [read more]

Fiji: Thousands Evacuated, Tourists Stranded by Cyclone Evan

Date: December 20th, 2012 | No Comments

About 2,000 tourists were stranded when Cyclone Evan battered the archipelago Dec. 17 with torrential rain, flash flooding and winds up to 125 mph. The storm hit the northwestern islands hardest, especially the west side of Viti Levu, the main island. With the airport closed, more than 8,000 people had to be evacuated to shelters [read more]

Australia: “Red Tide” Shuts Down Sydney Beaches

Date: November 28th, 2012 | No Comments

Tourists venturing to Bondi and other popular Sydney beaches on Nov. 27 were met by blood-red seas and large signs warning them to stay out of the water. No shark sightings were reported, but a rare and massive algae bloom had occurred overnight, changing the color of the water. The natural phenomenon, known as a [read more]

Australia: Surfer Killed by Shark in West Coast’s “Deadliest Water”

Date: July 18th, 2012 | No Comments

A great white shark killed a 24-year old surfer July 14 near Wedge Island, off the coast of Western Australia. A man on a jet ski witnessed part of the attack and tried to help the victim, but was unable to reach him. Although authorities conducted an intensive search, neither the shark nor the body [read more]






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