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21. Posted by Kicka (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

True Ikey... but you guys still have almost every most poisonous animal on the planet- ants that can eat you (happened to two Swedish girls that camped out one night...), frogs, snakes, and not to mention the box jelly-fish and this new breed of jelly-fish that takes you out in two minutes...

I really don't mind the poison in the spiders, ii's more their size and having them in my house or car that freaks me out. I just heard of a friend of friend that moved from Byron Bay to Fiji, and they are so happy that they can let their two kids run around without worrying about poisonous animals biting them (there are non in Fiji:)).

Where we live now- Miami Beach, we swim in the ocean every morning and sometimes in the afternoon too... our 10 month old baby swims also and we never have to worry about some deadly jelly-fish. I'm sure Australia is not as bad as it sounds, but it's the paranoia about the fact that something might happen that's annoying... Yet to see a spider inside my house here- we are blessed with lizzards that eat them all...looooove the lizzards!

That eco-village in Currumbin does sound like a great idea though...maybe we'll do something like that in a place like Fiji... still looking for THE place though. Anyone know anything about Brazil?

:):):)

22. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 10y

Ok, ok, it looks like we are going to have to agree to disagree even though I could talk about this for days. :)

All I can say is if it was as bad as these people are telling you, then there would be nobody left in Australia, I know if my house was full of spiders or I couldn't swim for fear of jelly-fish, or was being chased by killer ants then I definitely would have packed my insect repelent and left years ago.

Maybe I'm used to it because I have lived here my whole life but I can honestly say I don't have any family members, friends or friends of friends that have been killed or bitten by a spider, jelly-fish, snake or any other deadly animal.
Before you write us off I think maybe you should come out for a holiday and see for yourself.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 25, 2006 9:01 PM by ikey ]

23. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

So in the end of the day NZ is the better option because there isn't one single dangerous animal around there. End of discussion!!!

I don't live in NZ anymore, I was just studying there for a year. So all I needed was a student visa. I don't know what it's like if you want to stay there for a longer period of time, though I think it's easier now than it was say 10 years ago.

As for the time issue in South America I see what you mean. Made me very tolerant to travel there during 8 months. Nowadays I don't get all upset if the train is 15 minutes late...

//Susanna

24. Posted by ada (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I dont think you should pick a country just because their is a few bad animals or insects in them, you should look at things like crime rate or education or tolerence and standard of living to name a few. Surely these things would impact your life a lot more than the animals?
Also I didn't see any more spiders in Australia than I saw in New Zealand (which also has the white tailed spider), of course your going to see spiders and creepy crawly's wherever you go, that's a beautiful part nature.
I can understand your fear of these spiders and things and you should know that Fiji is also home to many strang spiders, including some that are as big as your hand, I don;t think any that can kill you but I know that doesn't help when you have a phobia, and they also have the problem with the political situation.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 26, 2006 12:25 AM by ada ]

25. Posted by Kicka (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

OK, thanks to you guys, especially Ikey, for calming my fobia... I'm back on track...let's forget about spiders for a while and focus on THE place to be. Here's my focus:

Beautiful beach- being able to swim in the ocean almost every day atleast 6-9 months of the year
Climate - being able to wear shorts atleast 6-9 months of the year
Somwhat political and social stability and cleanliness
Low crime-rate and safe for a child to run around

Not excessive amount of tourists and nasty development
(Proximity to a cute town with a healthyfood store and open-minded spiritual people is a plus, but not a neccesity)

Does that make it easier to suggest places? So Ikey- what place in Australia sounds like THE place?

:):):)

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 26, 2006 4:28 AM by Kicka ]

26. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 10y

Quoting Kicka

OK, thanks to you guys, especially Ikey, for calming my fobia... I'm back on track...let's forget about spiders for a while and focus on THE place to be. Here's my focus:

Beautiful beach- being able to swim in the ocean almost every day atleast 6-9 months of the year
Climate - being able to wear shorts atleast 6-9 months of the year
Somwhat political and social stability and cleanliness
Low crime-rate and safe for a child to run around

Not excessive amount of tourists and nasty development
(Proximity to a cute town with a healthyfood store and open-minded spiritual people is a plus, but not a neccesity)

Does that make it easier to suggest places? So Ikey- what place in Australia sounds like THE place?

:):):)

Right then, that's a tough one Kicka. There is about 30,000 km/s of coastline in Australia and I think about 60% of it covers what you have listed above.
I wouldn't recommend living near Sydney or south of Sydney because the weather is too cold, (I live in Melbourne and I think it would be too cold for you here in winter - average between 6-13 celsius in our coldest month and Sydney is only a couple of degrees warmer).
Also avoid the tropics because you cannot swim all year round due to jelly-fish (unless you want to wear a lycra body-suit to the beach).

Due to the size of this country I am not familar with every town and city but I think anywhere between Brisbane and Cairns would be perfect as it is very relaxed up there and plenty of open minded people.
I have to mention Western Australia also because it is said to have some of the best beaches in the world but I've never been there so can't give you much help. But with all that coastline they must have a place that is perfect for you.
Anyway I'm off to UK tomorrow for a couple of days then Thailand (can't wait!) for a month so if I find anything there I will let you know.
Happy hunting

27. Posted by mat44 (Full Member 58 posts) 10y

Kicka i hafta say that The Gold Coast or byron bay sound like very good spots for you. They have very similar temperatures to Miama, not very far from the tropics and the beaches are very nice there. You shoudlnt worry about stingers or jelly fish in these two areas and if you like surfing then you are in luck. (espicially if you choose the gold coast)

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