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1. Posted by 98uh (Budding Member 18 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Is Hitch Hiking accepted/safe/common in aus? I reckon it is but just to make sure.

2. Posted by myusername (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you don't mind being murdered then im sure it is acceptable.

3. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

There have been a couple of well-documented cases of backpackers who have been murdered after being picked up by the side of the road. Most notably, Ivan Milat in Southern NSW murdered at least 7 people. See website if you want gruesome details (its a serial killer website, and no I'm not obsessed, I just thought I'd look up the facts for you and found the website ):
http://www.shyscyberchamber.com/milat_ivan.asp

However I do know of people who have quite safely hitchhiked in rural areas. My advice:
1 Use public transport if you can - there are bus or train services between Australian cities
2 Try and get lifts from women or families, I think they are less likely to be rapists or murderers
3 NEVER hitch-hike alone
4 Be careful with taking lifts from long-distance truck drivers - they may have been driving for days without sleep, hopped up on aphetamines

I wouldn't do it, but I'm not a big risk taker