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What to do with your dosh on the beach?

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1. Posted by ellena (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


This has been bugging me and i know is probably a very silly question but....
I am going to oz in november for 6 months with a friend, and are curious to see what people do with their bits and pieces (money/keys etc) when they are attempting to surf and in the sea? Do they have lockers or anything like that? Didnt wanna look too geeky with those plastic dangly tubes you got when you were five around your neck!

Thanks for any advice you can give me!

2. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it! assuming since you got friends:), one of you takes it in turns having a dip in and out of the water while the other watches over the bags. but no watching over bags is going to keep your money safe from those hmmm what are those lizard type of animals with big teeth called....aaaa yes.......CROCODILES!

3. Posted by ellena (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

haha, love it. Yeah i had thought of that, but would be better if we could go go surfin n stuff together! Never mind, thanks v much anyway! :)

4. Posted by Fun Bobby (Budding Member 115 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'll be there at the same time so I'll hold on to them for you. You can trust me!!;)

5. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

actually, ill be there too. Fun Bobby and i can watch over the bags...we promise we wont rob you....i swear!!! ;)

6. Posted by Buckra (Budding Member 61 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Sounds like the Irish want to get into the act. Well as a third generation Dubliner born in Australia and well past anymore than admiring your good looks let me try and help.
If you are talking about the beaches then there are no lockers and really no where to put valuables. Realistically most people do not take too much in the way of valuables to the beach anyway but if you insist then wrap them in a towel without being seen and put them in a place one of you can see whilst in the water. Don't go out too far in case you need to get back quickly but I hasten to say that is highly unlikely. Beach thieves in Australia are very scarce. Do carry plenty of sunblock (high strength), sunglasses and something to put on your feet because the sand can get blisteringly hot on very hot days. Most beaches are well patrolled by our sun bronzed lifesavers and swimming areas are flagged i.e you swim in the area between the flags. This helps because you then do not have to worry about being caught in rips, undertows or worried about sharks (again extremely scarce). Crocodiles do not live in the sea off Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth but do they do in Darwin. If you get to Darwin do not swim in the sea is my advice but most places up there have pools. Sydney incidentally has the best beaches...Bondi of course being world famous. Have fun and I know with your attitude you will have the time of your life.

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I just took my money belt and stuff and put it in a hidden pocket inside my backpack which is under everything and then padlocked my backpack shut like I normally do but I only put a smallish padlock on to make it so I am just using commonsense precautions with my lugagge rather than hiding something very valueable. Most the time if you see a padlock which is really large, see a person with one of those backpack lock things that cover the whole backpack, well that is saying to a potential thief "please break in to me my owner is hiding a laptop, a expensive digital camera or something else of high value". Then for the key, I hid it in the room somewhere that no one would look, usually involved having to move a heavy object to place it underneath a little bit or totally unmake my bed to locate it, but it varied from room to room as every room is different. If the room had a key which I would need to get back in, I asked the receptionist if he/she could hold on to the key for me while I go to the beach. Of course that is no foolproof method, but without taking a slight educated gamble you wont be able to do it because even leaving it in a hotel safe if you could would be a gamble that the hotel would steal you money as would leaving you money in a locker as a thief could just use boltcutters and easily break in to the locker. Have a great trip.