Australia is a great place for a party. Sure, we’ve got beautiful beaches, vast deserts, lush rainforests and rolling hills, but there’s something about the population that just invites letting your hair down and having a good time. If you’re booking your Australian holiday you’re probably knee deep in researching Whitsunday tours, Port Macquarie accommodation, Melbourne events and internal flights to Uluru. However, bear in mind that if you’re a backpacker on their way down under, a lot of how you’ll spent your time will include partying it up and meeting new people. While Australia is a safe country with an exceptionally high quality of living, there are a few precautions you should take in order to make sure your gold cost travels are happy and safe—and fun!
Obviously, for many a young person, alcohol will play a big part in their travels as they party their way around Australia. There’s nothing wrong with having a good time, but it is important to understand how to drink responsibly and how to protect yourself from the risks that alcohol carries with it. Australia’s hot climate can lead people to misjudge the amount of water they need and, combined with alcohol, this can lead quickly to dehydration. As fun as an afternoon of beers on the beach may sound, remember to hydrate people!
Alcohol and drugs create an atmosphere of volatility, and while Australia has a strong law enforcement presence in all major cities, fights are a risk. The best way to avoid getting involved in violence is to stay away from situations that look as though they could get nasty, and try not to draw attention to yourself in a negative way. Bar fights are often fueled by a mob mentality, so if you see one start, get out of the way and let the bouncers take control, otherwise you may find yourself in a nasty situation.
Another risk in some nightclubs around Australia is drink spiking and date rape. Police make every effort to prevent this from happening but it is still something that women—especially tourists—need to be aware of. Never leave your drink unattended and always try to go out with friends who can look out for you. Don’t accept a drink that you haven’t seen poured, or is from anyone other than a close friend. If you start to feel as though you’re not in control of your actions or like you’re under the influence, find someone to help you. This bit of advice is not intended to scare you—drink spiking is not an overly common occurrence, but it is always better to be aware of the risks.Whether you’re partying the night away in a Sydney bar or drinking with some new friends in a country pub, staying safe and happy should be your priority. In any unfamiliar territory humans are more vulnerable, so taking the necessary precautions to ensure you party safe will help make sure that your dream trip doesn’t become a nightmare.