safety ...

Subject: safety ...
From: Paul Coopmans <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jun 2003 11:57:28 -0500
Hi all,

I found this piece of advice quite useful and I thought it might be of
interest to some other travelers as well, hence I'm posting it here. If
anyone has any bits of specific advice about areas in northern Queensland
regarding safety (we'll be traveling with a campervan) they'd be wellcome
(though I realize Australia is a hundred times safer than the country I
live in ...).

Cheers, Paul

>Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2003 19:12:52 +1000
>From: John Barkla <>
>Subject: RE: Artemis station
>To: "'Paul Coopmans'" <>
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>You must be extremely careful leaving your vehicle anywhere around
>Darwin, but some of the best birding spots are the worst (Fogg Dam,
>Buffalo Creek etc).  I ALWAYS have someone stay with the vehicle when we
>go for a walk.  A friend, who is fully aware of the risks but travels
>alone, had his vehicle broken into a couple of months ago. The policeman
>he reported it to said that ALMOST EVERY VEHICLE with interstate
>registration plates, that is left unattended, is broken into. The police
>know who is doing it, but when they send police out to patrol the car
>parks etc, the stealing stops. It starts again within minutes of them
>leaving.  My friend left his car for no more than 5 minutes and was
>broken into.  He saw the people concerned when he returned, but they
>just walked off as he approached.  The policeman told him where to look
>to find back packs and things that might have been discarded after the
>contents were taken.
>There is no camping allowed at Barrumundie Creek, but there are sites
>nearby (1/2 hour drive).  Unlike Darwin, camping is generally safe in

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