Make no mistake about it – there is so much more to Australia than just cuddly koalas and didgeridoos. The following images clearly show why half of Down Under is extremely dangerous and the other half is just unadulterated madness.
Kangaroos Invented Fight Club
There’s a good reason why the word Kangaroo literally means “large foot.” These iconic creatures of the Australian wildlife are naturals when it comes to fighting. When two male kangaroos battle for dominance, they not only punch with their feet, but they can balance on their tails while doing so.
The Humans Are Scary Too
Don’t be too surprised when we tell you that human behavior in Australia is just as fascinating as the vast array of wildlife in these parts. For example, when you put a man and an ostrich together in the same situation, they work in tandem in a way that just can’t be found anywhere else in the world. It is one of the rare places on the planet where humans casually ride birds that are bigger than themselves.
Lights, Koala, Action!
If you thought that Koalas simply enjoyed hanging on eucalyptus trees all day and cuddling everything they see, then think again. When a news team visited the Australian Reptile Park in New South Wales, one curious Koala decided to volunteer behind the scenes and was instantly fascinated by one of the crew’s cameras. She is by no means one of the most dangerous creatures on this list, but make no mistake about it, she caused also sorts of mayhem that day.
Not only are pigs stealing beer cans by the pack Down Under, in Australia, you have to keep your doors locked even during the day. This doesn’t just apply for human burglars, but also reptiles who will seize any opportunity just to explore your domain. Take this massive lace monitor goanna, for example, who has no problem gripping to the walls of this person’s house. If you have one window that is slightly ajar, you can rest assured that Sunday lunch is about to get very messy!
For those who work as general assistants in stores, maintaining the highest level of customer service can be demanding at times. Not a day goes by when you don’t have to help someone who, quite frankly, doesn’t deserve your help. However, Australian store workers often get the most unlikely of customers, and sometimes, they have no legs and are 10 feet long. Pythons certainly aren’t the easiest to deal with at the best of times, nevermind when they decide they want to do some shopping.
I Wallaby Like You!
Speaking of unlikely home intruders, you won’t believe the sort of mischief that Australian animals can cause if they get into your home. While there is no denying that baby wallabies are absolutely adorable to look at, a wild creature is going to cause havoc wherever they end up. One minute you’re going out to take out the trash. The next thing you know, there is a wild animal in the bathroom wasting all of your toilet paper!
Snakes On A Plane!
Ever seen the movie Snakes On A Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson? Well, it seems like this wasn’t just a wacky idea conjured up by a group of Hollywood executives looking for an easy buck at the box office. Snakes can actually get onto planes. This was proven not too long ago when a plane took off from Australia and was on its way to Papua New Guinea. The passengers couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw 3-meter long python hanging out on the wing.
As Greedy As A Pig
In Australia, it’s not just humans who you need to worry about stealing your stuff. In 2013, a feral pig snuck through a campsite, stole a staggering 18 beers, and consumed every single one of them in the process. That’s not all though. The drunk swine ended up getting into a fight with a cow. So if you are planning on going camping while Down Under, you might want to put a padlock on your beer cooler.
In Australia, Birds Kick People
We have already touched upon the working relationship between humans and ostriches, as well as the kicking abilities of kangaroos. However, there is a breed of bird in Australia that also has a very ferocious kick. The cassowary packs a real punch if you ever get in its crosshairs. They might be extremely shy, but cassowaries have been known to cause serious damage, even fatalities, to humans, dogs, and a variety of other creatures.
When you live in Australia, be prepared to come across a crocodile at least once in your life. For this unassuming neighborhood in Queensland, residents got the scare of a lifetime when a huge flood brought a massive, six-foot croc onto someone’s front lawn. While the damage caused by the flood was what made the headlines, it was the crocodile that was a testament to just how powerful the waters actually were. “Nobody wants to mess with a crocodile,” one resident said.
Out Of Bounds For A Reason
In most golf courses, there are “out of bounds” sections to maintain a steady run of play, as well as give golfers a bit of a challenge. However, no player in Australia wants to hit their ball out of bounds, and for a very good reason. The last thing this guy wants to do is fetch his ball from the jaws of a shark. In Australia, golf is a matter of life and death.
The Most Dangerous Creature In Australia
As we have said before: size doesn’t matter. This couldn’t be any truer as far as the Irukandji jellyfish is concerned. That’s right, the tiny little specimen inside this test tube is a jellyfish! Not only is it one of the smallest jellyfish in the world, it is considered by scientists to be the most dangerous creature in the whole of Australia. Smaller than a thumbnail, the Irukandji jellyfish releases a venom that is 100 times more powerful than a cobra’s and 1,000 times more powerful than a tarantula’s.
This Is A Jellyfish
Just a few years ago, a peculiar species was discovered on the shores of Hobart, Tasmania. The bizarre-looking thing was 1.5 meters in width and had never been seen before. However, scientist Lisa Gershwin eventually identified it as a jellyfish. “It is so big it took our breath away,” Gershwin said. “It’s a whopper of an animal but it’s not life-threatening, although it does sting.” Despite not posing any real threat, there is no denying how strange it looks.
Catch Me If You Can’t
As previously established, Australia isn’t just a country where animals pose a huge threat. So do humans. One person who was feared by many was Bushranger Moondyne Joe, who was one of the most notorious petty criminals during the 19th century. What separated him from other criminals was his grit and determination to escape prison on a number of occasions. In fact, the government built a cell just for him. After escaping so many times, the authorities eventually gave up trying to capture him.
Sign Of The Times
Generally speaking, signs are there either to warn or inform. They are normally in place to regulate traffic and mediate the relationship between drivers and pedestrians. Then there are signs at beaches that warn people not to do things such as going too deep into the water. However, things are a little different in Australia. Because jellyfish and other poisonous marine creatures are prevalent in these parts, it makes sense that signs would be put up for cautionary measures.
The Man Who Risked It All
One Aussie legend whose passion in life was to explore the wonderful wild of his country was Steve Irwin. Known for popularizing the term “Crikey,” the man also known as “The Crocodile Hunter” worked tirelessly to build a relationship with the many great species that inhabited Australia. However, his incredible journey into the wild eventually got the better of him. On September 4, 2006, Irwin was pierced in the heart by a stingray while filming a documentary.
Even if you’re not arachnophobic, there are no two ways about it: spiders are kind of creepy. Just one small eight-legged spidey can send the wrong person into a frenzy. So imagine how this poor soul felt who ended up taking this photo. One spider is an alarming prospect, to say the very least. So to see a mountain made out of webs and hundreds of spiders crawling on top of it is bound to send shivers down the spines of even the bravest folks out there.
Size Doesn’t Matter Down Under
Amazingly, there is only one species of octopus on the planet that can kill humans. And where exactly can you find the poisonous Blue-ringed octopus? That’s right folks – Australia. This octopus goes to show that size doesn’t correlate with how deadly a creature can be. Also, seeing that there is no antivenom available, we would highly recommend that you stay away from the Australian waters purely to avoid this little guy. Not to mention the hundreds of other poisonous marine creatures.
Nobody’s Safe, Not Even The Prime Minister
Whenever a figure of power dies in tragic circumstances, it shakes the nation to its very core. This is because it acts as a reminder that essentially, nobody’s safe. Back in 1967, Australia’s Prime Minister at the time, Harold Holt, was last seen swimming close to Cheviot Beach. His body was never retrieved and Holt was declared dead in absentia on December 17 of that year. Being a country so big and surrounded by a large, spanning ocean, Australia has been unforgiving to even the highest members of society.
If there’s one pastime that Australia is renowned for, it is surfing. Not only do many people flock to this part of the world to brave the Pacific waters, but many locals embrace the surfing lifestyle. However, surfing can be a dangerous activity simply due to its wild waves and tides. So when you throw a wave-riding crocodile into the mix, it might make sense to just kick back on the sand and do some sunbathing, all in one piece.
Big Birds Were Even Bigger
There was us thinking that ostriches were big birds by Australian standards. Compared to the Dromornithidae, which lived only 15,000 years ago, ostriches are more like little budgies. These colossal thunder birds, as they are also known, have two defining features. One is how tall they were and the second is their large crushing beaks. Standing at 9.8 ft tall, the thunder birds would have proven to be a real thorn in the sides of their human neighbors, until they eventually became extinct.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
Australia is not only home to some of the most elaborate looking creatures in the world, it also has many dangerous creatures who can hide in plain sight. Take the Stonefish, for example, which is able to camouflage itself and look like a classic piece of rock or coral. It’s amazing to think that something that looks so rock-like could be so venomous. In fact, the stonefish is one of the most poisonous fish on the planet.
Have you seen the movie Ant-Man & The Wasp? If you haven’t and don’t want it to be spoiled, click to the next page. So basically, one of the characters has the technology to make ants as big or small as he wants. In Australia though, that technology appears to not even be necessary. While these monstrous looking bugs are known by the locals as “tree lobsters,” they are more reminiscent of ants and seem to be large-sized, distant cousins of them. Amazingly, each one is the size of a human hand.
Even The Trees Are Dangerous
It’s not just poisonous bugs and wild animals that you need to watch out for in Australia. Some of the trees are also dangerous to get close to. Take this “stinging tree,” for example, which is located in a rainforest in Far North Queensland. According to one reporter, one neurotoxic sting from this tree feels “like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time.” It is also believed that the pain caused by this tree’s sting can take months to shake off.
Remember what we said about those dangerous creatures who hide in plain sight? Well, have you ever heard of the term, “exhibit A?” In certain parts of Australia, pythons don’t only blend into their surroundings, they are also incredibly long. So long, in fact, that they can hang their head from dizzy heights, attack a wallaby from below and lift the entire body with pure strength. Basically, if you’re ever hiking Down Under, make sure to watch your back, front, and sides.
Whirlwinds Are Bigger Than Australia
When you take into consideration just how big Australia is, this speaks volumes of how large the whirlwinds can be in this part of the world. It is believed that weathermen Down Under have named cyclones after political figures and people in power that they didn’t particularly like. They would characterize them, claiming that they “[cause] great distress” or “[wander] aimlessly about the Pacific.” More often than not though, the cyclones have done a lot more damage than the politicians.
The Owls Are Not What They Seem
In many cultures, owls are considered as symbols of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. There is one particular breed of owl in Australia that you could say has all those characteristics, and then some. The powerful owl is a large bird that not only has a commanding presence, it is a skilled predator. It is such a ferocious owl that it is able to hunt possums (which are by no means small creatures) and eat them fairly quickly.
We apologize for what we are presenting you right now, but we are true to our word: all of these photos show things in Australia that are either scary, dangerous, strange, or all three combined. The Sydney Funnel-web is just one of many venomous spiders that are prevalent throughout Australia. With a bite that is capable of injuring and even killing humans, they are considered a serious threat. However, it should be noted that there haven’t been any reported deaths caused by spider bites for nearly 40 years.
Closer To Space Than The Nearest City
When you live in a country like Australia that is just so big, it is obvious that some places are going to be very tricky to get to. In fact, there is one location in the western part of the country where space is nearer than the closest town. In fact, space is five times closer than Warburton. Carnegie Station is right in the middle of nowhere and its closest city, Perth, is a staggering 820 miles away.
That’s A LOT Of Rabbits
We are always discussing the issues of overpopulation and what we can do to alleviate such issues. As of May 2018, there were approximately 7.6 billion people in the world. However, there is a part of Australia where the rabbits completely smash human records. In 1859, 24 rabbits were released in Victoria. 70 years later, those rabbits grew to a population of 10 billion! That means that there were more rabbits in Australia than the current number of humans on the entire planet.