AUSTRALIA

Entry Requirements: A valid passport is required with at least 6 months before expiry.  Australia requires a visa from visitors of every country except New Zealand.

Customs: To find out what you may bring in or take out, visit this website: www.customs.gov.au

Emergency Contact: Australian Ambulance, Fire or Police (Available 24 hours) Telephone: 000

LOCAL

Clock: Wonga Beach in Tropical North Queensland operates on Eastern Standard Time (EST). Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland. UTC/GMT + 10 hours

After Hours Medical: Nearest to you is Mossman Multi-Purpose Health Service, a public hospital having reciprocal health care agreement with a number of overseas countries. If you are an international visitor, you must identify yourself using a passport when seeking subsidised health services as a public patient. Their location is well sign-posted as you enter Johnston Road.  Address: 9 Hospital Street, Mossman Queensland 4873.  Telephone: 07-4084-1200. We advise that you obtain medical insurance before travelling.

Vehicle Roadside Assistance: Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Ltd (RACQ) Roadside Assistance Telephone: 131111 Website: https://www.racq.com.au/roadside-assistance

Driving distances from Wonga Beach to nearby areas of interest:

Daintree River/Village - 11 kms - river cruises, hiking, wildlife sighting, fishing, birding, timber museum, art gallery, cafes

Upper Daintree - 20 kms - waterfalls, creek swimming, hiking, birding

Cape Kimberley - 22 kms - beach, kayaking

Cow Bay - 24 kms - interpretive centre, boardwalks, wildlife sighting, hiking, beach, kayaking

Cape Tribulation - 48 kms - inner Great Barrier reef visits, rainforest trekking, wildlife sighting, insect museum, bat research, waterfalls, creek swimming, mountain climbing, jungle surfing, beach, kayaking, horse-riding, cafes, exotic fruit farm

Bloomfield - 86 kms - 4WD, waterfall, aboriginal art & culture

Whyanbeel - 12 kms - waterfalls, creek swimming, hiking, mountain climbing, birding, cane farm tours, exotic fruit restaurant

Newell - 14 kms - golf, exotic fruit farm

Mossman - 17 kms - growers' market, art galleries, organic food stores, restaurants, pubs and cafes

Mossman Gorge/River - 21 kms - rainforest trekking, birding, gorge/river swimming, river sports, aboriginal art & culture

Shannonvale - 20 kms - tropical fruit winery

Cooya Beach - 22 kms - aboriginal beach food gathering practices

Port Douglas - 35 kms - mid-section and outer Great Barrier reef visits, beach, restaurants, pubs and cafes, shops, market

Julatten - 43 kms - safari birding, shop, tavern

Mt Molloy - 51 kms - safari birding, rustic pub

Mt Lewis National Park - cool rainforest mountain treks, safari birding, rare wildlife sighting, creeks

Mareeba Wetlands - 88 kms - birding, wildlife sighting, canoeing, walks, creek swimming, winery

Mareeba - 93 kms - coffee museum/connoisseur visit, winery, coffee plantations, waterfalls

Atherton Tablelands - 140 kms - national parks, lakes, waterfall circuit, birding, wildlife sighting, creek swimming, water sports, dairy & organic produce

Wildlife Rescue: FNQ Wildlife Rescue is manned by volunteers 24/7. If you find an injured wild animal, call them on 07-4053-4467. You may find out more about what to do at: http://www.fnqwildliferescue.org.au/emergencycare.html

Crocodiles: The Saltwater Crocodile is the largest reptile in the world and a major tourist attraction here. Mangroves with a river flowing to the sea are favourite crocodile territory, from Derby in the West to Rockhampton in the East. Therefore, do not swim in rivers and creeks near the ocean. The "Saltie"is an apex predator with the strongest bite force of any animal (3,700 lbs per sq inch). It has excellent eyesight especially at night and is very accurate in judging its prey before attacking with explosive lunge speed. Observe all crocodile warning signs. Breeding season: September to April. Best viewed from river cruises.  Crocodiles are rare in the Great Barrier Reef although some reef areas may be closer to crocodile habitat than others.

Jellyfish: There are two types to note - Box Jellyfish (transparent 3 metres) found in shallow, murky seawater between November and May and Irukanji  (half finger nail jelly button) near the shore but dependent on conditions. Stinging can be fatal. Wearing a stinger suit may protect against their sting.    http://www.stingersuits.com/about.php

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