Things not to do in Australia
Ignore the signs. Australia is undoubtedly one of the world's most spectacular countries. However, if you're approaching from the point of view that you know best then you might be in for a wee bit of a bite. Stingers, rip tides, snakes and 'stay on the bloody footpath' are signs well worth paying attention to; they're put in place for a reason and ignoring them could well cut short your vacation or worse.
Begrudge the “schoolies”. Mid-November through to early December is schoolie season when year 12s hit the beach and let their hair down. After that it's the six week school vacations when families tend to also hit the beach and although they might not be letting their hair down they will be enjoying popular public areas much more than throughout the rest of the year. Don't expect to find uncrowded beaches, especially on the Gold Coast.
Forget your hat. Covering up, taking on lots of fluids and staying out of the midday sun is advice worth taking seriously if you're visiting Australia during their summer. The further north you venture, the hotter it will get and if you've got plans to go sailing in the Whitsundays or visit the Red Centre and Uluru, just don't leave home without sun block, wrap round shades and floppy hat, with or without corks.