If you're into dangerous animals, Australia is the place to come.
We've got the most of them… and the best! From sharks and crocodiles, brown snakes, death adders, taipans to dugites, and diamond pythons. But wait, there's more. Redback and funnel-web spiders, dingoes, stone fish, blue ringed octopus, and box jellyfish. And that's not close to the complete list.
Of particular note are the dangerous birds. Australia magpies can give you a good pecking when they're in a bad mood and regularly attack cyclists at the club, sometimes drawing blood. Wearing sunglasses and a good helmet is recommended.
Australian cicadas are as big as a small aircraft and can generate sound pressure levels which can cause permanent hearing damage. Fortunately they're not much of a problem at the club.
Australia's reputation for deadly animals is so good that we've had pilots from Europe at Lake Keepit who outlanded and were too afraid to leave the cockpit. Unfortunately, the truth is more prosaic.
The fact is that you are far more likely to die after falling out of bed than from all these animals put together. The most dangerous animals in Australia are in fact cows and horses involved in farm and road accidents.
The lake at Lake Keepit is mainly formed by the dam and while it's not a good idea to land in the lake, it's not sharks, stone fish and crocodiles you need to fear. There are sharks in the sea and crocs in the rivers hundreds of kilometres to the north of Keepit but the chance of meeting one is very small indeed… about 30 times less than the chance of drowning while swimming.
There are probably snakes around in the bush though very few of us have seen one. Snakes are more frightened of you than you are of them and if you make a noise walking, then they'll slide away.
There are a few spiders around, especially in the hangar doors so it's not a bad idea to get into the habit of looking at the dark side of a hangar door before you put your fingers in there. Under the dunny lid used to be a favourite spot for spiders in the bush but with the new luxury toilets all over the place at Keepit, the bush is hardly the bush any more.
What you do need to keep an eye on is roos on the road. Kangaroos are meant to come out at night and in the bush they're a menace on the road at night.The area around Lake Keepit is not too bad for roos and in 99% of cases the roo will come off worst but there are places where locals just don't drive at night.