Australia is well known for its unique fauna, and the good news is, you can get into close contact with pretty much all the creatures you normally only see in TV. Thus you can hug a koala, feed a kangaroo, wrestle with a Tasmanian devil, eat some green ants, tickle some jelly fish, surf with a shark, etc. I will never forget our first in-nature kangaroo sighting: we were driving on some abandoned road, and all of a sudden we had an adult kangaroo jumping up and down just a few meters from our car, following us for at least 50 meters.
The downside of all the abundance of wildlife is, that it brings you some limitations. So first you think you will have a nice swim in the ocean. It depends on the season, but February in Queensland is a no-no.
Then you think, ok, you will head to some lakes to cool down. Think twice.
Dammit, lets go to the river then!
Stinging tree? You’re kidding me?
In fact most seaside cities in the north-east have a kind of community open-air swimming pool, that is called lagoon, and during the stinger season, locals enjoy the sun and water in these facilities.