I echo Bren's words on the Drop Bear. A grossly underestimated threat and rarely seen (therefore rarely filmed) creature. Usually harmless if a good supply of Bundy Rum is around. Harder to get footage of than the platypus, which is dangerous enough in itself. Read about it here - and note it is second after the Hippo - itself responsible for more African tourist deaths than all of the wild cats combined
You see - the truth of the matter is that the deadly animals in Australia only target tourists. Think about it - how often does a Barcelona native get pickpocketed? How often does a Thai man get propositioned by deadly, disease carrying hookers in Bangkok? We live here and they know we are not easy targets so they avoid us, because they know if we get attacked, the police get called and your nasty spider/snake/croc is hauled off to spend the night in the slammer. Tourists are deathly afraid of them and animals can sense that fear.
Best thing to do is start working on your accent.
All jokes aside, animal attacks are super-rare in Australia and you are probably more likely to crash your car freaking out at a Huntsman spider sunning across your windscreen en route to the beach than getting bitten by a spider in a lifetime living in Oz (or getting bitten by a shark once you get to the beach, for that matter).
By the way - realistically, stay out of canals. Bull sharks are no joke, they do mess people up for fun. There was one cruising around many years ago when I dived the Yongala shipwreck and I was so nervous the whole time we were underwater. Crocs are a relic of the Jurassic era and have only survived by being so good at not being seen - so don't think you'll see them - if there's a warning sign at a waterhole, don't try your luck and stay at least a few metres from the water's edge. Finally, if you do come down here - and you come across a cassowary in the wild - do not treat it like a child seeing Big Bird on the set of Sesame Street, they are unbelievably fast runners, very aggressive when threatened and it will gut you with its feet pretty quickly.
Hope you have a good trip!
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