Australian Roadsigns: A Collection

At the end of last week’s article about Brisbane’s record hot summer, I said I would let you know how I got on with the sale of my house.

house for saleYes, well spotted, that’s not my house, this is…

Let’s recap on my Moving House in Australia story, and then bring it right up to date.

  • On Saturday, 19 November, after much haggling, we agreed a price on a house we wanted to buy
  • On Monday the 21st, after returning from our Weekend on the Gold Coast, we signed a 90 day settlement contract, so our moving in day for the new house was 20 February 2017
  • We still owned our old house, we hadn’t even put it on the market to sell it at that stage, in fact we needed to do some decorating before that could happen
  • Decorating was completed early December and we had our first ‘open day’ on Saturday, 7 December.
  • Nothing much happened throughout the quiet Christmas and New Year period, but things perked up in January and combined with a reduction in price, more interest was being shown
  • On Saturday, 28 January, four groups of potential buyers viewed the property, and on the Monday we received our first offer.
  • After some more haggling, and 52 days after going to market, we sold our house with a 30 day settlement contract that same day, Monday, 30 January.
  • On 1 March, just nine days after moving into our new home, we collected the money for the sale of our old house. So it is no longer ‘is my house’ as mentioned earlier, it is now ‘was my house’.

So the scary bridging loan I mentioned in one of the previous articles lasted less than two weeks. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together like that?

anz winter 16There is far more to this story of buying and selling a house in Australia, so much so that I have already written a couple of articles about it for Australia and New Zealand magazine, and I plan to do a third next week. All three articles will be reprinted here very soon.

For now though, here’s a magazine article that appeared in their Winter edition, I called it Road trips, they didn’t.

Wild encounters

Wild EncountersWe’ve probably all seen those roadside signs warning us to beware of kangaroos running across the road. It’s diamond-shaped, has a yellow background and a picture of a kangaroo skipping, as they do.

kangarooHitting a kangaroo on the road is quite rare, but it does happen from time to time. When it does, and it’s normally around either dawn or dusk, it can cause a serious amount of damage to your car. It doesn’t do the kangaroo much good either.

On a recent Queensland road trip I saw lots of these kinds of signs, and it’s not just kangaroos that we have to look out for. Australia’s rural roads may often be straight with no other cars in sight, but that doesn’t mean you can relax. It seems we have an enviable selection of beasts that can suddenly appear in front of your car at any given moment.

I found this hugely entertaining as I headed north along the Bruce Highway. Whenever I saw one of those diamond-shaped yellow signs in the distance, I would wonder what kind of animal I might encounter next. It was like driving through an Aussie safari park.

We have more kangaroos living in Australia than humans, so it was no surprise to find it was the most common animal warning sign. Even so, no kangaroos crossed my path during the 5000 km trip. I saw plenty of warning signs for koalas as well, as you would expect, but none were seen let alone harmed during my journey.

I was also warned about wombats, deer, emus and cassowaries.


CassowaryNo sightings of any of those either, whether in the road or not.

I have seen signs close to where I live warning me to beware of equestrians; it’s a picture of a horse with a rider on it. On this road trip though, I saw pictures of horses that were riderless.

horseYes, we have to look out for wild horses as well. We call them brumbies and we have at least 400,000 of them here in Australia. As you would expect though, I didn’t see a sign asking me to beware of camels. After all, that would be ridiculous, wouldn’t it? Not really, Australia has around 1 million wild camels, but they hang out in the outback in central Australia.

Wild Camels in Central AustraliaHeading for the beaches just isn’t their thing. Well, maybe.

CamelsBy now you are probably thinking this is a pretty poor safari park by anybody’s standards, but I can tell you I did see two animals crossing the road. What’s really interesting is I didn’t see a single sign anywhere along my journey warning me about the first.

As I drove around some country roads just north of Port Douglas, a squealing pig ran across the road. This animal probably should have signs; we apparently have over 23 million feral pigs roaming around Australia.

The second animal was a rather large cow who was taking no chances; she was crossing the road right underneath her very own cattle warning sign. She even posed for a picture.

cowMy favourite warning sign though doesn’t feature an animal at all. It’s the one with a picture of large boulders falling down the side of a steep hill. Thanks for the heads up, but I’m not sure how much it helps.


That’s the end of the article, but now I need to apologise to Daisy…

cowI now know you are not really a cow, you are a bull. James told me in the comments on my page Townsville Heading Towards Cardwell. No wonder you gave me such a strange look. Sorry geezer, I live in the city, what can I say?

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  • James Serger July 25, 2019, 1:33 am |

    Aw Bob you never fail to entertain me – cheers for that!

    My favorite roadsign is definitely the RABBIT KEEPING PENALTY $63,000 one in Queensland.
    Ridiculous 😀

    • BobinOz July 26, 2019, 7:57 pm |

      That’s good to hear James, I’m always happy if I’ve entertained.

      As for that fine, crikey, it’s gone up since I last drove past the rabbit sign entering Queensland from NSW. Check out the last picture on this post…

      The increase is a fair bit higher than inflation, I’m sure there’s lots of people who would like that kind of rise in their salary.

  • Leanne March 21, 2017, 2:47 am |

    Hi Bob,

    May I first thank you for your invaluable website/blog. I have found a wealth of unbiased information of which I have failed to find elsewhere.

    Ive searched your website but cannot find anything on towing laws in Oz… As you know in the Uk there are additional licences for everything. Just wondered if this was the case in Oz?

    We are looking to move within the next 12-18 months and just at the very start of the application process and just trying to gather as much info as poss.

    Many thanks in advance.


    • Mark March 21, 2017, 6:42 am |

      Just when you think all the questions have been answered somewhere, up pops a curved ball, up pops an odd question 🙂 Just ignore me its only my sense of humor.
      OK there will be good reason you ask I know. I assume your thinking of a caravan or the like. Your specific answer has some state quirks to towing but I am not sure where Bob lives but cant imagine its much different, as down here in Melbourne it can be pretty hard to find a vehicle without a tow bar fitted. Yes we tow caravans trailers boats and baked potato ovens. In fact I have travelled extensively and lived in 4 different countries across three continents and never have I seen anywhere so many trailers on the roads. If your specific about towing licences after I think it was 1997 in UK that is out the window here… this is from a AA RAC equivalent Hope I have covered your answer but if its more specific just ask, happy to help

      • Leanne Whetton March 21, 2017, 6:30 pm |

        Cheers Mark,
        Much appreciated, I agree a pretty odd question. I just couldn’t find a clear answer anywhere. As you say here in the Uk if you gain your licence after 1997 you have to obtain an additional licence if you want to tow anything with a bit of weight. There are quite a few reasons for towing, we have a caravan here and may consider one in Oz, also a boat is very appealing but mainly myself and my husband enjoy motorsport including track days and motorcross.

        Many thanks for your quick response.

        • Mark March 21, 2017, 7:13 pm |

          We tries to help But taking this a stage further and you may get a shock here bring the caravan with you…yes you read that right…Well ok it wont apply in every case but if you want my email just ask Bob. or send one on here a unused one. We brought two cars and the caravan with us. I say it wont apply in all cases but if yours is a decent model of unit and not say a 1997 bucaneer pilot (just made that up) It will be worth a lot more here than UK The point being if its only worth say £1500 doubled here it wont pay the shipping cost however say something at £8000 on a bad day and £11000 on a forecourt UK will likely be worth some 30 to 35 k $ here. Its a movable feast….That s why your limited to bringing one trailer every three years people import them for making a living, though the dealers try to put you off…If its anything remotely above 3000 GBP get in touch and I can point you to who best to use etc and how to get it shipped. It can go in the same container as your furniture, the container costs more but not double and you get to bring all the leisure related items in the caravan.

          • Leanne March 22, 2017, 9:46 pm |

            Well I must say that this is something that neither me or my husband had even considered. We have a Bailey Unicorn (current value around £15k). We were planning on bringing very little with us apart from my husbands very large Snap-on tool box and tools, which are worth a small fortune on their own. But this has given us food for thought and definitely something to look into, we had never thought of shipping it due to the costs involved.

            I shall get your email from Bob and pluck your brain for some more info on the subject if thats ok with you.


            • Mark March 22, 2017, 11:07 pm |

              That caravan would cost you around 50 to 60K dollars here on a good day…maybe 40 on a bad one…with the current exchange rate 1.62 thats a chunk of money whatever the value … There is many a shipper dont understand or its too much hassle for them though. You’d need to check the sizing that it will fit and its likely the aerial has to come off and the heater vent, both easy jobs. There is no duty to pay as such. I sent ours with a company with all our goods, same container. But in the caravan was allowed a Cadac bbq, camping chairs, awning, cutlery, plates, children’s beach toys, dinghy, coolbox, the list went on and on. Id say around 3K GBP of kit that would be expensive to replace here. Even the camping TV (well thats what we called it) which so many said would not even work here. It does with a trick as did our expensive Sony house TV …Out of all the removal companies only one told of us this trick with that, the same one that didnt baulk at at the caravan. They said take our 7 piece suite, take the dining suite (heck we bought that of David and Victoria, yes the David and Victoria) He just kept going till he filled the container… You dont bring the fridge, the lawnmower or anything mucky like that. Though I had an expensive Dewalt bevel mitre saw I regret selling and not bringing as I didn’t think I could get the sawdust off it. I can talk you through it. Bob has a post on…. Bringing furniture as he brought lots. if you have children it helps them as well, they see the familiar stuff.

  • Kylle March 11, 2017, 3:25 am |

    Thanks so much Bob! 🙂
    Yes, I’m pretty sure this thank you note may be the last you hear from me until after April 15th 😉 But I will definitely be checking in and updating again once we’ve settled in to some kind of a quasi-routine in Sydney 😉

  • Kylle March 10, 2017, 9:11 am |

    Congrats on selling your place, Bob!!! All the feels combine when it comes to opening up your house in the hopes that someone loves it enough to buy it from you, don’t they! If you remember, my family and I are the ones that are ALMOST on our way to Oz and who have been following your site for a while now 😉 Our update is, although we’re still waiting for my hubby’s visa to come through, I now have my US citizenship which now allows me to leave and return to live/work in the US if we ever wished to, in the far distant future! Our dog has begun her time-sensitive quarantine stuff and is scheduled to leave LA on April 10. We put our house on the market and had our first open house on Feb 19th – 60 people apparently walked through that day, and with multiple offers, we finally settled above asking ONE WEEK later! We were thrown into chaos as we had expected at least 30 days minimum. This meant our potential departure date in early May had to be moved up a month and we recently booked our one-ways to Sydney for April 13! SO, we will be arriving at my parent’s house on April 15 and the start of our new lives and a new adventure! The next 5 weeks will be a blur 😉 But I will keep you posted!
    And congrats again to you and yours and I hope you’re getting nice and settled in to your new home 🙂
    Much love,

    • BobinOz March 10, 2017, 9:03 pm |

      Thanks Kylle, we are very relieved that we sold our house and very happy with how it all turned out.

      60 people on your first open house? That’s incredible! The most we had were four groups of people, and just one entering negotiations, but that’s all we needed which is great.

      Your house our has clearly gone through much quicker than ours, which is great, chaos aside. Well, I say chaos aside, but you cannot put it aside and you will be having a very hectic month ahead.

      Hopefully it will be worth it 🙂

      Yes, keep us posted, only if you can though. From what I’ve just been through over the last month myself, I’ll be surprised if you find the time. Hope it goes well though, and speak later, Bob

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