The perils littering the Australian coastal fringe are legendary - braving the threat of crocodiles, sharks, marine stingers, stonefish, blue-ringed octopi, sea snakes or stingrays in our waterways isn't for the fainthearted!
Even the rainforest or coastal scrub can be risky – stinging trees, death adders, king browns and other more deadly snakes, spiders, various stinging ants, mosquitoes, scorpions or leeches.
So what's a traveller to do**?
Head outback, of course! Fewer hazards there, right? RIGHT???
Well … maybe.
Happily, we had no need to test the protective qualities of our Mazda Capella after spotting this sign en route to Cooktown (on Cape York) in the mid 1990's when this photo was taken. Maybe size really DOES matter?!?!
The ensuing years have softened the graphic impact somewhat. In 2010, the bulls on the signs sported top-hats courtesy of outback graffiti artists!! Sadly, no photographic evidence exists - deep gutters and no verges mean pulling over for a photo in tourist season traffic is riskier than facing what's on the sign!
But at least you can see it coming …
* (from title) Bull DUST, of course! What did you think I meant??
** Don't be alarmed. Millions of OZ dwellers AND tourists have survived all these hazards - and more!