Nope Tiny, you've got the very much Americanised version of Australia. I'll always remember with a grin, the time I was walking through a national park, and a koala was on a fairly low, young tree. An American couple were standing under the tree, with a video camera, shaking the branches saying 'this is a famous drop-bear, they are famous for dropping on unsuspecting people's heads'..... yeah.... it probably WILL drop because it's so **** dizzy from being shaken for the last 10mins!!!!!!!!
We've got a few snakes, spiders etc. around here yeah, but most you never see, they're really quite shy. Red back spiders you do need to watch out for, but they probably won't kill you unless you're ready to drop off your perch anyway. And the snakes tend to get out of there very quickly as soon as they feel you coming. Only time you'll get bitten is really if you step on top of one!!
Creepy little bugs to get around in your skin, privates, eyes etc. - that's Africa!!!
You're much more likely to get infected by something disgusting over there than in Australia - we're actually not a hick town with no sanitation :P