Australians have responded with typical wry humour after an American “mom of a traveller” asked the nation to “take care” of her daughter during a 14-day trip Down Under.
The mother called on Australians to keep her adult daughter and boyfriend safe on their upcoming “trip of a lifetime” in a post on social media platform Reddit.
“Please keep them safe,” the mother, with the username MoonOra, wrote on Wednesday.
“As a dreamer, I cannot be happier for my daughter. As a mother I am afraid … Please return my daughter and her boyfriend safe.”
The social media post has received more than 700 responses, but few have been helpful.
“I will tell the other 24.13 million people to do just that,” one commenter said sarcastically.
“I will need a faxed photograph so I know who to be nice to,” another wrote.
One Reddit user referenced the automated text sent out by the ‘Yes’ camp for the same-sex marriage postal survey.
“Do NOT send an unsolicited SMS to people. We really lose our s––t over that.”
Another said: “She will be smashing tinnies [beer cans] and ripping up the surf before you know it.”
The young couple should visit a Bunnings Warehouse store on Saturday for an iconic sausage sandwich, one joked.
“Make sure they visit a popular lunch time restaurant called Bunnings and get an immaculate sausage sanga with sauce.”
One Reddit user cheekily suggested she watch a famous Australian horror film ahead of the trip.
“You should watch some movies based in Australia to really get in the mood! Wolf Creek is excellent.”
The joke wasn’t lost on MoonOra, who replied, “You are what I worry about.”
Playing on the stereotype of Australia’s dangerous outback, another Australian commented: “Don’t worry. Apart from spiders, snakes, drop bears, crocodiles, sharks, bunyips, jellyfish, dingos, stinging trees, thylacines and backpacker murderers, she’s got nothing to worry about.”
The “mom of a traveller” joined in on the joke: “Other than the drop bears, because our bears just chase you down… basically she will be in America. Thanks. I think.”
Some commenters gave the American woman some genuinely helpful tips – particularly when it comes to wearing sunscreen and avoiding rips at the beach.
“SWIM BETWEEN THE F––ING FLAGS,” one said.
In her original post, the mother said it was a “dream” to visit the “beautiful land” of Australia for the average, hardworking American.
“[It’s] a dream that most of us will never have the privilege of knowing,” she lamented.
“Australia is a favourite destination for many who will never see it. I am so excited for my daughter and her boyfriend. I am proud of their hard work and planning.”
The New Daily has contacted the mother for comment.