‘Relentless’: Expat’s hilarious outback TikTok

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A British expat has shared a hilarious clip about the reality of working in the outback, joking that if she knew this about Australia, she wouldn’t have come.

Most foreigners are told about snakes, spiders and crocodiles when they move to Down Under.

But one woman wished someone had warned her about the excessive number of flies in a TikTok that’s since amassed 1.4 million views in just two days.

One thing nobody talks about working in Australia

The woman, who goes by the handle ‘Faye’, is currently on a working visa in Western Australia and had filmed herself at Karijini National Park, a vast wilderness area in the Hamersley Range, as hundreds of flies circled her head.

“So everyone says ‘do a working holiday visa, go and travel there, it’s the best thing you’ll ever do’,” she said in the TikTok.

“When I said I was going to do it, everyone was like, ‘oh, you know, be careful of the spiders, the snakes, the crocodiles, the sharks, oh the kangaroos, they’ll be nice, the koalas, isn’t that cute’.

“Do you know what nobody f*****g talks about? The f*****g flies.”

Faye said had she been told about the pesky insects she probably wouldn’t have come.

“Nobody warned me about this, did they?”

She described the Karijini National Park as one of the most beautiful places in Australia – but couldn’t quite get to grips with the flies.

“But this (flies) is a reality,” she joked.

Faye told viewers she had to wear a net over her hat because the flies just won’t stop.

“These flies are relentless, they’re not like English flies. I’ve said that before and I’m saying it again, they f*****g won’t give you a break and this is a reality.

“Think about that before you come to Australia, guys. Anyway, I’m having a great time.”

Faye’s hilarious clip has been inundated with thousands of comments from Aussies agreeing that flies in rural parts of Australia are “horrendous”.

“I’m working right next door to Karajini and yes the flies are crazy at the moment. They do disappear when the sun goes down,” one person wrote.

“Yeah but what I wanna know is where do they go at night ahaha,” she responded to which the TikToker said: “That is one of life’s greatest questions.”

Another Aussie wrote: “It’s only really bad in the outback”, while another told her “it’s not like that everywhere in Australia”.

“I would go mad. the flies would drive me mad,” wrote another.

One local from WA said: “Lived here all my life and will never get use to the flies.”

Faye’s clip comes as travellers and locals in WA shared wild footage in October of the severity of flies in the state.

In one video, a pair can be seen lounging on a picturesque Coral Bay beach while swarmed by an army of flies.

“We heard the flies were bad in Western Australia, but this is next level,” the Brisbane couple declared.

University of Western Australia Professor in Biological Science, Theo Evans, explained Australia is home to many fly species, with only a select few causing trouble for humans, pets, and livestock.

Among these, the Australian bushfly, suspected to be responsible for causing the viral chaos, is perhaps the most infamous.

The life cycle of these bushflies is intricately linked to temperature.

“Bushflies do not survive below around 15 degrees,” he told news.com.au.

“So they die off in the colder, southern regions of the country during winter. They survive winter – and year-round – in the warmer, northern regions of the country (during the ‘dry’ season).”

The problem, according to Prof Evans, is compounded by the bushfly’s preferred breeding grounds – moist dung.

“During spring and early summer bushflies may accumulate into large populations by the coast,” Prof Evans explained.

“In WA, this is driven by easterly winds, which blow the bushflies to the coast – similar pattern in the eastern states, but westerly winds.

“The bushflies avoid flying out over the ocean, so they hug the land.

“And there is little freshwater, so they target humans – eyes, noses and mouths, for the moisture in tears, mucus and saliva.”

– with Jack Evans