Planning on wearing hot pink hot pants on your backpacking trip to Australia? Think again. Take note of these 19 weird Australian laws that, rumour has it, still exist today in some states - although the likelihood of you being arrested for breaking any of them is very unlikely!

Weird Australian Laws

1. It is illegal to wear hot pink hot pants after midday on a Sunday

2. It's an offence to possess 50kgs of potatoes in Western Australia

3. Taxi cabs in Queensland are required to carry a bale of hay in the trunk

4. Bars are required to stable, water and feed the horses of their patrons

5. You must have a neck to knee swimsuit in order to swim at Brighton Beach (Melbourne)

6. The Summary Offences Act of 1966 deems it illegal to be heard by someone singing an obscene song. Does that include Taylor Swift? Oops...

7. It is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face as these items are the tools of a cat burglar

8. It is illegal to dress up as Robin and Batman

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It is illegal to dress up as Robin and Batman

By Terry Robinson (Batman and Robin) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

9. Only licensed electricians may change a light bulb

10. It is illegal to be drunk in a pub

11. It is illegal to read someone's tarot or give them a psychic reading as these are forms of witchcraft

12. Having an article of disguise without a lawful excuse is illegal

13. In the Gold Coast, it is illegal for women to wear a bikini whose material exceeds six square inches. Good bye brazilian bikini bottoms!

14. It is illegal to leave your car keys inside an unattended vehicle

15. If advertising a lost or stolen item, you must include the caption "no questions will be asked." So does that mean that theives can get away with stolen goods?

handcuffs - strange australian laws
Strange Australian Laws - can you be arrested for it?

Handcuffs Image: By Bahnfrend (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

16. Life sentences cannot exceed 25 years. Are we really that laid back?

17. If a urinal is not readily available, it is legal to urinate on the rear left tyre of your vehicle

18. In Melbourne, it is against the law to vacuum between 10pm and 7am during weekdays, and 10pm and 9am during weekends. Yep. We like our sleep.

19. Children aren't allowed to purchase cigarettes, but there is no law specifically stating that they cannot smoke them

So are these weird Australian Laws true? Sadly not all of them are, but you'll find them listed on numerous websites. Even loads of 'reputable' news websites list them. Have you come across any other strange Australian Laws that may or may not be true? Let us know the most bizarre Australian Laws you've heard of!

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