How Safe Is Australia for Travel?

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The famous “land down under”, Australia, is known for its natural wonders, wide-open spaces (filled with new, sometimes scary species of insects), its beaches and deserts, and its size.

Australia is the 6th largest country in the world and its characteristics are unseen anywhere else in the world is what makes it such an appealing destination for tourists.

Namely, Australia is extremely popular among tourists: in 2015, over 7.5 million people visited the country.

Of course, everyone knows, it’s not all about the natural wonders, species, spaces, deserts, and beaches in Australia.

No, it is actually one of the world’s most highly urbanized countries, and popular for its contemporary establishments and attractions in its main cities: Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.

Given that it is so developed and so stable, it’s no wonder that it is completely safe for tourists to travel to.

Warnings & Dangers in Australia

Overall Risk


Australia is, generally, very safe to travel to. Apart from some natural threats to watch out for, you should have no worries about your safety. Crime rates are low and few precaution rules should go a long way.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transportation in Australia is generally very safe and reliable, but driving can be complicated because of wild animals jumping in the middle of open roads and drunk drivers.

Pickpockets Risk


There is almost no pickpocketing in Australia, but you should still remain vigilant in big cities such as Sydney or Melbourne.

Natural Disasters Risk


Natural threats are probably the only risks for you in Australia. There is a variety of threats, from dangerous animal species, to dangerous waters and currents, UV exposure and riptides. Follow the signs at beaches, roads or any other natural spaces and the advice of authorities.

Mugging Risk


Mugging and kidnapping is also a very rare occurrence in Australia, so it shouldn't be on your list of worries. Still, avoid poorly lit and deserted streets and areas and if you find yourself in such a situation, hand over your belongings immediately and do not resist.

Terrorism Risk


Although there haven't been any terrorist attacks in Australia's recent history, they shouldn't be ruled out so remain aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


Even though Australia is not known for scams, in tourist destinations you should always be cautious when receiving change, negotiating rides or any kinds of services, and also never pay for anything upfront.

Women Travelers Risk


Australia is very safe for women traveling solo, and women usually travel here with no problems whatsoever. Just apply few basic precaution rules and use your common sense and your trip should go smoothly.

So... How Safe Is Australia Really?

Australia is very safe to visit!

Major threats that Australia is known for are coming from dangerous flora and fauna species, riptides, reptiles, and natural disasters, and they can be fatal so it is important that you follow the advice of authorities and every sign on the streets or in front of natural reserves or other spaces.

First of all, you should be careful in Australia’s waters.

They’re home to several nasty jellyfish species such as the box jellyfish and bluebottles.

If you are told or you see a sign telling you to get out of the water because they have been spotted, do so immediately.

In the Northern Territory, you can encounter another danger: crocodiles.

One of the most dangerous is the saltwater or estuarine crocodile.

Do not underestimate riptides and strong currents at many of the East Coast beaches.

Tamarama Beach near Sydney is especially dangerous.

Another issue in Australia is the, now infamous, scary land creatures.

Australia is home to some of the world’s most dangerous snakes.

Get familiar with how these poisonous snakes look like before you encounter one and do not touch them or get in their way.

Other dangerous Aussie species are the, very well known, spiders that vary in size as well as in how poisonous they are, and in this country, there are actually several species of spiders that are considered to be world’s most fatal.

Funnel spiders are particularly dangerous and come out after periods of rains.

They tend to hide in things such as shoes.

You can get killed from a single sting if you don’t receive the antidote quickly enough.

If you think you’ve been bitten by a spider or a snake, take a picture, and immediately go to the closest medical center.

Useful Information

  • Visas - All countries except New Zealand require a visa before entering Australia. In order to check which visa you need (electronic or not) and how much it costs, visit the official site of Australian government. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Australian dollar is the official currency in Australia. ATMs are widely available in larger cities and towns, and credit cards are accepted in most establishments such as hotels, restaurants and shopping centers.
  • Weather - Since it's such a large country, Australia has several different climate zones and the weather varies depending on the specific area. The northern section of Australia has a more tropical climate, characterized by hot and humid summers, and warm and dry winters, while the southern parts are cooler with mild summers and cool and rainy winters.
  • Airports - Sydney Airport is the busiest airport in Australia. It is located 8 km (5 mi) south of Sydney city centre. Other busy airports in Australia are located in Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Australia, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Australia Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 22° C
Feb 21° C
Mar 18° C
Apr 14° C
May 10° C
Jun 7° C
Jul 6° C
Aug 8° C
Sep 10° C
Oct 14° C
Nov 17° C
Dec 19° C
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8 Reviews on Australia

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    Jan Carnaffan says:

    Australia a safe "nanny" state

    Avoid travelling on country roads at night and especially at dusk and dawn, even close to major towns and cities due to wildlife on the roads. I do not agree with lack of safety on roads, especially drunk or drugged drivers as this is strictly patrolled with Random Breath Testing and drug testing with heavy penalties. Australia has major distortions, mainly lack of public transport and rail transport for goods and passengers, recreational motorcyclists being responsible for 40% of the death and injury stats, very high vehicle ownership and mileage travelled, and remote areas have 3 times the rates of MVAs.

  2. As an Australian resident, I think you need to update this article. Down ‘south’ we are in the midst of a heatwave with a record number of days of 40+ temperatures. I regularly bushwalk and in all my 56 years I have only ever seen a snake out of captivity about three times. The only wild animals that may appear in front of your car is a kangaroo, and yes, this occurs at dusk. I have never yet hit one but roadkill is a regular sight. Temperatures vary greatly so really do your research in terms of when and where you are travelling and bring appropriate clothing.

  3. Safest humans on the planet, but bewarned of the nature!

    Australia is the safest country I have lived in as far as the people go. People (for the most part) are extremely generous and friendly. Australia is probably safer than where you live now, with crime rates as low, if not lower (per 100,000) than Northern Europe. Even Iceland has a higher murder rate (per 100,000) than Australia, so rest assured you are very unlikely to come across any issues.

    The nature and climate on the other hand… That’s another story. Driving at night out of the city and on gravel requires experience and skills most European drivers just won’t have. Animals often meet there doom on the roads, and many of our roads are not paved, remote, and with 0 reception.

    Animal deaths are almost non-existent with close to 2 deaths from snake per year, however with diligence and precautions such as compression bandages you will be safe. Our sun is super strong, so protection is required always.

    More than anything don’t take risks alone!!! Whilst the Australian health system is on of the most advanced on the planet, the remoteness of our barren country is what will get you in the end, so do your research in areas and take notice.
    Or just ask an Australian and they will happily tell you 🙂

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    EvilWhiteMan says:

    Nice people. Boring landscapes.

    Been to Australia with a 6 months visa. The landscape is super boring. So, if you don’t like the ocean and beaches (which are great) Australia will probably bore you to death. All just brushland, eucalyptus and nuclear wasteland.

    Concerning the Australian people…..they are nice and friendly and everything but environmentalism isn’t their strength. In the suburbs of Brisbane (although all of Brisbane seems like a huge suburb) people pump the drain water from their dish washers and washing machines right into their own garden. No connection to the sewage or whatsoever!!!! Third world mentality in a first world country.

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      John White says:

      Third world country? Fair go!!

      You have to be joking! Brisbane people made those arrangements in the midst of a terrible drought. Many families used bath water to flush toilets, too. When I came back to America, after being back home during that period, I did the same thing for several months.

    2. Boring landscape? Australia is the 6th largest country in the world, and has almost every type of landscape and climate on it somewhere, from snow capped mountain ski resorts to red sandy deserts, cool temperate rolling hills, Mediterranean climates with vineyards and olive groves, to tropical rainforests.
      As far as environmentalism and the water re-use – did it ever occur to you that it was actually a MORE environmentally conscious choice people made? Look up grey water re-use or recycling. It’s not that there wasn’t a sewage connection, it’s that the decision was made to use that water to irrigate gardens instead of wasting it.

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      Gentleman Jim says:

      Go...or don't.

      I cycled solo from Perth to Ceduna a few years ago. The people were great to this Yank, and some seemed apologetic about the lack of scenery. Around Perth, and east to Northam is very scenic, in my opinion. But I was also fascinated by the landscape and small towns as I traveled east, as well. I camped at Fraser Range Station and took their bus tour through the place, saw kangaroos by the thousands, watched a beautiful sunset from atop a hill, and slept under a sky where you could actually see the stars – which was repeated night after night on my trip, camping alone in the bush. As I rode along, the birds constantly calling out (they make some odd noises) kept me company. If you’re sure that you don’t like the desert and isolation, aren’t adventurous, or are normally a malcontent, depressed, whatever – don’t go.

      I encountered lots of snakes and lizards – all dead on the highway (along with many dead kangaroos). I saw one live snake up ahead on the pavement, but he was long gone before I caught up. One night after I set up my tent, I saw a spider attached to the netting on the outside, and when I slept in a room at a roadhouse one night a huge spider ran from beneath the bed, which startled me for a while but I got over it.

      Australia is wonderful. On average the people are wonderful, too.

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    Anonymous says:

    best country ever

    Australia is the best country ever I have been here my whole life. we have got good universities, good public transport and a wide range of climates to suit all types of holidays. the locals are very nice. even though you would have heard that Australia has lots of deadly snakes that is true but I have only seen 1 in the wild and I have lived in the country most of my life.

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