How Safe Is Melbourne for Travel?

Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia.

It is a city with numerous museums and art galleries which justifies its nickname The Cultural Capital of Australia. Victorian architecture, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Eureka Tower are only some of the most visited tourist attractions with over 2 million visitors per year.

Melburnians are considered very friendly, helpful and people that know how to have a good time. Due to the fact that Australia is considered very safe country, you can feel like at home while visiting Melbourne.

Warnings & Dangers in Melbourne

Overall Risk


When the criminal against tourists is considered, Melbourne is believed to be a very safe city. The overall rating is 80% which makes it a place where tourists can feel safe walking around.

Transport & Taxis Risk


In general, all the means of transport are safe in Melbourne, but the stations in the city outskirts can be scary, due to the fact that they are empty. Tourists should stay in those areas that are covered with security cameras.

Pickpockets Risk


The Flinders Street station is considered to be the dangerous part of the city in terms of pickpockets. The part of the year when the pickpocketing is the most frequent is Christmas, the Melbourne Cup or the Footy Grand Finale.

Natural Disasters Risk


When summer is in question, the sun can be dangerous for the skin since the UV index is very high. Floods are possible during the rainy season, but they are not so frequent. Other natural risks can happen in Melbourne, but are not upsetting.

Mugging Risk


Mugging risks are not very common in Melbourne considering the fact that it is a very safe city. But, still there are some areas where it is possible to be mugged, especially during the night.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorist threats are not common in Melbourne, and it is a city which is believed to be very safe in terms of terrorism.

Scams Risk


Some frequent scams in Melbourne are bartenders in the strip clubs that take more money than it is actually spent telling you the higher prices, teenagers acting peculiarly and people who offer you some help with your baggage.

Women Travelers Risk


Women travelers are considered safe in Melbourne and Australia in general. However, walking alone through Melbourne at night can be frightening for a woman and it should be avoided.

So... How Safe Is Melbourne Really?

Melbourne, as well as the whole Australia is generally a safe place to spend your holiday. The 80% rating proves that safety is on high level and that tourists can enjoy their stay in this reasonably safe city.

However, Melbourne, as any other big and populous city can be violent and have criminals. There are certain parts of the city which should be avoided, although tourists are not a common target of the criminals in these areas. Bourke Street, Flinders Street Station, and Gray Street have population that belongs to all social classes, from homeless people to drug dealers and prostitutes, which leads to the all sorts of criminal acts.

In order to protect themselves, tourists need to pay attention to strangely behaving people around them, to keep their possessions in front of them and remain cautious all the time while they are on the crowded streets of Melbourne. During the night, they should remain on the main streets, where there are lights and cameras, and avoid those city districts that are well known as dangerous.

Nevertheless, Australia is on the 10th place of the safest countries in the world, so tourists do not need to be afraid when coming to this country, since Melbourne is safer than most big cities in the world.

Useful Information

  • Visas - All Australian visitors, except New Zealanders, need to have a visa when entering the country. On the official website, there is a possibility to get informed about the type of visa that you need, whether it is electronic or not, and how much it costs.
  • Currency - The Australian Dollar (AUD) is the official currency in Australia. Even though Australia is a very expensive country, accommodations in summer season are usually fully booked. However, there are some cheaper places for those people that are not so rich to afford such an expensive holiday.
  • Weather - The weather is changeable in Australia. Melbourne has a temperate oceanic climate characterized by the warm summers and cool winters. January is the hottest month in Melbourne, while the coldest is July. Summer lasts from December to February and the best time for swimming is February. May is usually the month with the heavy rains.
  • Airports - The tourists can get to Melbourne via Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, which is the second busiest airport in Australia. There are three more airports in Melbourne: Avalon Airport, between Melbourne and Geelong, Moorabbin Airport in the city's south and Essendon Airport. Other main international airports which can also be used when coming to Australia are in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
  • Travel Insurance - Travelers should have travel insurance whichever country they go, especially the one that includes possible medical complications as well as the robbery.
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Melbourne Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 21° C
Feb 21° C
Mar 19° C
Apr 17° C
May 14° C
Jun 12° C
Jul 11° C
Aug 12° C
Sep 13° C
Oct 16° C
Nov 17° C
Dec 19° C
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11 Reviews on Melbourne

  1. Incorrect info

    Regarding the natural disasters score here. Melbourne does not have a ‘rainy season’. The wettest time is Spring and it is not characterised by floods. Also from above…May is definitely not the time with the heavy rains…not sure where this information comes from as it would not apply to anywhere in Australia.

  2. Pretty safe

    I think Melbourne is safe but just be careful where you go and stick in a group especially at night because sometimes any area can be dangerous.

  3. Safety is a joke in Melbourne

    Having lived here for 8 years I must say what a joke giving Melbourne safety 80.

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      Anonymous says:

      I’m from Melbourne and have spent 10+ years overseas. Melbourne is very safe.

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    Anonymous says:

    I have never heard of anyone ever getting pick-pocketed in Melbourne. The biggest danger is the price level!

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    Enid Cutthroat says:

    Sexist review

    why is only woman travellers a risk? Isn’t that sexist?????

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      EMINICK95 ON YOUTUBE says:


      Yes ikr but unfortunately men should fight for themself

      In general women are less strong that’s why

  6. When it gets dark outside..

    I live in Melbourne CBD and judging from what I can hear outside the window the safety score should be around 95 during daytime and somewhere round 40 after it gets dark. Not a night without police/ambulance sirens, screams/shouts from drunkards, crackheads and distressed people. Daytime safety is pretty good but try to avoid spending too much time outside late at night, keep to the big streets, and watch your surroundings.

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    Stephen Kwak says:

    High crime rates and lots of burglaries.
    Milkbars are the targets of the petty crimes.

  8. Not a great city at all (Truth)

    Melbourne is growing into a very violent and scary city. Be cautious!

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    Sam Deb says:

    Australia is a racist hole of aggression

    Melbourne is a shit-hole. Having lived there for over 12 years I couldn’t wait to move to a kinder more affordable country.
    Don’t waste your money visiting melbourne or Australia. It’s a racist county that is filled with aggressive abusive people.
    Also there is plenty murder, rape and assaults in Melbourne too, constantly in the news!
    Just go to south-east Asia instead.

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