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 : LOW
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 : MEDIUM
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 : MEDIUM
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 : MEDIUM
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 : LOW
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 : LOW
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 : LOW
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 : LOW
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.
- 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.