Is Australia a Safe or Dangerous Country?Australia is a very safe country. Crimes rates are very low, and although very few travellers will be victims of crime there might be some risk petty theft (mostly pickpocketing) and areas to avoid in Sydney and Melbourne. In big cities, take the usual precautions (eg: not walking in parks alone at night, not leaving your bike or phone and camera unattended and not keeping your wallet in your backpocket) and you will most likely not encounter any crime at all. The most commons dangers in Australia are natural hazards and dangerous animals. Firstly, there is a very high UV-exposure index throughout Australia, which has been linked to a hole in the ozone layer above Australia. Travelers cover themselves with sunscreen (SPF+30 at least) at all times : it can take about 15minutes to get a sunburn with no protection. Natural hazards Beaches and Swimming Beaches in Australia are both beautiful and dangerous : every year, over 55 tourists and locals drown on one of Australia’s beaches (source), because of huge waves or strong riptides carrying people away from the beach. Always look at the flag before going for a swim, and take a look at the official website BeachSafe for more info about Australia’s beaches safety. There can be some rare shark and crocodile attacks when swimming near estuaries, tidal rivers, mangroves or deep pools; and the extremely dangerous Box Jellyfish and Irukanji are present in tropical waters from November to April. Fires The Summer period is unfortunately famous for being the bushfires season. Inform yourself before going out for a hike or a camping trip. Dangerous Animals Other than the dangerous sea animals, they are many amphibians, reptiles and insects that are among the most dangerous in the world : six of the world’s most deadliest snakes in the world can be found in Australia; and many spiders such as the Sydney Funnel Spider or the Red Black Spider are extremely dangerous. Even fauna can be dangerous in Australia: the Gympie bush is a stinging tree mostly found in Queensland which causes severe pain up to several week when touched. The Bush travelling through Australia’s remote country can be dangerous for inexperienced travellers. Some parts of the country also called “the Outback” have very limited water supply, no cellular network or gas stations. It is vital to keep plan your journey carefully.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Australia is a very safe country. It is ranked 10th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
There is nearly no pickpocket risk in Australia, except for rare cases in Sydney and Melbourne. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Australia is a safe country regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some urban areas are best be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
There are virtually no scammers in Australia. But beware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you while withdrawing money, and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Public transports and taxis are generally very safe in Australia, but driving can be dangerous because of wild road animals and drunk drivers.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH
There are many natural hazards in Australia, from dangerous animals/insects to bush fires, UV exposures and riptides. Don’t go swimming alone, and follow the advice in the “is Australia Safe?” section.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Australia has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Australia is generally very safe for women travelers, and open towards LGBT travelers.