Melbourne

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, with over 4.5m inhabitants, and is the capital of the state of Victoria. Melbourne is often called the Cultural Capital of Australia, with its many museums or art galleries; its inhabitants known to be multicultural and open minded. The city’s Victorian architecture and the nearby Great Ocean Road – often considered as the most scenic road in Australia- attracts over 2 million international visitors every year, and 59 million in total.

SAFETY INDEX

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Australia is one of the safest countries in the world, but as a large city, Melbourne has some gained a reputation for being violent. While being mostly unfounded media sensationalism, there are some areas more dangerous than others - however, tourists are very unlikely to be targeted. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip while in Melbourne, and be aware of all potential dangers.

City Center (CBD)

The Central Business District (aka the Docklands) is the historical and most popular neighborhood of the city. With many company headquarters, international brands stores, outlets and the nearby Etihad Stadium, it is a very popular neighborhood for both tourists and locals. The City Town Hall and Saint Paul’s Cathedral can be found on Swanston Street (a pedestrian and tram-only street). The area is very busy and safe during the day – although there is some risk of pickpocketing around Flinders Street and its station. At night, the area can get empty really fast, it is better to stay on the main streets. King’s Street, north of the CBD, is know for being the city’s Red Light District with some legal and illegal prostitution. 

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Melbourne is a very safe city. With a rating of 88% Australia, is ranked 10th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket risk in Melbourne. Be careful around the Flinders Street station crowds and its adjacent streets. Most pickpocket acts happen during seasonal events such as Christmas, the Melbourne Cup or the Footy Grand Finale.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Melbourne is a safe city regarding mugging risks, although some areas better be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are very few scams in Melbourne. In the Red Light District area there can be some “scams” in strip clubs where bartenders make you pay drinks at a high price. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Transports and taxis are generally safe in Melbourne, but train stations in the suburbs can be frightening as they are very empty. Locate the “Safety zones” on the platforms, which are well-lit and have security cameras.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There can be some occasional natural hazards (geological, meteorological) in Melbourne, and the sun UV index is very strong (see the page about Australia for more advice).

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Melbourne is a very safe city in respect to terrorist threats.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Melbourne and Australia in general is safe for women travelers.

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Useful Information

All visitors to Australia need a visa (only New Zealand nationals are exempt from it). Check the official website to see which kind of visa you need (electronic or not) and if it is free. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). As of June 2016, 1 Us Dollar= 1.39 AUD. Australia is an expensive country to visit, but they are many cheap accommodations for backpackers and those travelling on a shoestring. Expect to pay from 100 AUD to 300 AUD per day.
The weather in Australia changes from Tropical to the North, desertic in the backcountry and Oceanic in the South. Summer spans from December to February and is usually associated with high prices and fully booked accommodation. The best time to visit would be during the shoulder seasons, between March – May or September – November.
The main international airports are in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth; although they are many smaller airports connecting secluded areas to the cities. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.