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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
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.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
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.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Melbourne is a safe city regarding mugging risks, although some areas better be avoided at night.
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.
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.
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).
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Melbourne is a very safe city in respect to terrorist threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Melbourne and Australia in general is safe for women travelers.