Sydney is the largest and oldest city in Australia. Located in the New South Wales region, is it a harbour city on the Tasman sea. The city is home to two of Australia’s most famous buildings, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, and is one of the country’s most cosmopolitan and international city.
Sydney’s city center is the busy neighborhood where the Opera House is located. It is also the business and commercial district, with many skyscrapers, city malls and convenience stores. The area concentrates many of Sydney’s most famous landmarks such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Parliament and Government Houses, museums like the Art Gallery of New South Wales or the Museum of Sydney. The area is very busy and safe during the day – there have been very few cases of pickpocketing. The area of Kings Cross, northeast of the city center, is where most of the bars and clubs are located. There is alcohol-related violence in the area, and sometimes late night muggings. Stay on the main streets.
The Northernmost part of Sydney is home to the famous Harbour Bridge linking the city to the Lower North shore. It is possible to cross the bridge by walking over it and get beautiful view of the city and the bay. The area is very safe and is home to one of Sydney’s largest police stations.
The City South is a more popular neighborhood, home to the largest Chinatown in Australia and the Central Station (for both trains and buses). The area have cheaper eats and accommodation than the city center, and is popular for students and young people. The area on George street that can be seen on the map is a bit dangerous at night, with some drug addicts and sketchy people. Do not walk alone through the Belmore park during the night.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK: LOW
Sydney 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 nearly no pickpocket risk in Sydney. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING RISK: LOW
Sydney is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
There are very few scams in Sydney. In the King’s Cross 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 Sydney, but smaller stations outside the city and train cars can become very quiet at night.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
There can be some occasional natural hazards (geological, meteorological) in Sydney, and the sun is very strong (see the page about Australia for more advice)
TERRORISM RISK: LOW
Sydney is a very safe city in respect to terrorist threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Sydney and Australia in general is safe for women travelers.
Avoid Being A Victim! 10 Tips for Your Personal Safety
It is best to carry a small bag across your shoulder or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Thieves commonly work near tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations, airports, subways and target vehicles with non-local license plates.
Most but not all of pickpockets work in groups, often as teenagers
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.