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.


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Australia is one of the safest countries in the world; but as a large city Sydney has some localized crime issues and gang violence – however tourists are very unlikely to be targeted. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip while in Sydney, and be aware of all potential dangers.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 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.


There is nearly no pickpocket risk in Sydney. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Sydney is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 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.


Transports and taxis are generally safe in Sydney, but smaller stations outside the city and train cars can become very quiet at night.


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)

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

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


Sydney and Australia in general is safe for women travelers.



City Center

  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 Rocks

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 a beautiful view of the city and the bay. The area is very safe and is home to one of Sydney’s largest police stations.

City South

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 has 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.

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. 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.