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 & KIDNAPPING 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 RISKS: 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 TRAVELER RISK: LOW
Australia is generally very safe for women travelers, and open towards LGBT travelers.