A country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans.



Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the northeast; and New Zealand to the southeast. Most of the country’s inhabitants are located around the edge of the country with only Alice Springs in the middle. The country’s other major cities are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

The website has a lot of helpful information for travelling to Australia.

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  • Emergency Services: 112
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Capital City: Canberra
  • Country Code: AUS
  • Travel Visa: ETA Visa
  • Population: 22,683,600
  • Driving: Left hand side

Risk Level

Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 35%
Pickpickets 65%
Mugging 30%
Common Crimes 45%

Travellers Tips

Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.


  • What are the main annual events in Australia?

    26th January is Australia Day festivities usually start the evening before. Events normally include Australian of the Year Awards, Australia Day Race Day, Flag-raising, citizenship ceremonies, flyovers and 21 gun salute, family festivals and concludes with fireworks.

    The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is an Aboriginal Cultural event held annually on 26th January (Australia Day). It is the largest regional event of its kind and is a nomadic event that moves to a different location in the region each year.

    Boardies Day The Surf Life Saving Foundation is an on-the-pulse organisation that works tirelessly to make surfing both fun and safe. To help raise funds, Boardies Day is returning for one national day only so, whichever state you live in, make sure you remember that Boardies Day is on 22nd February.

    The Australian Open is one of the world’s top four Grand Slam tennis tournaments that are held annually. The tennis matches are played in Melbourne Park from the beginning of January through to Australia Day (26th January) and are a must for any sporting fan.

  • What are the common crimes in Australia?

    Areas to take extra precaution are; railway stations or side streets at night, opportunist with favour these areas looking for vulnerable people for muggings or robbery.

    As in all countries be careful of pickpockets in crowded areas like airports, city centers and train stations. These opportunists are professionals and sometimes work in teams, be aware of your belongings at all times.

    Be careful when driving or hiring a vehicle in Australia as the Australian Police conduct fairly regular breath tests, drug checks and speed checks of all motorists, so do not take risks.

    In public places, parks or toilets, be careful of disposed syringes, broken glass and bottles. These can transmit diseases, if your skin is pierced go straight to the nearest hospital or medical centre.

  • What are the top safety tips for Australia?

    Always check luggage weight allowances and what is prohibited in hand luggage. Australia is very strict at customs, so do not forget to dispose of any fruit, animal products, and they are obviously very keen on doing drug searches, so expect to have sniffer dogs sometimes checking around your luggage. Do not exceed duty-free allowances.

    Always keep hydrated and do not get sunburned. You will be surprised how pale most Australians are, they generally do not “sunbath”. If you plan a day in the sun apply high factor sun scream and make sure you take time out in the shade. Signs of heat stoke can be feeling light headed and headaches.

    Be aware of bush fire warnings, which are regularly signed in the hinterland areas (e.g high or low alert). Always adhere to warnings and only use designated areas for camp fires. Ensure that they are completely extinguished before you leave an area. Never throw cigarette butts into the bush land, but dispose of properly. Always ensure someone is aware of your whereabouts and intended route if you venture on a bush walk, or trek.

    Avoid poorly lit areas and parks at night. Buses and trams are generally safe even at night but keep alert and aware at all times, trains maybe a little dangerous at night as most stations are not staffed after working hours, if you miss your stop there is a long wait until the next train.

  • What is the best time to visit Australia?

    Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. It is possible to follow the warmer temperatures around the country.

    Spring 22

    Summer 30

    Autumn 26

    Winter 18

Improve Your Safety

Knowledge The more you have the better equipped you are.

Research is always number one. Any place you choose to visit usually has something about it that makes us want to find out more, ultimately the more you know the better your experience.

Awareness The more you see the safer you become.

Armed with the knowledge of the possible risks, common crimes and safety advice, your raised awareness and enables you to spot possible hazardous situations before they unfold.

Response The right reaction can change a situation.

How you handle a situation is very important and can dramatically change the outcome. If you have recognised the potential dangers early enough it will give you time to process and decide on the best course of action… Find Out More

For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Towns & Cities

  • Sunset over Ayres Rock with the moon above it

    Alice Springs

    Alice Springs, known as the Red Centre due to its landscapes, is a great way to explore Australia’s scenery. As a remote town in Australia’s Northern Territory, it is a popular destination as it is the country’s interior desert region.

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  • Three people riding on a camel on the beach in Broome


    Broome is one of Western Australia’s natural beauties. As a beach resort town in Australia’s Kimberley region, it is popular for walking along the shoreline and watching the sunset. Most popular, Cable Beach offers a picturesque view and is home to some amazing wildlife.

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  • Surfers and beachgoers in Byron Bay

    Byron Bay

    Byron Bay is a coastal town in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales. It’s a great family holiday destination, with glorious beaches that are known for surfing and scuba diving activities. Home to some of Australia’s wonderful wildlife, this town is must see.

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  • Large rock at the top of a hill in Townsville


    Townsville is a coastal city in northeastern Queensland. It’s close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, means that it is home to amazing visitor attractions. As a culturally rich city, there are opportunities to get a glimpse of Australia’s wildlife and marine life. A great spot for family adventures.

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  • Palm trees along the beachfront in Darwin


    Darwin is the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. It’s also a gateway to Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park.

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  • Man-made pond in Canberra


    Canberra is the capital city of Australia. It is Australia’s largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall.

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  • Crystal blue water with a bridge


    Commonly refereed to as the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a city in the tropical Far North Queensland. Northwest of the city, Daintree National Park spans mountainous rainforest, gorges and beaches.

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  • Caroline's memorial in Bundaberg


    Bundaberg is located on Queensland’s coast. It’s known for Bundaberg Rum, and the Bundaberg Distillery offers museum tours and tastings. Nearby along the coast is Mon Repos Regional Park, home to sea turtles.

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  • Calm waters with houses around


    Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to the city’s Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.

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  • People walking over a bridge


    Perth is the capitol of Western Australia and sits where the Swan River meet the southwest coast. Perth boasts some beautiful sandy beaches and lovely riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

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