From opera houses to beach getaways, Australia is the perfect destination for any kind of traveler. With activities to do with your kids to an exciting, bustling night light that's perfect for solo travelers, this island continent is a great place to go.
However, if you are traveling alone or traveling with young kids, you might be wondering whether or not the country is safe. The truth is, the world is a big place filled with both safe and unsafe spots, but just for you Australian-bound hopefuls, we've got the inside scoop. Here are 10 of the Safest Cities in Australia.
Sydney, Australia is a destination that seems to be on almost every adventurer's bucket list, and what's even better is that it's been on the top ten lists for "Safest cities in the world." With gun laws continuously in place and Sydney rated as the destination spot where you're least likely to get pickpocketed, scammed, or mugged, you can visit the city without worry.
From live entertainment to a variety of outdoor parks, whether you're traveling alone or with friends, you'll always find something exciting to do in the city - and you won't have to worry about your safety while you do it.
As the capital city of the state of Victoria in Australia, Melbourne is the country's second-largest city and is still named one of the safest places to go. Many tourists have cited that Melbourne locals and natives are kind, friendly, and quick to help. Unlike large tourist cities such as Paris or New York, as a person visiting Australia for the first time, you won't have to worry about who you talk to in Melbourne.
Melbourne has a variety of fun things to do from museums and art galleries to outdoor markets - you'll just have to be aware of your surroundings, especially while on public transport, but other than that, it's a great place to be.
8 New South Wales
New South Wales (known simply as NSW) is a state that sits on Australia's east coast and is known as one of the more friendlier places in the country. Because it's located so close to the water, the worst dangers you might face while visiting NSW are most likely beach-safety and swimming-safety issues.
The weather in NSW is almost always breezy and pleasant, but it's always best to be prepared for breezy, windy, ocean weather. Staying on top of weather alerts as well as rough waves and high-tide alerts while you're visiting the area is a great precaution to take.
7 Port Fairy
Located in south-western Victoria, Port Fairy is a small coastal town that sits right where the Moyne River flows out into the Southern Ocean. Port Fary was established as early as 1835 and has thrived all these years because of its location near the water. The small town is one of the more agricultural spots in Australia where you might run into livestock like sheep or cattle during your visit.
If you want to try water activities while in Australia but are not the biggest fan of swimming in the ocean, Port Fairy is a great place to try more laid-back water adventures like paddle boarding or coastal golfing.
6 Apollo Bay
For lovers of seafood and outdoor adventures, Apollo Bay, Australia should be your first go-to destination. With peaceful beaches and hills that surround the village, you'll be able to fulfill your inner adrenaline-junkie by hang-gliding, skydiving, or hiking through Apollo Bay.
While you might have to watch out for snakes around your area or bushfires because of all the plant life that surrounds the village, Apollo Bay is still a vacation-spot favorite for both locals and tourists alike. Not only do they have great, local seafood, but it's also a safe place to enjoy the outdoors!
Full of history, Victoria is another beautiful Australian safe spot. From its seaside location to its colonial architecture, Victoria is a place that's full of culture and very open and welcoming to tourists and visitors.
Different from fast-paced Sydney, Victoria is a much quieter part of Australia where you'll be able to do anything from boat tours to hikes into wilderness just outside the city. In Victoria, you'll find delicious food, a history of indigenous culture, and beautiful beaches and lakes to explore. It's a great family destination if you're thinking of visiting Australia with kids!
Sometimes known as "The Sunshine State," Queensland is the third-most populous state in Australia. Located in the country's north-east, Queensland is the place you'll want to be if seeing the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list.
Because Queensland is another popular spot for tourism in Australia, its security is strong and something you won't have to worry about. If you're planning on diving down to see the Great Barrier Reef, however, you might want to pack some sunscreen, and be sure to double-check water safety protocol before jumping in.
Beechworth is a small, historical town that sits north-east of Victoria, and though it's not as populated as Sydney or Melbourne, it's a cozy, safe, and quiet place to be if you're a traveler who loves to be immersed in a country's local culture.
Dating back to the 1850s, many of Beechworth's buildings have been well-preserved. It's mountainous landscapes also make it great for those who like to hike or spend time outdoors. From mountain biking to amazing treescapes, you can get away from city life and still have an exciting time while visiting this part of Australia.
Located off Australia's southeastern coast, Tasmania (nicknamed Tassie) is an island state that's not part of the Australian mainland, but still an incredible - and safe - place to visit.
Many people call Tasmania "the wild island state" because of all the wild animals you might run into while exploring the island. With a population of just 500,000 people, Tasmania is a calm, cultured, but also an exciting place to visit with young kids. It has some of Australia's most popular natural attractions from tours in the outback to wildlife parks. If you're an animal lover, you're not going to want to skip on this destination.
1 Port Douglas
Ranked at #3 in the Australian Traveller magazine's list for 100 Best Towns in Australia, Port Douglas is a small coastal town in Queensland that is the perfect place to visit for island lovers.
With blue waters and great, tropical weather all-year-round, Port Douglas is not only a popular tourist spot but also a getaway destination for many Australian residents too. The Great Barrier Reef is also accessible from Port Douglas, as well as Daintree - the world's oldest rainforest. If you're wanting to visit Australia for the tropical island vibe, Port Douglas should be at the top of your list.