5th November 2019 Safer Travel


Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design.

British Consulate General Sydney
Gateway Building, Level 16, 1 Macquarie Pl
NSW 2000
+61 2 9247 7521
Sunny day in Sydney


Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.

  • Emergency Services: Triple Zero (000)
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Capital: Canberra
  • Country Code: AU
  • Travel Visa: ETA Required (Click here for more info)
  • Population: 5,230,330

Risk Level

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

Overall Risk 40%
Pickpickets 58%
Mugging 25%
Common Crimes 45%

Travellers Tips

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


For the Emergency services just dial Triple Zero (ooo) from any phone, for not so serious situations please dial 112 and 106.

Travelling Around

London has four major airports and is connected by one of the most amazing underground train systems in the world. The main access point for the Tube is Kings Cross Station.


Train Stations

Central Railway Station

Museum Railway Station

St James Railway Station

Town Hall Railway Station

Sydney Safety

  • What are the common crimes to be aware of?


    Beware of pickpockets as they tend to operate in tourist areas, keep your belongings secure at all times and be careful if strangers try to make conversation or distract you as it could be an attempt to steal your valuables.

    Credit Card Fraud

    Credit card fraud, cloning cards can be an issue be careful where you use your cards. Also if you are withdrawing money from cash machines make sure you cover your pin and be discreet about the amount of cash you withdraw.

  • Where should I take extra care?

    Darlinghurst Road

    Darlinghurst Road is known as the red light district of Sydney, there are a number of strip bars and cheap pubs, sports bars. It is okay to visit during the day but take extra care if you choose to visit at night.

    Be careful at night on trains

    Although newer trains are not divided into carriages, older trains have two doors between each carriage, meaning it would be impossible for anyone to hear you calling out if anything happens. You should therefore sit in the carriage adjacent to the driver.

  • What are the top safety tips for Sydney?

    To remain safe in Sydney’s waters, stay between the red and yellow flags, and never swim alone, at night, after a large meal, or under the influence.

    Stay away from—or at least be on high alert in—higher-crime neighborhoods, including Kings Cross, Redfern, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Campbelltown, Blacktown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta, and Penrith. Instead, stay in Sydney’s safer areas, such as Bondi Beach, City Center, and Lavender Bay.

    Sydney has some truly dangerous animals, including poisonous insects, spiders, snakes, and sea life. If you get bitten or stung, seek medical attention immediately; Australia’s main emergency number is 000.

  • How do I keep up with the news?

    Sydney has local TV news outlets and newspapers.

    ABC News


Improve Your Personal Safety

Knowledge – the more you have the better equipped you are.

Awareness – the more you see the safer you become.

Response – the right reaction can change a situation.

Annual Events

Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.

Sydney Events

First Swim Of The Summer

The first swim of the summer is always a memorable one and marks the beginning of many months to come of having fun in the sun.

Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

There is a huge influx of LGBTQ people into the city, which makes the place buzz in anticipation. The Mardi Gras is world famous for a reason and should be put on everyone’s bucket list.

Vivid Sydney Winter Festival

Vivid Sydney includes outdoor immersive light installations and projections, performances by local and international musicians, and an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates with leading creative thinkers.


Sydney highlights

  • Can I see great art in Sydney?
  • Best coffee spots in the city?
  • What are the best beaches?

    According to CNN, here are the top five beaches in Sydney:

    1. Manly Beach
    2. Tamarama Beach
    3. Bondi Beach
    4. Bronte Beach
    5. Nielsen Park Beach
  • What are the highlight attractions?

    Sydney Opera House

    The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre at Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings.

    Sydney Harbour Bridge

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a heritage-listed steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore.

    Royal Botanic Gardens

    This attraction is a heritage-listed major 30-hectare botanical garden, event venue and public recreation area located at Farm Cove on the eastern fringe of the Sydney central business district.