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Tips on Melbourne Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!

Melbourne Warnings and Dangers

Among the most heavily populated cities in all of Australia, the city of Melbourne attracts travelers from around the globe. However, there are dangers you should be aware of in order to stay safe.

Driving Issues

People unused to driving on the left-hand side of the road may have some trouble in Melbourne. If you are hiring a car, be aware of the hook turns in the city. A hook turn is a right-and-turn from the left lane. This leaves the right-hand lane free for traffic and the tram tracks clear for trams. You will see little signs hanging from the overhead lines that say ‘Hook Turn’, where applicable. Also, be cautious when driving in the city in general, since the traffic in Melbourne gets fairly intense.


There is enough of a drug problem in Melbourne that there are boxes around the city where people can dispose of their syringes. Visitors should be cautious when walking around the city and avoid the rougher parts of town.

While the city is generally safe, there are a few areas where things are more dangerous, particularly at night. Places like Bourke Street, Flinders Street Station, and Gray Street all have a reputation for having people of all sorts, from people who are simply homeless to drug dealers and prostitutes.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Melbourne.


By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

Her stories have also appeared online on USA Today, The Sun, Huffington Post, Business Insider,,, and more. Her educational background is in journalism, art history, gender studies, Spanish, and film. She's been quoted as an expert travel source by CNBC,, MarketWatch, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more.

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