is a very safe City, particularly when compared to larger cities.
But as a sign of the times all travellers should take the same precautions
when travelling throughout North Queensland as they would when travelling
anywhere in the world.
example of this is that at night it is advisable for tourists to
stay in the well lit, populated areas of the City. Avoid parks after
dark and if you find yourself in an area that is poorly lit with
no one else around, you should head back to the more frequented
part of town.
when out and about be aware of your personal belongings by keeping
them close to you. Don't leave valuables unattended or by your chair
in restaurants. If your room has safe use it or take advantage of
the hotels central security.
was a popular form a transport in Australia for many years. It is
actually illegal and once again considered to be an unsafe practise
anywhere in the world. Likewise throughout North Queensland you
are taking a risk if you decide to hitchhike.
you are driving try not to leave valuables exposed in your car if
leaving it unattended for long periods of time, especially in isolated
areas such as in National Parks.
is a strong police presence in North Queensland. If you are unsure
about where to go or where not to go you can always ask one of the
local police for their opinion. The emergency telephone number for
police, fire and ambulance in Australia is 000. If calling from
a public telephone no coins are needed.
again Cairns is a very safe city but by taking a few simple precautions
and using your head you may avoid petty crimes that can ruin a good