Australia health and safety

Advice on vaccinations, personal safety, travel insurance, and more for your vacation in Australia.


1. The Australian government requires all travelers arriving from other countries afflicted with Yellow Fever to provide proof of vaccination. However, Yellow Fever is not a disease risk in Australia at this time.

2. The Japanese Encephalitis vaccine is also sometimes recommended, so discuss this one with your doctor.

3. All travelers are advised to ensure that tetanus and polio vaccinations are kept up to date.

Safety and Security

1. Be careful with personal possessions and travel documents in the cities and other popular tourist destinations, as you would at home.

2. Tropical cyclones can occur between November and April in northwest Australia (between Exmouth and Broome), in Western Australia and in northeast Queensland (between Port Douglas and Maryborough).  Bush/forest fires are common during the summer months from November to February.

3. When in the desert areas make sure you have enough water, and are able to shelter yourself from the sun.  The locals can advise you what best to take.  It's advisable that you register your route details and expected date of return with a friend, or with the relevant tourist authorities.

4. Take care when swimming as rip currents can pull you out to sea.  You also need to be wary of sharks (even at popular beach spots) and of crocodiles.  Make sure you read and follow any signs at the beach or swimming areas.

5. If you’re traveling in the Outback it pays to take a first aid kit with you.

Don’t leave home without it!  Accidents happen – and they can happen in the strangest places at the strangest times, like while climbing Ayres Rock or an alley in Sydney at 3 am. Travel insurance can cover you for all sorts of mishaps during your travel, and even before you leave.  Did you know up to 25% of all insurance claims are due to cancellation of travel?

Check out the STA Travel insurance policies and get the one that is right for you.

*The Fine Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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