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Health & safety

Australia is one of the safest destinations in the world, but you should observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions as you would in any other country or at home. Talk to other travellers about their experiences for advice and invest in comprehensive travel insurance before departing.

Sun smart

In Australia, 15 minutes in the sun is sometimes all it takes for your skin to burn.

Protect yourself from Australia's strong sun in a few easy steps:

  • Slip on sun protective clothing
  • Slop on SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply every two hours outdoors
  • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears
  • Seek shade
  • Slide on sunglasses

Wear sunscreen, a hat, and goggles or sunglasses to block UV light and sun reflected off snow.

Beach safety

Beaches can be dangerous, with rips and undercurrents, so make sure you swim on lifeguard patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags, and be sun smart. Learn about water safety in Victoria.

Bites and stings

For advice on bites and stings, based on your symptoms, visit the Symptom Checker at healthdirect.gov.au. In an emergency, phone triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. An emergency involves any of these symptoms: central/crushing chest pain, unconsciousness, a seizure (fit), difficulty breathing or turning blue, badly bleeding, victim of a severe accident.

Weather conditions

Watch out for natural hazards such as changeable weather conditions in Victoria's alpine regions or remote national parks. Plan your activities and let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to return. Check Victoria's weather and current warnings on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website.

Emergencies

In an emergency, phone triple zero (000) and ask for an fire, police or ambulance help.

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Bushfire safety

Follow these bushfire safety tips during the warmer months (November to April) so your holiday in Melbourne and Victoria is safe and enjoyable.

Find out more

BeachSafe (SLSA) is a free guide to forecasts, services and hazards at Australian beaches.

FireReady is a free source of bushfire information for Victoria, from the Country Fire Authority (CFA).

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