Personal Safety Tips
While Australia is considered to be a very safe country, obviously it is still wise to avoid dangerous situations. Information relevant to the risks that may be present in the area you are visiting is usually available from the local visitor information centre.
Here are some safety tips to help you enjoy your visit:
Avoid dark public spaces when alone
Avoid hitchhiking and never hitchhike alone
Always let someone know where you are and where you are going
Take care when using automated teller machines (ATM's) and secure your cash quickly
Keep valuables out of sight and secure while travelling
Always use protection when having sexual intercourse
Drink alcohol in moderation
Travelling with a Disability
Western Australia offers a wide range of holiday experiences suited to seniors and people with disabilities.
For more information on disability services in Western Australia, visit the Access WA website.
Fire and Cyclone Safety
Western Australia's hot and dry conditions create a risk of bushfires. The cyclone season extends from 1 November to 30 April. Cyclones are very uncommon in Perth area.
When a cyclone approaches, you should listen to your radio for cyclone information. Safety information is available from Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA).
Travellers should always wear a wide brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses and at least an SPF 15+ sunscreen when outdoors and drink plenty of water. It is recommended that you drink at least two litres each day.
Be sure to wear sun protective clothing, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses and seek shade to protect your skin from skin cancer and other sun damage. Take extra care when outdoors between 10:00am and 3:00pm when UV radiation is most intense.
Safety at the Beach
Always swim or surf at a beach patrolled by lifesavers
Swim between the red and yellow flags, they mark the safest areas to swim
Always swim under supervision, or with a friend
Read and obey the signs
If you are unsure of conditions, ask a lifesaver
Don't swim directly after a meal
Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Don't run and dive in the water
Conditions change regularly; check before you enter the water
If you get into trouble in the water, don't panic - signal for help, float and wait for assistance
Float with a rip current or undertow, do not swim against it