Health and Safety
Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
No specific vaccinations are required before travelling to Australia. However, those arriving within six days of having stayed overnight or longer in an infected country, require a yellow fever vaccination. The northern regions of Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria have the risk of Murray Valley encephalitis. Hence, insect repellents are a must in these areas.
Medical services available are good, but expensive. Thus, travel insurance is beneficial. Australia has a reciprocal health agreement with the UK, for emergency situations.Australia is very safe for tourists. Nevertheless, it is advisable to be cautious of one’s belongings, especially in crowded places such as the gold coast. Tropical cyclones are very common in Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory, during the months of November to April. Bush fires are a serious problem in the summers, in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales.