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Cairns Danger and Warnings

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Personal Security in Cairns, Queensland

Cairns is generally considered a safe destination for tourists and visitors alike. However, like any city, there are some dangers and precautions to be aware of while traveling in the area.


  • Petty theft and pickpocketing can occur in busy tourist areas. Be mindful of your belongings and keep them in sight at all times.
  • Swimming in the ocean can be dangerous due to strong currents and marine life such as sharks and jellyfish. Always swim between the flags on patrolled beaches and obey warning signs.
  • Driving can be hazardous due to unfamiliar roads, wildlife, and weather conditions. Take extra care when driving in rural areas.


  • Bushfires can occur in the surrounding areas during the dry season. Check current fire warnings at the Queensland Government's Rural Fire Service website.
  • Tropical cyclones can affect the region during the wet season (November to April). Stay up to date on current warnings and advice at the Bureau of Meteorology's Cyclone and Severe Weather advice website.
  • Crocodiles and snakes are present in some waterways and natural areas in and around Cairns. Observe warning signs and do not approach wildlife.

Emergency Services

In case of an emergency, dial 000.

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