Safety for travellers

How to contact police in Western Australia

Emergencies only – 000 Police attendance- 131 444 Local police station

Missing travellers

Enquiries for people missing during a long journey should be directed to police stations on the route the person was expected to take.

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Travelling safely in Western Australia

Out and about

  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you will return.
  • Whenever possible travel with a friend or in a group.
  • Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas.
  • Never hitchhike or take a lift from a stranger.
  • When using public transport, sit near the driver or other passengers.
  • Alcohol can affect your judgement – stay alert.
  • Street drinking is illegal in Western Australia.
  • Report crime to police.

Property and valuables

  • Don't carry large amounts of cash.
  • Use personal security lockers, where available, at hostels.
  • Mark all your valuables with identification.
  • Don't keep all your important documents together.


  • Don't leave valuables vehicles.
  • Don't give lifts to hitchhikers or strangers.
  • Park in well lit and populated areas.
  • Don't drink and drive – in Western Australia it's 0.05%.
  • Carry your driver's licence with you at all times
  • It is an offence to dump abandoned vehicles – contact a salvage yard or towing company to collect

Identification that is required while travelling:

Safe pubbing and clubbing

  • Know what is in your glass.
  • Go out with people you trust.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be observant – if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
  • Don't leave your drinks or valuables unattended.
  • Trust your instincts.

Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia

See safe outback travel for information about:

  • Preparation
  • Roads
  • Safety on unsealed roads
  • Road rules
  • Dangers
  • Exploring on foot
  • In an emergency
  • Watch for the signs of exposure
  • Snake bites
  • Seeking medical help
How to report crime to police

More information

Royal Perth Hospital: 9224 2244
Wellington Street, Perth

Alcohol and Drug Information Service: 9442 5000

Lost/stolen VISA cards (24 hours): 1800 450 346

Public transport: Transperth InfoLine: 13 62 13

Western Australian Visitor Centre: 1300 361 351