"Places in Sydney to avoid" Bag Snatching / Pickpockets Tip by joeblogg

Bag Snatching / Pickpockets, Sydney: 18 reviews and 14 photos

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  • Graffiti at Mount Druitt - Sydney
      Graffiti at Mount Druitt
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  • Graffiti at Mount Druitt - Sydney
      Graffiti at Mount Druitt
    by joeblogg

I've lived in Sydney all my life and I love it. There are certainly a few areas travellers should avoid unless they know what they are doing.

Many of the suburbs between Blacktown and Penrith are rough and dangerous. Drug & alcohol problems as well as general violence and crime exist in many of these suburbs. Mount Druitt, Emerton, Doonside, Blacktown and Seven Hills are just some of the suburbs in this area that should be avoided. A friend of mine got chased by a bunch of youths near Seven Hills station trying to either start a fight or steal his car.

Cabramatta is a suburb that many Sydney residents will associate with drugs and street fights. While this suburb has improved significantly, it still has a menacing dark side to it that exists in the small laneways and the railway station.

Suburbs in Campbelltown council area are, for the most part, quite poor and dangerous. Especially Macquarie Fields, the site of the notorious Macquarie Fields riots of 2005. Woodbine and Raby for instance are relatively safe compared to the neighbouring suburbs.

Bankstown, Punchbowl and Lakember are great examples of the wonderful multiculturalism we enjoy here in Sydney but these suburbs can prove to be violent. Many youths in these suburbs arm themselves with knives and blades. If you mind your own business you will usually stay safe and they won't bother you. People in these suburbs may randomly shout out at you but if they are ignored you should be fine.

And I saved the most notorious suburb for last: Redfern. Not 5 minutes from the CBD is this very unsafe and violent suburb. Like Macquarie Fields this suburb has hosted a riot and many residents of this suburb are hostile to outsiders and police. The well-lit areas of the station are safe but outside the station is very dangerous. This suburb has countless public housing blocks. Many of these public housing blocks have drug, alcohol and violence problems. Streets like Eveleigh St and Louis St are extremely unsafe unless you are an Aboriginal. I strongly recommend tourists to not visit this suburb or your next stop could easily be the hospital. People have gotten stabbed and beaten up walking around this suburb especially at night.

I hope this won't put of potential tourists to Sydney as we have many great and importantly safe suburbs that boast a lot of culture and diversity. It's just good to know the areas to avoid so as to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Address: Sydney

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  • Written Nov 30, 2010
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