Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Top 3 Areas to Avoid in Melbourne at Night

Home > Melbourne > Nightlife | Lists
by Paul Bonadio (subscribe)
Portfolio -
Published March 21st 2012
You don't need to be Mayor to know that Melbourne is one of the world's finest cities. You also don't need me waffling on about why our city is so great; you've been there and experienced it for yourself.

Like any other city, however, there are areas worth side-stepping. Listed below are three such examples. Although not inherently dangerous spots, they have been known to breed trouble, especially when the sun goes down.

1 The Steps Outside Flinders Street Station

Despite the heavy police presence, the steps outside Flinders Street station continues to attract its share of trouble-makers and religious fanatics. It's never a pleasant experience sifting through such characters to catch the 10.48pm train home. The best alternative is to veer left and use the turnstiles opposite Federation Square instead.

Credit: Marcus Wong

2 Swanston Street - McDonald's and Hungry Jack's

24 hour restaurants are a haven for drunks and angry clubbers who are still feeling the effects of that last Jager shot. The McDonald's and Hungry Jack's near the bottom of Swanston Street are prime examples. If you're in the city and have the munchies, wait until you get home to eat the left over Supreme you ordered before you went out.

3 The MCG after a Collingwood Loss

Okay, slightly tongue-in-cheek. Still, if you're walking past the MCG, try not to aggravate supporters of the losing club. It's just asking for a flag to be launched like a javelin. This goes for followers of all teams, not just the Magpies (well, maybe except for Kangaroos supporters, they're a pretty placid bunch).

Funnily enough, not many Collingwood supporters look like this. Credit

Got any other spots you feel should be avoided? Please feel free to comment below.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  112
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Because you can never be too safe
Where: Melbourne
Your Comment
So true....
by tskil (score: 0|5) 2986 days ago
Gatwick Hotel, Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
by miche (score: 0|8) 2970 days ago
what about Dandenong the train station is always patrolled but itsw not safe. also walking round Dandenong after dark is just asking for trouble even if your the biggest person or a top fighter . people in packs do not care they are out to cause harm .
by info (score: 0|2) 2982 days ago
watch out for taxi drivers looking for drunk chicks to pick up , they may seem nice but there is nothing for free, you pay one way or another! this is not all taxi drivers but keep it in mind .
by info (score: 0|2) 2982 days ago
If Collingwood are losing just steer clear of the MCG at three quarter time when they will all be leaving.
by info (score: 0|6) 2982 days ago
I think King St late at night would rate a mention..
by jack (score: 0|2) 2985 days ago
I am new here but I hear Sunshine station on the news all the time for the wrong reasons
by Harri29 (score: 0|2) 2984 days ago
Somehow springvale, footscray and ringwood station did make thislist......
by andre244 (score: 0|2) 2985 days ago
Frankston after dark
by lukes1 (score: 0|2) 2985 days ago
Avoid Frankston when they're holding an Ironman event. You can't go any without coming to a dead end
by pamco (score: 0|2) 2986 days ago
King St after dark looks dodgy (as I drive through with windows up tight & doors locked)
Too many seedy 'gentlemen's clubs.'...
It's worse at dawn when many 'workers' of these clubs are heading home.
I've never seen so many ladies with 5 o'clock shadow....
by geoff51 (score: 0|2) 2970 days ago
More Melbourne articles
Articles from other cities
Top Events
Popular Articles