Melbourne in detail

Health & insurance

Before You Go

Health Insurance

Health insurance is recommended for all visitors, even for those from countries that have reciprocal health-care agreements with Australia. Make sure you have appropriate cover if you plan on taking on any activities deemed risky, such as skiing, rock climbing or diving.

In Melbourne

Tap Water

Tap water is safe to drink.

Medical Services

Visitors from Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK have reciprocal health-care agreements with Australia and can access some free or subsidised health services through Medicare; see for more details.

If you've been bitten by a snake or spider or have consumed something you think might be poisonous, contact the Victorian Poisons Information Centre for advice.


Emergency Rooms