I feel Melbourne is safe as Singapore....unless you are the kind that flashes his gold chain and fat wallet around town lor. Try not to carry too much gear...u should know what you going to shoot that day. select your lens carefully lor.
Dun think it is ideal to bring your laptop/notebook around. Unless you are planning to go for a faraway trip. abit here and there will eventually weight quite a fair bit.
If you walk around Melbourne. Dun miss the Shrine of Remembrance in the evening.....a great place for landscape. Buy a full day ticket if you plan to use public transport...coz you can use trams trains and buses altogether the whole day. cost about $9 dollars per person. Trams is the best mode of transport...u can see the asian suburbs like BoxHill or Richmond. Tram109 will take you there...if you wait in front of Myer or David Jones Department stores in the city...When you reach Box Hill, you can take the train across the road in a predominantly chinese/asians shopping strips....
On the same tram, you will pass Richmond, a vietnamese suburb too....these areas is very safe in daytime.....night time quiet...due to most shops closed around 7pm.
Safe enough and I feel, as safe as SG if you are a bit careful. Mind you, SGians are a bit careless at times, leaving their bags open and stuff around :nono: . Don't. Act defensively esp with expensive equipment around, just like anywhere.
I went around Melbourne alone with my bag last year for a trip back. Shot late at night still no trouble.
As a general rule Australia is very safe for tourists, hwoever there are a few ground rules travellers should consider.
1) Never leave camera kit or bags in open view in an unattended vehicle, or in the Glove box. Local car thieves frequently target hire cars for a quick break in.
2) Don't give your camera to strangers to take photos of you and your group. This one requires a bit of clarification, 9 times out of 10 you'll be safe in doing this but it's the 1 in 10 snatch and run type of thief that often haunts well known tourist traps such as the rocks.
3) Keep a copy of serial numbers etc for all your kit with you and also in your luggage. This way if your gear is stolen you can give the police serial numbers which greatly enhances the chances of equipment recovery.
I've never had a problem here in Australia when shooting but it pays to be on your guard.
I think those Asians who live here long enough know how not to attract attention.
Generally we avoid loud shirts. we roll up the collars, wear a floppy hat and dark sunglasses. And we don't speak in high pitch. We whisper. When we go out we try to avoid places with people. The supermarkets close at midnight. That's when you see us out shopping. When we wait for buses we always stand in the shadows or hide behind a tree.
We also avoid eye contacts with people and walk with our heads down. When being spoken to we nod or shake our heads or use hand gestures. You'll be left alone if they know you are silent.