Is it illegal to drink alcohol in public in Australia?


Is it illegal to drink alcohol in public in Australia?

Drinking in public in Australia is generally illegal. New South Wales is the only state that has no legislation on this, meaning you can drink in public in NSW.

However, local council laws prevent you from public drinking in most of the places you would actually want to have a beer. Places like beaches and parks will normally be ‘alcohol free zones’.

Local authorities have the right to tip out your alcohol instead of calling the police.

You will most likely not be fined for drinking in public in Australia as most police offers will ‘turn a blind eye’ and instruct you to pour your booze on the ground.

Obviously this changes if you are being a public nuisance.

Drinking in public is illegal in;

  • Queensland
  • Victoria
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Tasmania
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory
Is it illegal to drink alcohol in public in Australia?

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