Shaun of the Dead, The Last Man on Earth, the Walking Dead, World War Z… If you’ve been browsing Netflix recently, you’ll know that the zombie apocalypse has been on everyone’s minds.
How long would you survive in a zombie apocalypse? That answer largely depends on how prepared you are – which means zombie-proofing your home, having enough canned goods to stay alive, and knowing where to go to have the best chance of staying safe.
With the challenge of how to survive a zombie apocalypse in mind, here are the best suburbs to hide out in if an outbreak occurs in Australia.
Berry Springs, Darwin, Northern Territory
Whether it be the aggressive crocs, deadly sea life, or beyond boiling temperatures, the Northern Territory isn’t necessarily associated with safety and survival. However, despite those assumptions, Darwin may be the safest city in Australia if you want to survive the zombie apocalypse. A survey done by Xbox and Melbourne University’s Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety shows that Darwin, with its isolated location and an increased likelihood that residents will bear arms, is where to go in the zombie apocalypse.
50% of residents in Darwin are also willing to let a stranger into their home for protection, making it the perfect place to be if you need to seek shelter and hide from zombies.
Within Darwin, Berry Springs is the ultimate safety location: with a low population density, and plenty of bushland, you’ll be able to hide from and fend off any incoming zombies – plus, the local crocs may be able to lend a helping hand.
Mount Cottrell, Melbourne, Victoria
For those in Melbourne worrying about a zombie apocalypse, Mount Cottrell is a prime location for survivors to gather. With clear views of the Melbourne skyline, it’s easy to keep an eye out for any zombies creeping over the horizon. Mount Cottrell is also located close enough to the CBD, which is filled with hidden laneways to duck down if you’re needing to get a zombie off your tail. The low population density of 6 people per square kilometer is also helpful as it minimises the risk of infection. North Shore and Northern Beaches, Sydney, New South Wales According to Xbox and Melbourne University’s survey, 40% of Sydneysiders believe they have what it takes to survive a zombie outbreak. However, this false sense of security and Sydney’s high population density increases the risk of infection in a zombie apocalypse. In short, Sydney may not the best place for surviving an outbreak.
However, have no fear- if you’re in Sydney when a zombie outbreak hits, the best places to go are those with a lower population density, such as Rouse Hill, or Berowra Creek. The North Shore and Northern Beaches are also a safe bet – if zombies try to cross the Harbour Bridge, you’ll have clear visibility and plenty of options to block the bridge off to stop them.
West End, Brisbane, Queensland
Half of Queenslanders worry that they won’t have enough access to food and water, so it’s important to situate yourself near a supermarket (or many supermarkets) in the event of a zombie apocalypse. The number of supermarkets in Brisbane’s West End is set to double by 2020, so you’ll have all the canned goods and supplies you can dream of.
Plus, Brisbane is also home to Australia’s top private hospital – an invaluable resource if you need to treat any wounds.
- Tharwa, Canberra. With less than one person per square kilometer, Tharwa is surrounded by the Bimberi Wilderness and offers plenty of seclusion if you’re looking to get away from zombies. However, you’ll struggle to find resources nearby unless you’re willing to head 22 km into Canberra’s CBD, so make sure you stock your house well in advance if you’re hiding out here.
- Devonport/Burnie, Tasmania. As a separate island, it’s no wonder that Tasmania would be an ideal location to hide out during the zombie apocalypse. Devonport and Burnie in Tasmania’s North West have a low population between 20,000 and 25,000 residents, plus Tasmania is surrounded by bushland, making it an advantageous terrain for hiding and finding bits of emergency bush tucker.
In short, the key on how to survive a zombie apocalypse is to find an area with low population density, plenty of visibility, and good access to supplies and medicine. Invest in the right real estate location, and plan ahead by zombie proofing your home, and you’ll put yourself in the best position possible to fend off hordes of zombies if an outbreak occurs.