Australia is a great destination to travel solo and for road trips too. There are so many unique places that match any solo travel style.
As a solo traveller, you may feel overwhelmed because of the vast distances that you need to consider, before choosing destinations to travel alone. I would pick places you feel comfortable with, not only regarding what you can there but also regarding transportation options.
Places to start your Trip in Australia Alone
As a first time traveller to Australia, you are better off starting your journey from the main Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne and Perth and Adelaide. These are the safest places to visit in Australia on your own, as a woman, that I highly recommend to all first-time solo female travellers, if you don’t feel like going on a self-driving itinerary.
While activities and attractions are abundant in all Australian cities, you can also use small towns as the central hub for further explorations of the surroundings. Cities like Melbourne and Sydney are top solo destinations in Australia where to start your trip with many exciting things to do without having to drive long distances. It’s easy to see Sydney alone and explore its surroundings by public transport.
From Melbourne, you can go by bus and visit small towns like Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and if you feel confident about driving solo, go on easy day-trips from Melbourne.
If you can consider self-driving, then you have it all. Australia is a beautiful country for road trips. From rural areas to scenic coastal drives to remote Outback regions, you name it.
Here a list of the best places I have discovered by going on road trips over 15 years of solo travel adventures in Australia.
Best Places to Travel Alone in Australia
Here is a list of top places for travelling alone in Australia. They are absolutely no-brainer, and everyone can embrace these adventures, even if you travel by yourself for the first time. I have gone to these places by myself several times with rental cars as well as using public transportation.
Driving in Australia does not require exceptional skills as long as you drive on sealed tracks. In remote Outback areas, however, you need a certain level of experience as four-wheel-drive is strictly necessary on unsealed roads. Moreover, weather conditions can make it difficult and dangerous. Therefore before venturing out alone on a road trip across the Australian Outback, consider whether this is something you feel comfortable with and meet your level of driving experience.
The Great Ocean Road Trip
After discovering Melbourne alone, a beautiful 300 km coastal drive awaits you. It may be a bit demanding as there are lots of turns and bends, but the scenery makes up for the effort. Along your way, there are many places to visit and activities to do offering time for resting too. Plan at least 2-3 days to make the most of this fascinating coastal drive. I can recommend hiring a car in Melbourne and taking an inland detour to the Grampians National Park on your way back.
Here you can read more about the best places to travel alone on the Great Ocean Road Trip.
From Alice Springs to Ayers Rock
There are many myths about Uluru and the Red Centre. You will be amazed at how easy this road trip is to travel alone. Just keep driving straight ahead of you for hundreds of kilometres. You don’t need to hire a four-wheel-drive car, as the route is entirely on sealed roads. The 440km from Alice Springs to Yulara Resort and 330 km from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon are reasonable distances that everyone can easily travel alone.
A first stop could be the Rim Walk in Kings Canyon, with one night at the Kings Canyon Resort and then drive further to Ayers Rock for two more nights. On this post, you can read about my tips for driving to Uluru.
My tip: plan four days for the Solo Road Trip To Uluru.
A Solo Trip from Perth to Margaret River
After visiting Perth Alone, 300km south of the city lies one of the most surprising regions for Food and Wine in Australia. It’s a pleasant and comfortable highway drive to get there. You will need a car to explore the area between Margaret River, Busselton and the Geographe Bay region.
My tip: Add extra 200-300 km and travel to Walpole, Denmark and further south to Albany to visit the wild coastal landscapes and see the famous Tall Trees. All roads are sealed and in right conditions — plan at least 4-5 days for Margaret River, exploring the Geographe Bay Region, plus 4-5 days for travelling South Western Australia.
Travelling Alone Down South Western Australia
If you can plan more than a week, then I would drive further down south and visit more of the beautiful South West Australia. I went on a 10-day solo road trip down south the West Coast and explored one of the most ancient with the highest biodiversity in the world. It’s one of my favourites places for solo adventures in Australia. On this post, you can read about how to discover South Western Australia on your own.
Exploring the Central East Coast of Australia from Sydney to Cairns
Probably among the most popular destinations for a solo backpacking trip, the East Coast Australia ranks high on the list of all solo travellers in Australia. Queensland hosts hundreds of backpackers in summer on their Australian Working Holiday and it’s an ideal destination for everyone wanting to spend some time alone, yet not feeling completely lonely.
While hiring a car in Australia is probably a more relaxed way to travel up from Sydney up to Cairns, you can also use public buses and make your way up with Greyhound. You will be able to stop along your way as much as you like and spend time at the lovely beaches in Byron Bay, soaking in the great weather at the popular and busy Gold Coast and enjoying the Sunshine Coast.
Further north from Airlie Beach you can explore the Whitsundays Islands, drive to Rockhampton and along the Capricorn Coast,
If driving alone is not your thing, there are more options to travelling around on the East Coast of Australia. There are many local train and bus networks, like Greyhound, which offers excellent bus passes. Plan at least 3-4 weeks from Sydney to Cairns to make the most of your time alone on the East Coast.
Discover Australia Gold Coast Hinterland
Another top place to travel alone is the East Coast of Australia along the Gold Coast. I first went to Coolangatta in 2013 ago and visited Coolangatta coming from South Wales. Later on, I spent six weeks in Mermaid Beach, while house-sitting in Australia. This is a great way of visiting alone Australia on a budget and saving money on accommodation which can be quite expensive for a single traveller.
I think the Gold Coast is an excellent place to be in Australia for solos too. Despite being a bit touristy, it does offer everything to any type of traveller, with a variety of fun outdoor activities, festivals and amenities that is hard to beat.
You can also escape the crowds and drive inland to the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland for more outdoor explorations and great walks in nature.
Driving Alone from Cairns to Cape Tribulation
Two more great road trips for solo travellers are in North Tropical Queensland. The first trip is from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, where you can visit Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge. It can be done either as a day-trip or by staying overnight at Cape Tribulation in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. The tropical region offers next to spectacular rainforest scenery with solo walks and cruises, abundant fruits, coffee plantations, hills and mountains, gorges and waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands. Another great trip to go alone is the ride from Cairns across the Atherton Tablelands.
Hiking Solo in Tasmania
If you love hiking and are thinking of exploring alone more of Australia, then I’d recommend Tasmania as one of the best destinations for hiking solo in Australia. I have gone on several walks alone and loved it. I also went on a solo road trip of the East Coast and explored the Freycinet National Parks and recently I did the Three Capes Track Walk on my own.
The right places to visit Australia Alone
The destinations I have listed on this page are suitable for all kinds of solo travellers, from beginner to more experienced, with different level of skills. I have travelled also to remote regions of Australia’s Outback alone, that I haven’t listed in here. I’m sure, among this list, you will find the right places to travel alone, that will make you want to explore more of Australia.
Now over to you: What are your best places for travelling alone in Australia? If you have a road trip that you can recommend for the solo traveller, please share it with us. Thanks!
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How to organise your Time Travelling Alone in Australia
The best way to organise your time travelling alone around Australia is driving. You may prefer self-driving than guided day trips, depending on your driving skills. Solo road trips are good fun, and there are many easy routes for solo travellers too. You can also combine self-driving with guided-tours and public transport. Here all the tools I use for planning my solo adventures in Australia.
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