Solo Travel in Australia
A Complete Guide To Solo Travel in Australia
Solo Travel in Australia is comfortable and safe. It is, in fact, a fabulous destination for women who want to start travelling alone for the first time and enjoy the sunburnt country at a slow pace. From backpacking to road tripping, to hiking in its amazing natural landmarks, Australia is one of the safest destinations for travellers, of any age, who love to solo travel and have peace of mind.
My first visit to Australia was in 2004, on a gap year. Since then I have travelled solo around Australia for over 15 years. Over this time I put together +100 thousands km of adventures by air, land, and sea. From backpacking to bus and train journeys to road trips and four-wheel-drive adventures, I have embraced the solo travel in Australia at all stages.
I love Australia, and that's why I have put together this Australia Solo Travel Guide. Here you find everything you need to make a solo travel plan with first-hand tips and advice.
Is It Safe To Travel Alone In Australia?
If you are wondering if it is safe to solo travel Australia, as a woman, I say yes, it's the perfect country for solos and especially for single women. Thanks to the low crime rate and the stable economy it makes of Australia to the first-choice destination for those who are venturing in their first solo escapes. And with a double benefit. On the one hand, you get yourself out of your comfort zone and see how to get by; on the other hand, you learn many little practical things that are hard to experiment somewhere else. Australia is a top country for developing personal awareness, and by travelling alone you will build confidence and empower your self-esteem.
Good Reasons for Travelling Solo Around Australia
Why travel alone in the first place? Australia is such a big country and you may think that isolation and vastness would make a solo traveller not feel comfortable. Based on my experience, I can tell you that it's very easy to get around and you will never feel alone.
- The incredible natural beauty of Australia is one of the top attractions for the curious traveller. If you love nature, the wilderness, and animals, Australia will amaze you.
- The friendliness of the locals Australians are friendly and love people. The locals are very social, always happy to help, so it's very easy to meet people and make new friends.
- The easiness of the country. It's almost impossible to get lost in Australia. If you travel to remote areas, being isolated can become challenging, but that's the fun part too.
Bond with the Locals
Visiting a new place and meeting the locals goes hand in hand in Australia. Outside of big cities, communities are small, so for someone travelling alone is almost impossible to go overseen. There will be plenty of people everywhere who spontaneously approach you. You will see how easy it is to strike up a conversation with strangers; this will help immensely build a bridge with the local community.
How is it to Travel Solo around Oz
Australia is a country that will immediately make you feel at home. People are friendly and welcoming. And that's a big plus. Many think that travelling solo around Australia is quite dull because of the long driving distances and the isolation you are going to face. I can tell you that it is far from that. It is genuinely the best way of practising many skills. More than in other world destinations, you will find yourself confronted with situations where you are alone and safe, even in remote places. So besides safety, friendliness is what makes Australia, for women travelling solo, the perfect destination.
What are the cons of travelling alone in Australia
Besides the many advantages of travelling alone around Australia, there are also some disadvantages worth mentioning here.
Travelling long distances
As a single traveller, you should always evaluate the case and make a thoughtful decision about your endurance skills and personal needs. and as a single traveller, you should make thoughtful decisions about what you can do alone and what and can't do.
Limitations on tours and activities
Most tours are offered with a minimum of two participants, and thirdly accommodation and transportation can drain your budget if you don't plan thoroughly, being Australia an expensive country.
Australia is an expensive country and to travel alone may end up costing more. Especially accommodation or private transportation. In hotels, you are bound to pay for single room supplements. But Australia has got fantastic hostels as a good option, offering single rooms and twins at affordable prices. Alternatively, you can hire a car or a small camper van unit, and stay at camping grounds for affordable prices.
TIP: I recommend to start with easy and short itineraries and then scale up to longer routes. Try out more challenging ways to solo travel around Australia when you feel more comfortable. Don't try to do too much on your first visit and make thoughtful decisions on destinations and ways of getting around.
Best Australian Destinations for Solos
There are many interesting destinations for travelling solo around Australia and, this is why it makes it to my favourite country when it comes to exploring new places, meeting people that share the same interests and are from a multicultural background. This guide below is a recap of the best places and destinations to see as a solo traveller to Australia. I recommend starting any journey from a city or a town and make all further arrangements from there.
The best Australian Cities for Solo Female Travellers
If you are just starting to travel by yourself, it would be a good idea to build your itinerary with one or two solo getaways from Melbourne to Sydney, or Perth, or Brisbane, or Adelaide or Hobart. These are the capital cities of each state in Australia and the best and easy way to start any solo adventure.
Sydney New South Wales
Sydney is a spectacular city also offering a lot of things to do. Ideally, I would combine Sydney and Melbourne on your first to Australia. When in Sydney, you can visit places like the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach. There are a lot of fun things to do in Sydney's surrounds.
Our Pick for the Best Tour in Sydney >> Grand Scenic Helicopter Tour
From Sydney, most travellers tend to choose the most travelled path, the North East Coast. If you prefer a less busy, yet even more beautiful coastline, then head south and travel clockwise to Melbourne. I loved this part on my first solo trip. From Sydney to Melbourne via Kiama, Batesman Bay, Merimbula, Eden and Lakes Entrance. You can do it by bus or on a self-drive to discover more of the inland and coastal places. This is a great way to see all the south-east coast sights of Australia.
Tip: To get into the city from the airport use the city train. It only takes 15 minutes and it's the fastest and cheapest (below 20 AUD). If you get a free Oval Card it's very convenient to travel around the city on public transportation. No. 555 bus is free within the CBD.
Melbourne is a great city if you love food, culture, and bushwalking too. It's probably the best destination to start with shorter driving distances and great outdoor experiences. The city offers a variety of things to do that is hard to beat. Also, if you are a sports lover, watching Tennis at the Open in January, or cricket or a Rugby match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is an experience you don't want to miss out. From Melbourne, there are also many opportunities for easy road trips within 100-300 kilometres you can get to Wilsons Promontory or to the Great Ocean Road.
Tip: To get to the city from Tullamarine airport use the Skybus. For 19.50 AUD you get into the city in 30 minutes and further to St. Kilda, and Mornington Peninsula too. To travel around the CBD, use the free trams.
Adelaide South Australia
Adelaide is not on many solos routes, but I recommend it if you like a less party place and more into food and wine experience, love beaches and nature at its best. South Australia offers great vineyards and a truly beautiful coastline. A must-do thing is a trip to Barossa Valley. And of course the getaway to solo road-tripping on Kangaroo Island. There are more tours to take, near Adelaide.
Our pick for the best day tour >> A full day- 4WD Trip to McLaren Vale
Perth Western Australia
Perth is the most isolated city in Australia but great if you love road-tripping. And my favourite destination among all places to visit alone in Australia. Over the past 10 years it has developed to a very modern city of over 2 million population yet it has preserved the vibe of a small city. There are so many things to do there, for outdoor enthusiasts, and I would rate Perth as the top destination to travel alone in Western Australia and getaway to more places down-south. It is also a top region for adventurous 4WD road trips. But you just don't have to travel up the entire coast, you can choose easy to moderate length of journey and start with a tour of the Margaret River Region or drive further south to Albany, which is a paradise if you love hiking.
Brisbane is not an extraordinary city but the hub if you plan to travel north along the East Coast and explore more of Tropical North Queensland. From Brisbane, you can include the Sunshine Coast and The Gold Coast in your route, to then head further north to Cairns. It's super well-connected by bus, air and there is an efficient train network. Also if you are a beach-goer but also love hiking and getting out in nature, only one hour drive from Brisbane there are beautiful national parks with top walking trails. To name one the Lamington National Park, or further south you can travel to the popular beaches of Byron Bay and spend a weekend there.
Australia Solo Travel Itinerary
There are many interesting destinations for travelling solo in Australia and, this is why it makes it to my favourite country when it comes to exploring new places, meeting like-minded travellers that share the same interest and come from a multicultural background. This guide below is a recap of the best destinations to see either on your first-time visit to Australia or on repeated travel where you want to explore the lesser-known sights.
East Coast from Sydney to Cairns
There are many short day-trips that you can build into your solo travel plan without having to rent a car too. Australian cities are well connected in metropolitan areas, and public transport in Australia works well. The East Coast region offers many opportunities for outdoor activities as well as entertainment and cultural experiences. And this is where most women travelling on their own start their journey.
If you love to spend time on the East Coast of Australia, you have 4.000 km of coast to stop along your way. The easiest way to travel is to get a bus pass from Greyhound and go on a hop-on-hop-off ride, but if you feel more adventurous, I would fly and drive and plan in 3-5 stop-over cities and main towns where to start your further explorations. Be prepared for crowds, this is, in fact, the busiest coastal stretch in Australia, where most backpackers gather. Let's take a deeper look at each segment and itinerary ideas for your solo getaways:
- Queensland‘s coastline stretches its coast from Brisbane to Cairns and further north to Cape York; it's home to many attractions in Northern Australia and it is also the most visited state by locals and international travellers alike. So for females who love to travel alone, probably the best destination among all places in Australia if you don't fancy travelling to isolated places and enjoy more of the vibe, Queensland is the place.
- Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and one of the 7 Wonders of the World. So you wouldn't want to miss out on this when visiting Australia as a first-timer. I recommend spending some time in Cairns and then hire a car and tour the region of North Tropical Queensland. It's easy to get around and offers excellent escapes in the national parks and the Atherton Tablelands.
- Snorkelling and diving are the main activities you can try on the Great Barrier Reef, but there are plenty of fun water sports and outdoor activities you can try.
- More interesting things to do for solos is sailing and going on boat trips. A glamorous place you can visit on your own is a weekend getaway to the Whitsundays islands, starting from Airlie Beach.
- Gold Coast from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach are not only good for family with kids, but it is also a great place if you are travelling alone. There are excellent spots for beach and walking holidays. You can tour the region by bus, train and also by car on easy day-trips from your accommodation in town.
- Fraser Island is also great but for more adventurous experiences like dunes and 4WD adventures. I'd recommend going on a tour when visiting Fraser Island, as the island isn't easy to explore on your own and driving a 4WD on dunes can be challenging.
Tip 1: If you only have 1 week or 10 days, I'd pick Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown and the far north destinations in Queensland, including the Atherton Tablelands, Townsville, Magnetic Island etc. This is by far the place that offers many diversified attractions and a wide range of activities.
Tip 2: If you have 3-4 weeks, I would try to focus on 3-4 destinations as well, including the Gold Coast with Byron Bay, the Sunshine Coast with Noosa, Fraser Island on a 2-day guided Tour and Cairns with North Tropical Queensland to complete your itinerary.
Exploring The Australian Outback
- You don't have to venture on demanding solo road trips across the country if you want to see some of Australia's Outback. By train, you can go from Sydney to Broken Hill to visit lesser-known and beautiful Outback towns like Cunumalla.
- All the major Outback attractions are also doable on easy road trips like Uluru and Kings Canyon. You can fly from Sydney or Melbourne to Alice Springs and from there hire a car to go on a road trip to Uluru.
- Broome is another great places in North Western Australia for female solo visitors. Starting from Perth and heading up the West Coast, this is a long trip that you can do with fly and drive or on a 5-10-day tour. There is a wealth of fun things to do in Broome, including walking, biking, swimming, beach driving, wellness activities, shopping, and also 4WD beach driving. So no shortage of activities if you love the beach and the red sand of the Outback.
- The Northern Territory and especially the Top End Region is full of amazing national parks such as the Kakadu National Park. If you are adventurous you can keep going on a round-trip, traverse the Kimberley to see more Outback towns. For further explorations of Kakadu, I recommend joining a tour, if you don't want to drive alone on a 4WD vehicle. That stretch of land is quite demanding.
- Darwin is the northernmost Australian City, and because of its isolation, it's not likely to be on every solo traveller's itinerary. It nonetheless offers a lot for explorations both in the city and its surrounds. It is worth considering to travel to Darwin if you are alone.
Tip 1: I suggest flying from Sydney or Melbourne or Adelaide and if you want to experience something special, thank take a train ride on board of the Ghan (I loved that train ride). If you are on a budget then travelling by bus from Kununurra to Darwin is also a viable option.
Tip 2.: If you are on long term travel, I'd try to include as much Outback places as you can. The Red Centre that you can visit by flying to Alice Springs, you can add a train ride north to Darwin and from there take the bus to Kununurra, East Kimberley. This is an easy destination that you can do on your own, but for further explorations of the Gibb River Road, then joining a tour is a sensible thing to do.
Hiking in Tasmania
Tasmania, an isolated and most beautiful island state off Australia’s south coast. This place feels very different from the rest of the country, and it's a paradise for all lovers of hiking and camping adventure. I went to Tasmania 3 times, in a solo backpacking trip plus a 5-day tour, then on a road trip and finally on a solo hiking adventure.
Tip: Allocate at least ten days to your Tasmania itinerary. The best way to explore Tasmania's attractions is to travel on your own, hire a car and go on a Solo Road trip of Tasmania's East Coast.
If you want to maximise your time, join day-tours to those attractions that are remote and imply more knowledge, like Cradle Mountain, Bruny Island, etc.
Backpacking Solo in Australia
There aren't many warnings that come to mind when I think of Australia as a solo backpacker. While the country gives you this immense feeling of freedom, when you travel alone, you must be sure that you know where you are going and know how to get around. Apart from that, don't worry, you will not be alone! Australia and New Zealand are top destinations for backpackers, and thousands of them travel alone, mostly on a hop-on-hop-off bus pass. So there are just so many opportunities to meet like-minded travellers.
Backpacking is the way to go if you want to travel to Australia on a budget.
Australia is very much different from highly populated countries like Europe or the US: where no matter where you are, you are close to urbanised areas. In Australia, once you are in remote areas, you are cut off from civilisation and often, there is no internet nor phone coverage. To give you in-depth advice on how to get started with your solo backpacking adventure, I have put together a guide for solo women who want to go backpacking in Australia.a
Australia Road Trips for Solos
I cannot stop emphasizing that Australia is all about Road Tripping. But I'm also aware that when you are on your own, it's easier to use public transportation or join a tour rather than hire a car and hit the road alone. I did the same on my first travels but once I tried driving with a friend, I realised that it's so much fun and a very rewarding way of exploring the country. I have gone on 14 road trips, of which 10 completely solo.
Here is what I recommend to every woman who loves to get out and about on her own and embrace solo driving in Australia:
Uluru (Ayers Rock) from Alice Springs
If you are a newbie, the road trip from Alice Springs to Uluru is the best. I can recommend to anyone willing to try out road-tripping alone in Australia. This is the easiest road trip ever. From Alice Spring is just 440 km on sealed roads and all straight ahead with no traffic. The distance to travel in a loop is nearly 900 kilometres, but if you add Kings Canyon it will be 1500 km to do on 4 days. Read more my Tips for Travelling to Uluru.
Albany WA from Perth
This is another route that I did solo and loved it. You can plan it as a long weekend getaway or an extended itinerary, when including Margaret River. It's easy to drive, and there are many stop-overs along your way. One of nicest drives I have done in Western Australia, best if you love nature at its best with beautiful, beaches, forests, hiking, national parks and excellent food. Here is my article with what to see and do in Albany Wa.
Cairns to Cape Tribulation and Atherton Tableland
If you are unsure what to pick and where to go on a driving adventure on the East Coast of Australia I wouldn't think twice, head north to the Tropical paradise. Fly from any city, Sydney, Brisbane Melbourne or Perth and hire a car locally. This is the most varied driving route I did in terms of scenic landscapes, outdoor activities, beaches, indigenous culture and heritage sites as well as food experiences. A road trip from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in North Queensland.
Best Ways of Travelling Alone Australia
If you plan a trip to Australia the most important thing when building your Australia Itinerary is to make sure you choose transportation you feel comfortable with but at the same time fits well with your time frame and schedule.
Here below my best tips for travelling alone around Australia:
Flying within Australia
Planning a trip to Australia implies at least a few internal flights to travel around the country. If you plan to hit up more destinations across the country, you may have to put up with 4-5 flights. That's why I would only focus your trip either on the West or the East for the first trip. Flight are usually from a bigger city to a small town or regional Australian destinations. But once you get there, the choice would be: renting a car, going on a tour or travelling by bus. Choose the type of transportation carefully as this will make a lot of difference between time and experience. Flights between cities start from 50 dollars to a few hundred. If you fly with a carry-on only, it's cheaper, and there are many flights during the day. Carefully check what's your luggage weight is cause some low-cost airlines only accept 15 kg for checked bags.
Here is our guide about baggage rules and allowance in Australia.
Bus Travel for the Solo Traveller
Bus travel in Australia is after flying the most popular way of getting around if you like to go alone. There is an excellent bus network in Australia, mostly on the East Coast. But the Western Coast is also improving. However beware that timetable and routes change quite often for those remote regions of Australia, so you may have to be more flexible. Make sure that your bus schedule is 100% confirmed before purchasing your bus tickets. There is also the possibility of buying a Bus Pass from Greyhound; there are many to choose from, and, they are excellent.
Train Journeys in Australia for Solos
Travelling by train in Australia isn't a usual thing to do. Most international travellers think is only possible in cities and metropolitan areas. Although the train network is perfect within cities and in the suburban areas, there are also the long-distance rail journeys that are more of a holiday itself rather than just a transportation mode. They aren't cheap fares though. On the contrary, it is expensive to travel on these trains. I would consider them if you want to celebrate a special birthday, like 50 or 60 years old, or if you want to treat yourself to something unique.
The two more popular rail journeys are The Ghan and the Indian Pacific. I loved train travel in Australia and can highly recommend both of them. There is only one significant disadvantage; these trains ride only once a week or maximum twice a week, which means you have to tweak your itinerary to fit it into your schedule. I have gone all this way by myself and know how much planning is involved with this, as seats and cabins get sold out quickly so book 6-10 months ahead.
Driving Solo Around Australia
Driving in Australia is not for everyone; I must admit. I also didn't start with self-driving, because I was scared to drive alone. But that belongs to the past and I can tell you that it is ideal to have a great solo experience and also one of the best I have had in 15 years of travels in Australia. It doesn't have to be extreme conditions, or in very remote regions; you can also drive from the main cities and take short trips. If you plan longer than seven days in remote regions, you can consider hiring a campervan with two berths which are perfect for solo self-drives. Camping sites in Australia are excellent value, and in some remote areas, there are free campsites.
Accommodation in Australia For The Solo Female Traveller
Australia is a friendly destination that offers so many options for staying overnight, also for women who travel alone. There are good types of accommodation in cities as well as in suburban regions. However, if you travel to the Australian Outback, you will have to plan it a bit more carefully as fewer options are available and often these are not inexpensive.
Here is a list of accommodation options that I recommend to women travelling alone around Australia.
Staying in Australian hostels is where I would start, regardless of what your budget is and whether or not you intend to go backpacking. You can choose from a private room with shared bathroom (some hostels offer en-suite bathroom too) to female dorms (4-8 beds) to twin rooms if you want to share with another female. The reason why I suggest hostels in cities is because if you fear of being lonely, staying in a hostel is probably the best cure for anxiety or the common feeling-blue-syndrome. It is also the quickest way to find a travel companion (if you are looking for one) or see a car-ride to your next destination. I recommend using YHA in Australia.
Airbnb in Australia is very popular and not only among solos. Many couples prefer staying privately, and not just because Airbnb is cheap. Through Airbnb, you can find truly unique places in beautiful houses with a special ambience that you will not get in any hotels. Furthermore, in remote regions, there are only fewer types of accommodation available.
If luxury lodges or camping solo is not your thing, the only reasonable option is staying privately in Australia. As a solo traveller myself, this is my favourite type of accommodation in Australia on the cheap. There is only one warning, Airbnb is not as cheap as hostels. Expect to pay between 60-150 dollars per night for a private room or small apartments. Sixty dollars is what you can imagine paying in smaller towns, 80-100 dollars in cities and 100-160 dollars in remote regions. So if you have a higher budget and treasure a more intimate ambience that I believe a private stay in Australia is the right for you. You can use my link to get a special discount on your first booking with Airbnb. If you haven't tried it out yet, here is a complete guide on how to use Airbnb.
Camping is not something for everyone, but if you love a bit of adventure and want to discover more of the lesser-known sites, then you will enjoy camping in Australia. It is by far the preferred way of travelling around by Australians. Having tried it myself, I know what it's like camping in the middle of nowhere and soak in the pure isolation and peacefulness of a place. Camping isn't always as relaxing as you may imagine, though. I found it quite demanding and depending on the route you may have to be well prepared. As a first-timer, you need to evaluate well the travel routes and check the facilities available. Try something short for 5-7 days only and see how you go.
Housesitting is good for those who want to spend 4 weeks or longer in Australia. I will first consider a house sit in Australia if you plan a vacation from 6 weeks to 3 or more months. In that case, I find that house sitting the best way to keep the accommodation costs down and support long-term travels. I have done that over the past four years and loved it. I wouldn't have been able to solo travel long term and spend between 3-6 months in Australia without these house-sit tips for Australia.
Hotels for the Solo Traveller in Australia
Hotels are notoriously famous for being expensive when you travel alone. Paying for the so-called “invisible person” isn't fun and it can drain your budget. Hotels in Australia aren't cheap. I'd prefer a smaller family-run B&B or a small boutique hotel if you don't fancy hostels or private accommodation. They offer a cosy ambience, more personal approach and lots of facilities. It's always worth browsing through booking.com, sometimes you may also find a good deal from big hotel chains too.
How To Plan Solo Female Travel in Australia
If you think that you can visit Australia in 2 or 3 weeks itinerary, you will be very disappointed. You will not be able to see it all even if you have six or ten months. In 15 years of travels, I have probably seen 75% of the country. So you get a picture of how big Australia is. And planning a trip to Australia isn't easy.
For my first travel to Australia, I spent six months (with no blogs or ebooks nor internet). Nowadays it's easier, but if you are not well prepared and know all the important things to make a good travel plan, you may end up spending money and time in things that you may not be interested.
So if you are willing to set off on your own and don't know where to start with planning your trip, I've got you covered.
Travelling Tips for any Solo Travel Itinerary in Australia
Here are my best travelling tips for women planning to solo travel in Australia:
Make a distance-proof travel plan
First, use Google Maps to check travel distances in Australia. Let's say you want to travel from Sydney to Adelaide; Google Maps also identifies all travel options to your destination. Do this search for each single trip leg to have a complete picture of the time you need to get from A to B and how to best fit this into your holiday. Here you find 7 of the best travel apps for Australia.
Consider alternatives to flying
For solo travellers, it's easier to fly from A to B, as flying is the fastest way of getting around the country. I recommend going on solo road trips with rental cars or using public transportation like regional trains, coaches and buses because this is by far a better way to experience the vastness of the country and the rich landscape diversity of Australia.
Go Road Tripping
If you are a first-time traveller to Australia, start with easy and short itineraries, use two-wheel-cars and drive on bitumen roads, drive in a loop, starting from one main hub city, planning as many stopovers as you can on the way to your destination. Don't miss out on a fun self-driving experience.
Allocate the right time to each trip leg
Whether your trip is two weeks or three months, timing is critical. For Uluru and Kings Canyon you will need four days and four nights. Not more than that. For the Great Ocean Road, three days allows you to see it at a slow pace and spend a whole day at the 12 Apostles. Learn more on how to your plan your trip to Australia with confidence.
Don't go Solo to join Groups
If you’re travelling solo and are a newbie, you may want to start with one-third of the time on your own and the rest of it on tours, or maybe half-half, between guided trips and a half on your own. The aim is to travel as much as you can on your own and become independent. Don't overdo with tours, try to travel solo and by yourself.
Choose the right tours
Sometimes a tour can be golden because you see places you wouldn't otherwise be able to see. From river cruising, wildlife viewing, indigenous and cultural explorations, outdoor adventures, snorkelling or scuba-diving, or hands-on food and wine tours, there are many high-value tours on offer that can enrich the overall solo travelling experience in Australia. You can check my handpicked tours here.
Match the itinerary to the purpose of your trip
Do you want to learn to surf, hike in national parks, watch wildlife, or indulge in food and wine tastings? If you start with a clear idea about the type of activities and travel you have in mind, it will be easier to match destinations and optimise your time too.
Travel Australia at the best time of year
If you are keen on snorkelling and water sports, then Northern Australia is your place, and you need to travel in winter between May and October to make the most of your time. December to March will be a good time of the year for visiting Australia in the Southern part; if you are a beach-goer or love hiking that's the best time to go.
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When to go on Solo Travel Tours in Australia
I know, many women plan to travel alone, but then end up joining a Tour of Australia. It's easy to opt for a guided tour and not take the time and effort to craft your adventure and go alone. There are many pros and cons of tours and choosing a trip isn't something you take lightly. I don't recommend tours of Australia, with very few exceptions. Firstly Australia is so easy to get around, there isn't much point of locking in all your time even if you are alone.
But I also admit that some parts of Australia are challenging to explore solo. Unless you feel confident it touring them by yourself, I won't go through the hassle. So in that case, is better to choose designated tours that fulfil the purpose, i.e. they allow you to explore remote regions or doing special activities in Australia that you wouldn't otherwise see or do alone.
As a solo traveller myself, I can tell you many stories about my travels.
Here are crucial things that you should consider when selecting tours in Australia:
Group Tours in Australia vs Going Solo
Be clear what's the primary purpose and reason for you to join a group tour. Is it the destination, the activities or just fear of being alone? In the beginning, it's easier to go on guided tours; it takes off you much work like researching and planning. But there are reasons to refrain joining tours.
TIP: Try not to lock in all your time with tours. Leave the easy to moderate part of your journey for yourself, and go on tours that cover the most challenging part of your trip. Give yourself a chance and push yourself to the limits. Try to extend your comfort zone while exploring more solo than in a group. Finally, solo travel is all about travelling by yourself. And Australia is a great country to test out your skills.
What type of Australia Tours to choose
Day-tours in Australia are the best choice. In this segment, you have all day tours, covering activities like snorkelling, sports, outdoor adventures, food & wine and many more. But 3-5 day tours can be great too. They are traditionally active tours, like hiking, bushwalking, sailing, 4WD-adventure and more, where it is fun going with a group.
Walking tours are also popular among female travellers and a fun way to meet people and make new friends when you travel around the country.
TIP: I recommend evaluating each single tour element and see if it fits well with what you want to do and see and whether you can commit to the entire program. If you cannot find anything that suits you, split the entire route into several trip segments and choose tours for the most challenging part.
Cost of Tours in Australia
Australia Tours are known to be expensive. And they indeed are. But depending on the destination and the type of transportation, a tour may turn out cheaper than the entire cost of travelling by yourself. If you travel solo, you will have to choose tours that are a good alternative to exploring the places you have in mind but also help you save money on transportation in Australia. Here is an article about how to Weigh up all the pros and cons of solo vs groups.
TIP: Don't overdo with tours in Australia, they are not inexpensive, and they can quickly drain all your budget, so the rule of thumb is not to invest more than 25-30% of the time on tours.
Walking Tours in Australia
I know that being on the road entirely on your own can be quite tiring. That's why building in breaks with day-tours or multi-day guided trips it's a way of rewarding yourself and refill with energy. That's why considering a short break can be a great way to balance out your solo travels. Having someone else who looks after the organisation of your journey for one or two days, including where to stay overnight, and what to do is a treat that you deserve.
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Websites and Resources for Solo Travel in Australia
Here below some good resources when travelling alone around Australia:
- Meetup if you want to go catch up with a group of locals (in cities) for walks, events, parties.
- Imfree Great free tours and chances to meet up with a local tour guide in Sydney and Melbourne.
- Airbnb Experiences are a great and fun way to join tours organised by Airbnb hosts.
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