Solo travel in Australia

Solo Travel in Australia

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Australia is an amazing destination to visit. Going to Australia for some is a once in a lifetime experience because of the distance to travel there. Below is our guide to how to travel solo in Australia as well as lots of practical information such as where to stay, which tour company to use and how to get around. Find out how to get from the airports and what to do in each place.

All companies included have been recommended by solo female travellers and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article.


Solo Travel in Australia

Solo travel in Australia is so easy that we've given it a 5 out of 5 star rating. Australia is known for its travelling culture so wherever you choose to start travelling you’re guaranteed to meet others en route. Backpacking Australia solo is really popular especially along the East Coast which is famous for its party atmosphere. Because of its ease, many gap-year and younger travellers choose to visit here to experience life down under before entering the job market.

If you are wondering “is Australia safe to travel to alone?” Then the answer is yes. Travelling solo in Australia as a woman is fine as most people are friendly but be prepared for some strange souls in the outback, especially in Katherine and Tenant Creek. Oz is great for a first timer. There are endless supplies of hostels and hotels and everyone speaks English. It really is a traveller’s dream.

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The stunning Whitsundays

Places to Visit in Australia


You can’t get much further from home than Australia and a trip down under is ideal for solo travel. It has sun, sand and plenty of surfer dudes to keep you entertained but with so many territories to see, where do you start? Follow our list of places to visit in Australia to help you to plan your trip.

If you like to party and meet other travellers then the East coast is one of the popular places in Australia to begin. As one of the best places to travel alone in Australia, you can fly into Cairns and travel down the Queensland coast. Cairns is also the gateway to Northern Australia where the rainforest meets the sea and from here you can explore Cape Tribulation which is one of the locations in Australia that is home to thousands of mammals, reptiles and plants. Spend an evening in an eco lodge to get back in touch with nature.

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Cape Tribulation (photo @ Petrina Wong)

Take the scenic railway through the Daintree National Park, see the waterfalls at Atherton Tablelands or take a stroll at the Mossman Gorge then relax at Cow Bay or the Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas.

The Great Barrier Reef runs along the Queensland coast and is one of the most famous places in Australia. The reef is a metropolis of coral and underwater life. Introductory dives are available for those who want to experience the reef for the first time from Fitzroy or Green Island (the instructor will even hold your hand).

Once you’ve experienced this wonder of the world head South for the real Australia where you can sample some Bundaberg rum in the fruit picking region.

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The Great Ocean Road (photo @ Petrina Wong)

Magnetic Island is a boat away from Townsville and they say that once you come here, you won’t want to leave. It’s a great place to hire a moke (a golf cart) and drive around the island but apart from the secluded beach of Radical Bay and the dairy-free ice-cream parlour, this island is no different to any other (unless you want to horse ride in the sea).

Fraser Island is a definite must-see. It's a huge sand island with stunning lakes where you can drive a 4WD along the beach. This is more of a camping experience but beware of the dingos and the tiger sharks. Experience the great nightlife at Airlie Beach then take a sailing trip around the islands of the Whitsundays.

Another of Australia's best places to visit is Whitehaven Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and you can see manta rays swimming along the shoreline. It’s also an ideal spot to clean any dull-looking jewellery in the crystal clear waters.

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Surfers Paradise

Brisbane doesn't have that much to do except visit the late Steve Irwin’s Brisbane Zoo and the riverside park. If you need more nightlife and some surf then Surfers Paradise is one of the best places to travel solo in Australia for surfing Girls about the Globe. This coastal city is the place to be with its ‘Miami feel’ and has plenty of fun for a solo traveller.

This is the place to hang out, catch some sun and take a ride in the many theme parks. Choose from Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World or Wet ‘n’ Wild. Stay in a hostel to find others willing to come along for the ride.

Just north of Brisbane is a region called Noosa with secluded beaches and cute arty shops with plenty of restaurants around Hastings Street. The main beach is great for swimming and there are no stingers here. If you prefer the hippy scene, visit Byron Bay for its incredibly laid back vibe or take a trip to Nimbin the ‘alternative capital of Australia’ for its arty, colourful community and lost souls. These area is great if you are backpacking Australia alone as you'll meet other travellers here too.

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Victoria is the next territory and known for its variety of sporting events. Melbourne hosts the Australian Open, the Grand Prix, Melbourne Cup and Aussie Rules football at the MGM. It’s also the fashion capital of Australia and is great for shopping and back-street cafe culture but you’ll need a local to find its exclusive hidden nightlife.

You’ll feel more at home in Melbourne with its four seasons in one day but if you’re looking for a more holiday-feel then take the tram to St Kilda where you can sit al fresco and watch people roller blading along the promenade.

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From Melbourne you can cruise along the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s epic drives. Bells Beach is en route and has great point breaks and was actually the setting of the film with the same name. Stop off at Port Campbell National Park to see the Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. Off the coast of Melbourne is Tasmania, one of the lesser-known tourist attractions in Australia but there is so much to see that we’ve given it its own page.

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New South Wales

If you're wondering where the best place to spend a week in Australia is then the answer is Sydney. Sydney lies in New South Wales and although it is not the country’s capital it has everything you would expect to find in one. Australia’s actual capital, Canberra, is 250km inland. The Parliament Building is the main focal point of the city which overlooks the lake but don't make the long trip here expecting too much as the capital is very understated.

Solo female travel in Sydney is so easy. There is much to see and do and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House are must sees for day tours in Sydney. Sydney makes solo travel in Australia so easy with so much to see and do. Take a boat ride around the harbour or travel across to Taronga Zoo for spectacular pictures of giraffes against a Sydney back drop.

TIP – If you are staying in Sydney for a few nights, consider purchasing the Sydney Attraction Pass. Choose from 4 of Sydney’s best sites and save up to 45% compared to buying the tickets separately. * Buy the Sydney Attraction Pass here 

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Sydney Opera House

Darling Harbour at dusk is the perfect place to people watch and has some great bars. If you prefer somewhere more upmarket, Woolloomooloo has swanky restaurants and plenty of yachts to admire.

If you like markets, you’ll love Paddington market which is reminiscent of Covent Garden with arty stalls. One of the favourite things to do in Australia is surf and Bondi is the most popular of the beaches but the waves of Coogee, Manly and Bronte are just as good. Dee Why beach is lesser known and is a great escape from the crowds.

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Blue Mountains (photo @ Lindsay Deutsch)

South Australia

Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and there is a lot to do both in and around this city which has a country-town feel. Get out into the Adelaide Hills to see waterfalls, fairytale villages and the world’s largest rocking horse.

Sample wines at the Barossa Valley and see how chocolate is made in the chocolate factory, camp overnight at Wilpena Pound, a natural amphitheatre within the Flinders Rangers. It’s a unique experience and you need an entry permit to enter the park.

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The Adelaide Hills

Kangaroo Island is a great Australia attraction and is only 90 minutes from the mainland. You can get up close and personal to seals on Seal Bay and join a wildlife safari to learn about the Australian animals. The beach-side suburb of Glenelg is worth a stroll and there are great restaurants here. If you don’t fancy getting any tan lines as you sunbathe, Maslin Beach is the place for nudists.

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Perth City (photo @ Shannon Lane)

From Adelaide you can travel by train on the Ghan across the outback to the Red Centre, home to many aborigines or to the modern city of Perth via the Indian Pacific railway. Perth doesn't have that many of Australia's tourist attractions but is popular with expats and there are some great beaches such as Cottesloe and Scarborough. Kings Park is a tranquil place to relax and see black swans. Perth is worth seeing if you have the time as it’s a long way from the rest of the country.

Fremantle is a vibrant little city with buzzing markets but the main attraction has got to be the old prison, which gives you an eye-opening tour of prison life. Rottnest Island is unique and you can cycle around this wildlife nature reserve.

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Ayres Rock

Northern Territory

When you stray away from the cities into the more male-dominated outback, you may find you get more attention as a woman travelling solo and being whistled at is not uncommon. If you don’t mind the attention, it’s worth a trip to see the real Australia. You shouldn’t miss Coober Pedy, the world’s only underground town where you can sleep in an abandoned mine shaft.

The Red Centre is steeped in Aboriginal culture and resembles a scene out of the Flintstones. Learn how to throw a boomerang, ride in a hot air balloon or play a didgeridoo at Alice Springs.

Visit the Flying Doctors Museum or the reptile centre to learn more about Australia’s snakes and lizards. Then it’s onto the wonder that is Ayres Rock or Uluru, as known by the Aborigines, at Kata Tjuta National Park. This sacred rock is one of Australia's largest tourist attractions and can be reached by a six hour drive or a flight.

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There has been much controversy about climbing the rock but a walk around the burial caves and ancient art paintings at the base is a good substitute. Don’t forget to include Kings Canyon (the setting for the movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and the Olgas when you go.

Head north to Darwin via Lichfield or Kakadu National Park where you can see crocodiles and wetlands or hire a bike at Katherine Gorge and cycle to the springs. If you’re going to the Northern Territory it’s worth investing in a fly net for this tropical climate.

Tennant Creek is an odd little place and half of its population are aborigines. If you can handle the strangeness it’s worth a stop to see the Devils Marbles, an important site from the Dreamtime or visit Kalgoorlie for a real gold rush town.

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Nambung National Park

Western Australia

Cruise past the rugged red cliffs of the Kimberley region then west to Broome, known for its pearling industry to drive a 4×4 along the northern stretch of Cable Beach. Many people skip this region but if you have the time it is worth travelling to. Nambung National Park is where you'll find the Pinnacles Desert, an area of pointy formations made out of limestone.

Travel Australia alone and you'll have so many adventures. There are so many attractions in Australia, and things to do from sleeping under the stars in a swag to experiencing a hot sunny Christmas. If you decide to spend the Christmas holidays in Australia you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Santa jet skiing along Sydney Harbour. There really is no other place like it.

starCombine your solo female travel Australia trip with a stopover in Asia.

cautionBeware of box jellyfish in the sea during wet season (December to February). Stinger suits are provided if you intend to snorkel.

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Ayres Rock (photo @ Kate Eastham)

Tours in Australia

Best Tours to Australia For Solos

G Adventures Tours Australia – With Australia being such a sociable country, you’ll never be short of company travelling Australia alone. There are numerous solo travel tours for Australia but if you feel more comfortable in a group for either part of your trip or the whole duration, G Adventures is a responsible tour company which mainly caters towards budget travellers. Most tours have an average of 10 people and there is no upper age limit. Once you book one of their G Adventures Australia tours you pay extra for any excursions you want to do when you’re there.

G Adventures offer some of the best tours of Australia for all types of duration from 3 days on the Great Ocean Road to 28 days for a complete Australia tour. Join the G Adventures East Coast Australia from Sydney to Cairns on a 16 day trip from £1849, or travel the Red Centre to Adelaide from £639 for 8 days. The G Adventures Best of Australia takes you from Cairns to Sydney over 14 days from £2050, making the most of your two weeks in the country. 

I have personally used G Adventures and recommend them as a solo female friendly company. 

Click here for G Adventures Australia itineraries, prices, and start dates

Intrepid Tours AustraliaIntrepid Travel is similar to G Adventures with an average of 12 people on each tour. Over 50% of people who book their trips are solo travellers. They tend to use hotels instead of hostels for their Intrepid Australia tours and have a more comfortable style of accommodation hence the trips can appear a bit more than G Adventures. Intrepid Travel Australia tours range from 2 days to 22 days and include adventures such as an overnight camping trip in Uluru or overland from Darwin to Perth.

With both tour companies you share a room with someone of the same gender or you can pay extra for your own room.

Click here for the full itineraries, prices, and start dates

Stray Bus Australia – More for the adventurous GatG, Stray Travel is a hop on hop off bus tour offering bus passes around Australia with Australia tours from Sydney and other cities. Jump on a 16 or 21 day Australia tour to see the best of the coast from Sydney to Cairns. This epic trip squeezes in all the highlights including Fraser Island, sailing around the Whitsundays, and seeing the Queensland rainforest. Tours of Australia depart every week and you can even start or end your trip in Melbourne. 

As well as seeing the iconic hotspots on their Australian bus tours you can also go off the beaten track and see areas of the country that others don't visit. Prices start from $2,895 AUD. If you visit during the peak season you may need to pre-book all sections of your trip before you go. Check the review here.

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  • World Expeditions – World Expeditions offers trekking holidays to Australia which include a female only adventure to Tasmania for 6 days. They are ideal for an active Australia vacation.
  • 1770 Castaway – If you've ever wanted to experience life as a castaway on a tropical island, these 3/4 day tours are definitely not for the faint hearted. Remote, raw and with insects, this will be one of those vacations to Australia that you'll never forget (for the adventurous Girl about the Globe).
  • Bunyip Tours If you are spending time in Melbourne and don't want to hire a car, this tour company offers 1 to 3 day bus trips along the Great Ocean Road. You can even see the little penguins on Phillip Island on your Australian tour too.

Australian Day Tours

  • Lets Go Surfing – Fancy a surfing lesson on Bondi beach? Check out Let's Go Surfing.
  • I'm Free Walking Tours – Enjoy 2.5 hours of easy walking around Sydney. The tours are free and you just make a donation at the end.
  • Big Bus Tours – See the landmarks of Sydney and the famous Bondi beach on this hop-on, hop-off bus.
  • Get Your Guide – This tour platform offers day tours in Australia. When you solo travel around Australia, it can be challenging to find tours that don't have a minimum of 2 people. Get Your Guide offer small groups and allows you to book for just one person. Choose from a tour of the Sydney Opera House, a Great Ocean Road tour from Melbourne or a catamaran cruise on the Great Barrier Reef. There are so many to choose from. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. Simple! Check all tours and prices 

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Accommodation in Australia

There are plenty of types of accommodation in Australia and you'll never be short of places to stay whether you prefer hostels in Australia or a swanky city apartment. Finding accommodation in Australia is easy with motels, farm stays and even boat houses to spend a night or two. If you are backpacking alone in Australia, choose one of the many Australian hostels to meet others. is my favourite hotel site for Australia. It offers BnBs and hotels from 3 star to the luxurious 5 star hotels in Australia, and even includes dorm rooms if you're travelling on a budget. Guest houses are a sociable way of staying in family homes, or choose a private room in hostels if you want to meet others but still have your own privacy.

Plus there’s Airbnb Australia which offers rooms in Australia with a local. You can stay in a private room in a local's house or rent their whole apartment. Save $20 off your first stay with this Airbnb link

Homestay is an alternative to Airbnb. They connect you to hosts in over 160 countries and give a real homestay experience instead of just handing over keys. They offer unique Australia accommodation such as a stay in a beachfront townhouse or in a bus in Byron Bay. You can even video call your host family before you go to find the perfect host. Check homestays and prices here 

All of the accommodation below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with a Solo Female Friendly endorsement. 

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Adelaide – Adelaide Central YHA

Adelaide Central YHA is an award-winning hostel in Australia. It is right in the heart of the city and has air-conditioned rooms. Each bed has a personal light and a large locker to store your stuff. It’s sociable with a communal lounge and they have pizza and live music nights too. There is a 6 bed female-only dorm or you can choose a private room from £56 if you need more privacy. You'll find lots of backpackers here as the YHA group are one of the well-known hostels Australia. 

  • Prices from £20 per night for a dorm bed
  • To book, check prices or availability for Adelaide Central YHA 

Solo travel in Australia - Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort, Cairns

Cairns – Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort

If you are solo backpacking Australia and looking to socialise in Cairns, Calypso Inn is an Australian hostel with a good social vibe. They have a bar to meet others and a swimming pool to cool off from the Aussie heat. The staff are friendly and will give you plenty of backpacking in Australia tips. The hostel is also close to the esplanade so you don’t have far to walk after a night out. They also arrange shuttles from the airport. Choose from a female only dorm, mixed dorm or a single room if you need your space.

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 Melbourne – United Backpackers 

Located in the Central Business District (CBD), United Backpackers is one of the hostels in Australia Melbourne that is in the perfect spot to explore the city. You’ll find lockers for your belongings and a manned reception which is open 24 hours. The onsite bar makes it easy to find others to explore with. For those of us going to Australia alone, it's easy to meet other solo travellers in their female only dorm rooms. 

    • Prices start from £26 for a 12 bed dorm per night. 
    • To book, check prices or availability for United Backpackers

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Perth – Wickham Retreat Backpackers

Wickham Retreat Backpackers is a great Australia hostel for solos. It’s really friendly and feels more like a small family so it’s easy to make friends. They hold nights such as pizza nights and have a TV room. There is a free bus to the city which is just a short walk away. Breakfast is included and runs until lunchtime. The dorm rooms are heated and they have a 6 bed female-only dorm. 

Bounce, Sydney

Sydney – Bounce

One of the nicest hostels in Australia Sydney is Bounce. Situated opposite the Central Railway Station and next to a bus stop, this hostel is in a great location to explore the city whether you want to go to Bondi Beach or the CBD. The staff are really friendly and accommodating, and will help with whatever you need. Plus only guests are allowed in so it’s really safe. There is also a restaurant and a terrace too. Choose from a female-only dorm, mixed dorm or private room.

  • Prices start from £24 for a 10 bed dorm per night
  • To book, check prices or availability for Bounce

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Experiences in Australia For Solos

If you are wondering what to do in Australia alone, we've picked our top 10 experiences that you shouldn't miss when you visit the country:

1. The Sydney Opera House

If you are travelling to Sydney, Australia, alone, you can’t come all the way to Sydney and not see the Opera House! This iconic structure is now 60 years old and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you thought this was one giant opera house you may be surprised to know that there are more than 1,000 rooms within its famous sails. The hour-long tour includes a tour inside the theatres learning the history of Australia’s biggest icon.

Check prices and dates: The Sydney Opera House Tour

2. Sail The Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands are some of the most beautiful islands in Oz and the best way to see them is on a sailing trip. You get to snorkel alongside turtles and stingrays and see Whitehaven Beach, one of the most stunning beaches in the world. The catamaran departs from Airlie Beach, which is a destination that attracts those backpacking alone in Australia. 

Check prices and dates: Whitsunday Islands Full-Day Catamaran Sailing Adventure

3. Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles

When you're travelling solo it can be costly to rent a car for one. Instead of hiring a car along one of the world’s most popular costal roads, take a full day tour instead. See the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the hear tales of shipwrecks as you see this spectacular coastline. The trip departs from Melbourne.

Check prices and dates: Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Full-Day Tour

4. Daintree Wilderness & Cape Tribulation

If you are planning to spend some time in Queensland, head out of Cairns to experience Australia’s rainforest and wetlands. Cruise along the Daintree River among mangroves, spotting crocodiles. Cape Tribulation has a gorgeous white sand beach that you can walk along or just view from the boardwalk instead. The trip departs from Cairns.

Check prices and dates: Full Day Daintree Wilderness Tour

5. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge

If you want to see the best of Sydney, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the most amazing views. The climb includes an experienced guide who takes you 134 metres above the water to the summit of the bridge. After a complimentary certificate and photo, you finish your climb with a great sense of achievement. No matter what time of day you go, you’ll be blessed with a great panorama. 

Check prices and dates: Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

6. Go Whale Watching in Hervey Bay

If you’ve ever wanted to see whales up close, this experience is led by marine naturalists who tell you everything about whale behaviour during your trip. You can listen to live whale songs underwater and there is also a whale researcher onboard to help with any questions. The best thing about this experience is that whale sightings are guaranteed or you will receive a free ticket for another day.

Check prices and dates: Hervey Bay: Ultimate Whale Watching Experience

7. Wine Tasting in Barossa Valley

If you love wine, a trip to Barossa Valley should definitely be on your solo Australia wish list. This day trip makes it easy for you to go wine tasting as it’s all by coach. You get to experience wine tastings at three wineries and enjoy lunch in this famous region before heading to the Adelaide Hills and learning more about the region’s German heritage.

Check prices and dates: Barossa Valley & Hahndorf Day Trip

8. Cycle Rottnest Island

This little island off the coast of Perth is the perfect place for cycling. It takes 3.5 hours to peddle around this wildlife nature reserve spotting wildlife as you go. The island is only 4km wide and has secluded bays and unspoilt beaches. It’s a great day out and just a ferry ride from Perth or Fremantle. This tour includes your ferry ticket and bike hire. Just remember to pack some food and water.

Check prices and dates: Rottnest Island Ferry & Bike Trip from Perth or Fremantle

9. Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef

You can't take an Australia solo trip and not see one of the Seven Wonders of The World. Green Island is one of the islands in The Great Barrier Reef with transparent waters and a colourful reef. Snorkelling is the best way to see the marine life but if you prefer to stay dry then you can discover the reef from a glass bottom boat instead. The trip also takes you to the island’s rainforest. The boat departs from Cairns.

Check prices and dates: Green Island Reef Full-Day Catamaran Cruise

10. Climb Sand Dunes on Fraser Island

There’s a reason that this island is World-Heritage listed. As the largest sand island in the world it is begging to be explored. Cruise the Great Sandy Strait spotting dolphins, turtles and even a dingo or two. You may even spot humpback whales off the shores. If you are an active GatG you can snorkel, kayak, go tubing or just climb the sand dunes. Tours depart from Hervey Bay.

Check prices and dates: Remote Fraser Island Tour from Hervey Bay

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Sydney Harbour Bridge – Photo @ Petrina Wong

Travelling Around Australia

Travelling solo around Australia does take a bit of planning. The distances between places are vast and long when travelling around Australia. If you are planning your own tour of Australia there is a great bus network with Greyhound and epic train journeys and a rail pass is a good way of saving money. If you’re limited on time, the best way to travel Australia alone is use internal flights between the cities: Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia operate domestically.

If you are planning a solo road trip in Australia, renting a car is only recommended for either short distances, a trip along the East Coast, or those long distances when you have company to travel with. You don't want to be travelling Australia solo with just you in car, and breaking down miles from anywhere in the Outback. With so many backpackers to choose from there are plenty of people to keep you company. Click here for latest prices for car hire

Coach tours are also a great way for travelling Australia. You get to see areas of the country and share the experience with your fellow passengers. Oz Experience offers guided trips to Australia for those who are sociable and like to party.

Australia Solo Travel Itinerary 

If you’re looking to see all of Australia’s sites in a single trip it can be difficult to achieve unless you have plenty of time. Most people when they solo travel in Australia start with Sydney and travel their way up the coast. You'll find more travellers along this route so pairing up with others is more likely than venturing to the Northern territory.

If you are planning first-time travel to Australia, we recommend these routes for your Australia Itinerary. For a cultural experience you have to visit the Red Centre (Alice Springs and Ayres Rock) to learn more about the Aboriginal culture and help support indigenous groups. Within a two week Australia vacation you also can travel from Adelaide to Darwin or Sydney to Cairns. Below are two itinerary ideas for 2 weeks in Australia.

a) Sydney – 5 nights, Alice Springs – 4 nights, Cairns –  4 nights (to visit the Great Barrier Reef).

b) Melbourne – 3 nights, Tasmania – 3 nights, Sydney – 5 nights, Uluru – 3 nights.

Your Australia Itinerary

Your Australia Itinerary is the best guide book for Australia travel itineraries. If you are travelling Australia and are unsure where to start, this book is packed with valuable information and rock solid advice from the first-hand experience of the author who has been taking solo trips to Australia for more than 15 years. The Australia trip plan shows you how to allocate time and advanced planning tricks to choosing the right destinations to see and activities to do. This book is the perfect tool to creating your own trip itinerary around Oz. * Find out more about Your Australia Itinerary 

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Best Backpacks For Australia

Australia is such a wonderful country for backpacking. If you're wondering whether to take a suitcase or a backpack, I definitely recommend a backpack if you are planning on visiting a few destinations within the country. I have the Caribee Jet Pack 65 which opens like a suitcase. It makes it easier for me to find everything that I have packed rather than having a top loader. I store all my clothes in the big section and my shoes and toiletries in the smaller compartment. My first aid kit gets packed in the pouch. It’s easy to spot on the baggage carousel too. Find out why I recommend it below.

Caribee Jet Pack 65

“My backpack is a Caribee bag. I was looking for a bag that zipped completely open. There is a strap which fits round my waist when I’m walking and it comes with a small daypack that zips onto it which is perfect for checking in on my luggage on a plane, and keeping a smaller bag with me for my hand luggage. It even has a rain cover which kept everything dry during the rainy seasons. I’ve had it for years and it’s been to numerous countries with me.” – Lisa Eldridge

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Travel accessories for Australia

Travel Accessories For Australia

If you’re unsure what to pack for your solo trip to Australia, we have created a guide of our favourite solo travel products to help you decide what to pack. Our favourite travel accessory for Australia are a pair of Gandys Flip-Flops. If you’re spending time at one of Oz’s incredible beaches, you’ll definitely need a pair of these. Find out why we love these below and click on the link to discover all of our favourite travel products:

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Gandys Flip-Flops

travel accessories for Australia

Cool and very funky, these ethical flip-flops are not just footwear. Founded by brothers who were orphaned during the 2004 Tsunami, their mission is to improve the lives of fellow orphans. Every purchase goes towards opening a new children’s home around the world. These are flip-flops with a purpose but Gandys aren’t just limited to footwear; you’ll find women’s shirts, hoodies and scarfs too for your solo Australia trip. 

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Best time to go to Australia

Best Time To Go To Australia

If you're wondering when is the best time to go to Australia, as Australia is in the Northern Hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to Europe so you can escape our winter. The best months to visit Australia are between October to December. As Australia is so vast, each region differs in climate with the Northern Territory being hot and humid all year round.

This chart shows the average maximum day temperatures for Sydney (from January to December) to help you plan your Australia travels. Find out the weather for other areas here.

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Travel insurance for Australia

Travel Insurance For Australia

Travelling alone in Australia is safe but travel insurance is always recommended, especially if you will be doing any active sports or venturing into the outback.

I recommend True Traveller for UK and European residents, and World Nomads for U.S. and worldwide citizens. Both companies allow you to buy insurance when you are already on the road, and offer different plans depending on your type of coverage.

From the Airport

From Australia Airports 

For your solo trip to Australia, there are a choice of airports to fly into when travelling to Australia. Below are the main Australia airports with information on how to get into the city.

Sydney – Airport Link departs the International and Domestic Terminals every 10 minutes and only takes 15 minutes to get into the city.

Cairns – Airport shuttle buses run from the airport to the city centre, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Cape Tribulation and Mission Beach. Some accommodation provide their own courtesy coach so check when booking. The time to the city is only 10 minutes.

Melbourne – SkyBus offer an express service to the city every 10 minutes or there are public buses and taxis for the 30 minute journey.

Brisbane – Coachtrans coaches offer direct transfers to Brisbane City departing every 30 minutes. Trains take 22 minutes to Brisbane City or 90 minutes to the Gold Coast (Nerang). For transfers to the Sunshine Coast, Sun-Air operate an hourly bus service until 8.50pm.

Perth – Public transport operates into the city. Check here for buses. You can hire a car if you prefer having your own transport to get around.

Adelaide – JetBus services travel from the airport to the city, Glenelg and the North-Eastern suburbs. Skylink Airport Shuttle offer a regular bus service for the 15 minute journey to the city.

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Border Crossings

Travelling onwards (check visas before you travel)

With Australia neighbouring countries such as New Zealand, Fiji, Bali or Papua New Guinea, your trip doesn’t have to end here. There’s so much more to see! Fly to New Zealand, Bali, or the Pacific Islands.

If you prefer a leisurely pace, cruise from port to port in Australia and then onward to New Zealand or Tasmania. Asia and North America are also accessible by boat or sail back to the UK on a 40 day cruise.

starNovember to March is the best season for cruises to Australia.

Where can I go from here?

planelistPapua New Guinea – 4 hours

planelistNew Zealand – 5.5 hours

planelistBali – 4 hours


Frequently Asked Questions About Australia

Here are the most asked questions about Australia.

  • Is Australia safe for solo female travellers? Yes. That's why we've given it 5/5 stars
  • Can I drink the water? Yes, you can drink tap water.
  • Is tipping expected? No.
  • Fixed price or barter? Fixed Price.
  • Any ATMs? Yes.
  • Which side of the road do they drive? Left.
  • Good for vegetarians? Yes.
  • Any seven wonders of the world? The Great Barrier Reef.
  • What is Australia famous for? Surfing, diving, beaches and friendly locals.
  • Which Australian city should I visit? For first time travel definitely Sydney.

Map of Australia

Plan a Trip to Australia

“Australia is absolutely full of solo travellers - 
you'll make friends in hostels right away.” 
- Jessica Elise Newton, a 25 year old solo traveller from the UK.

If you are ready to solo travel to Australia here are some useful links to help you to travel Australia alone including airlines which fly there, where you can volunteer and eco accommodation.


Budget – £60 a day

Current Time in Canberra


Capital City – Canberra

Population – 22.4 million

Language spoken – English

Local Currency – Australian Dollar

Do I Need a Visa? The validity of an Australia visa lasts for 3 months within 12 months of when your visa is approved.

Vaccinations Required

Useful Info

Airlines to Australia

When is The Best Time to Travel to Australia? The seasons are opposite to the Northern Hemisphere so October to December are a good time to go.

Which Plug Do I Need?

UNESCO Sites in Australia

Events and Festivals in Australia

Local Cost Guide

Driving Distances

Local Customs & Etiquette 

Aboriginal Culture

Australia’s Sacred Sites

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57 thoughts on “Solo Travel in Australia

  1. claudia

    Brisbane and Byron Bay are not part of the Gold Coast. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, Byron Bay is at the top end of New South Wales.

  2. M.Spitz

    Hi thanks for your article, it is very informative, i will be going to Sydney solo in September. Can you recommenced any good seafood restaurants in Sydney?

  3. Judy Pliner

    Aloha! Your website is truly a great source of information & inspiration!!! Thanks for doing this for all us Solo traveler’s, really makes it easier to take that leap.
    Wondering if you have advice re: Lord Howe Island, Heron Island, Hamilton Island, Magnetic Island, Hayman Island, Fitzroy Island. Fraser Island & Hervey Bay are on my to-do list, but I’m not sure about how to fit in all these island in 17 days this August. My goals are snorkeling the GBR, experiencing the pristine beaches, and incredible wildlife, too.
    Thanks in advance for any advice you have.

    1. Nilanjana

      I plan to travel solo to Australia this October. Travelling solo for the first time can be daunting. Any suggestions will only help me further with planning my trip. I am looking at 10-12 days. The broad itinerary is like Mumbai-Sydney-Cairns-Melbourne-Canberra-Sydney-Mumbai. Is it doable? Also if you could guide me about how to go about booking trips to Blue Mountains, Scuba Diving (at Cairns), Great Ocean Drive (coach tour is fine, i am not a very confident driver, that too in a foreign country). I have joined the FB group (hope you accept my request).
      Looking forward to your guidance… Thanks 🙂

      1. Girl about the Globe Post author

        Hi Nilanjana, thanks for your message. I would say that 10-12 days isn’t that long to do all of those places unless you are doing activities every day and taking internal flights. You mentioned that you joined the FB group so post the same message in there to get some more advice x

  4. Alannah


    Travelling from Victoria, B.C. in January 2017. Bit nervous. Any other single females going to Australia around that time from Victoria?

  5. michelle

    wow! i m so tempted. was thinking of going solo trips to Europe, but was fearful because i hadn’t done solo before. sounds like australia is a better choice..

  6. Lindsey

    I’ve found your site very informative, thankyou. I’m going flying to Cairns in November and I have about 3 weeks to get to Sydney to meet my BF who is coming out to see me for Christmas. I was just wandering about the best way to get from Cairns to Sydney, but missing out Brisbane as we are going to do that together.
    I have requested to join the Facebook group too as I am over there for 6 months. Hoping to work in Melbourne.

  7. Carmen

    Hello! Thank you very much for your article! Very useful 🙂 im planning to go to Australia and new zealand next summer, one month Australia and two weeks new zealand. Do you reccomend renting a car going by myself or is it better internal flights, buses and trains?
    Im planning to do the East coast ( cairns to Sydney) adelaide, Melbourne, uluru, Tasmania and all i can visit for the whole month. Your tips are more than welcome

    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Thanks Carmen. I definitely recommend visiting Tasmania – it’s so stunning and natural. If you only have one month maybe take a bus for half of the journey up the coast – Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmania (you can get the ferry here), then fly to Uluru. I was there over 10 years ago so I would recommend joining the Girls about the Globe Facebook group as some of the girls there have recently been or are heading to Oz so they can offer you some better tips. Here’s the link to join:

  8. Marni

    Looking to travel solo to Australia from the end of november to mid december 2016, so very soon!! I have no idea where I should begin. Should I go with a tour group? I’m a young 40 year old single female and don’t want to get stuck with a bunch of old people, ha, but I do not want to have to drive while I am there and happy to fly from location to location. Thinking Sydney – Melbourne – Cairns – and the outback somewhere? Not necessarily in that order. No clue how to start!

    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Marni, I’m 40 too 🙂 There are internal flights you could take and also a great bus service called Greyhound. Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns sounds good then you could fly to Alice Springs in the outback. I was there over 10 years ago so I would recommend joining the Girls about the Globe Facebook group as some of the girls there have recently been or are heading to Oz so they can offer you some better tips. Here’s the link to join:

  9. shweta

    I’m planning to visit Australia in the month of January, 2017. Will be there for 3 weeks. Is there any way I can team up with fellow solo travelers and go around? I’m 25 🙂

  10. Shy

    I have just sent a request to join your Facebook group, I am looking to travel to Australia in April from 14th till 2nd May (nothing booked yet). I will be travelling solo for the first time so a little nervous, ideally I would prefer to join a tour group or other solo travellers and was hoping you can help me prepare an itinerary please?

  11. Rosie

    I am planning to go solo backpacking around the east coast in August/ September. Do you think its still worth going in the winter months -I am traveling alone so am hoping to meet other backpackers there or would it be very quiet?
    Thank you

  12. Kathryn Lloyd-Williams

    Hi I’m aiming to travel to Australia for the first time on my own Feb/March and hoping to travel aroundSydney and nearby areas. I’m not a confident traveler so I’ve sent a request to join the facebook page as any advice and tips on how to travel solo would be really helpful.

  13. Sharon

    I’m traveling solo to Australia for a month in February. I did send a request to join the group. Thanks so much!

  14. Preethi

    Hey, this is really informative, thank you so much! I’m visiting Cairns in early June, and am planning on visiting the Great Barrier Reef then. I was thinking of clubbing a couple days in Gold Coast and maybe 4 days in Sydney after that. Does that sound doable? What would you suggest?

    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Preethi. Oh wow. June isn’t far away. Clubbing on the East Coast sounds cool! I really liked Surfers Paradise You can take the bus from Surfers to Sydney but it takes about 17 hours which is doable if it’s a night bus or look at taking an internal flight instead. Rome2Rio is good for working out travelling around Fee free to join our Facebook community too x

  15. chantelle

    Hi, I found this information really useful as I’m travelling solo for the first time ever so I’m a bit apprehensive. Would you recommend booking on to one of the tours before I get there or just fly in and go from there? Also what is the job market like for travellers? Is it easy to find work for short periods of time?

    Thank you

    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Chantelle, Australia is really easy to travel around as a solo so you don’t need to take a tour if you don’t want to. I used the Greyhound bus to get around, the trains, internal flights, hired a car, and then did a week with Oz Experience just to see what a tour felt like. It was fun and took me off the beaten track. I worked in an office in Sydney and Melbourne and also fruit picked on the coast. This was a few years ago so I’m not sure if it has changed. Are you a member of our Facebook community as someone who has been there recently may be able to help more about the job market now? Here’s the link to join x

  16. Mike

    Hi. is it easy to get a Australian Tourist Visa if you are a pinoy solo traveler? Like i have Korean and Taiwan visa and traveled to mostly asian countries, i have work and sufficient funds for only 4 days tour trip in Sydney? Hope to hear from you. 🙂

  17. Brooke Fitzgearld

    Hi! Currently I have a trip booked to allow 7 full days on ground in Australia with flights to/from Sydney. With this being my first trip to Australia, I’m trying to figure out if I should switch one flight to Melbourne and travel in between the two. I really like the idea of hitting Cairens/Sydney/Melbourne based on your blog but with such short time, I’m not with the travel between. Or should I do day trips from Sydney? Thoughts would be appreciated! I’m so grateful I found your blog and just joined the FB page! One other question, have you take an overnight train? Thought that might be an option as well.

  18. Melanie

    I am 27 and going on my first ever solo trip in mid November this year. I am really anxious and not a clue what I am doing it was just a spur of the moment decision. I am thinking of starting off in Cairns (hopefully meeting my best friend for Christmas day) then heading south along the coast. How easy is it to get accommodation over the Christmas period? Also would you recommend starting in Cairns and working your way down? I would love to travel with someone and I am really hoping I meet people!!!

    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Melanie, I would pre-book accommodation for the Christmas period as it’s also their summer. Yes, I would recommend starting in Cairns and working your way down. I used Greyhound buses which are good and also Oz Experience x

    2. Jess

      Hi Melanie,

      I am also travelling solo in mid November- hoping to start in cairns and work my way down to Sydney before I fly home in February. Have you made any plans yet? I have no idea where to start with hostel booking etc!!

    3. Natasha

      Hi Melanie,

      I’m 26 and doing my first solo trip, I’m heading to Asia first doing a tour then heading to Australia mid-dec and nothing planned as yet as really worrying what to do over the christmas/new year period.
      II’ve just asked on the group for some suggestions, but we could always meet up along the way.
      I’m definitely doing the east coast, just not sure what way I’m starting yet possibly Sydney upwards but I’ll wait for some suggestions.

  19. Imms


    My name Imms. I’m planning to have solo trip to Brisbane on Aug ’18. At first, I will have training in Camp Warrawee for 8 days then I’m free to go. Any suggestions, this is my 1st trip to Australia. Can you advise me for the transport also, pls? How many days should I extend my trip? Thanks in advanced.

    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Imms, I would suggest Sydney and Melbourne if it’s your first time to Oz. The distances are long so it depends how long you have in the country. Taking internal flights is quicker if you are short on time or you can take the Greyhound Bus or Oz Experience. Have you joined our Facebook community? Some of the girls are in Australia at the moment. Here is the link to join

  20. Heather

    I’m traveling solo to Brisbane for about 4 days in November. Please suggest any places of interest must go in Brisbane as well public transport to take. Thanks in advanced.

  21. Demi

    Hey – I’m looling to travel travel between October and November this year! Would love to go on some tours and meet people. Are there any tours you recommend where most people are in the same situation as me??


  22. Sandra Jones

    What about Western Australia? I had friends start their Around Australia trip there andthey were totally blown away by the vastness of the state, the magnificent beaches, friendly people and so many great sights: Perth’s King’s Park, Swan River, The Pinnacles, Wave Rock, seeing the carpets of Wildflowers during the wildflower season, Karri Forests & giant trees, Monkey Mia’s dolphins, Broome, The Horizontal Falls, Cape Leveque, Diving with whale sharks, the Ningaloo Reef, sandboarding at Cervantes…. WA is such a huge state yet tourists all get told to do the East Coast. Why?
    I’m going to follow my friends advice and fly and travel through Asia then go to WA and start my Australian adventure there.

    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Sandra, thanks for your comment. You’re right – Western Australia is fantastic and there is a great reef there too. I think the reason that most tourists get told to go to the east coast is because it can be easier to combine on a first-time itinerary with other places x

  23. Sonal

    I absolutely love this informative blog.
    I am planning to go to the Great Barrier Reef by myself, butI am totally confused if i should do the Whitsundays or Cairns. I am short on time so can be to only 1 of these destinations. Would love to know your thoughts.

    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Hi Sonal, thanks for your kind words. I would choose the Whitsundays over Cairns if I had to only pick one. Whitehaven Beach is one of the most stunning beaches that I have ever seen x

  24. Veronica

    Hey, I loved your article! I’m thinking about getting a one way ticket to Aus by myself, but I have no idea where to start or what to do! Do you have advice? X

    1. Girl about the Globe Post author

      Thanks Veronica 🙂 Australia will be amazing! I would start in Sydney then travel up the east coast to Cairns. If you have time take an internal flight or one of the epic train journeys into the Red Centre. Or you could start from Sydney and travel down to Adelaide x

  25. Jade

    Hey! you should look into adding ‘Share Bus’ to the guide to get around. It’s a great way to meet people/travel in a small group, which is nice if you’ve just arrived as a solo traveller – you can meet people you can spend time with later on in your trip.
    They organise a shared rental of a minibus and lots of camping equipment as a way of getting to and from big cities/towns in Aus and exploring the nature in between. It’s super flexible and pretty affordable too 🙂


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