Solo Travel in Australia
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.
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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 first-time solos as there are endless supplies of hostels and hotels and everyone speaks English. It really is a traveller’s dream but if you prefer your Australia sightseeing with others, there are plenty of solo travel companies in Australia to go with.
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Places To Visit in Australia
East Coast 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.
Things To Do in Queensland
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 but due to many factors such as overfishing, coral mining, and tourism in Australia, the reef has suffered damage.
There are introductory dives available for those who want to experience the reef for the first time from Fitzroy or Green Island (but be careful not to touch the reef).
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 of Bundaberg.
Magnetic Island, Australia, 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. See the secluded beach of Radical Bay and the dairy-free ice-cream parlour, or explore the island on horseback.
Fraser Island & The Whitsundays
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. You do need to do a tour to see the best of the island. Find the best Fraser Island tours here.
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. This beach in the Whitsundays is also an ideal spot to clean any dull-looking jewellery in the crystal clear waters.
Experience the great nightlife at Airlie Beach then take a sailing trip around the islands of the Whitsundays. It really is one of the most stunning places you will ever see.
Brisbane & The Gold Coast
One of the things to do in Brisbane is 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 is the place to visit in Gold Coast for plenty of fun and sun.
One of the things to do in Australia's Gold Coast is take a ride in the many theme parks. Choose from Dreamworld, Movie World, or Wet ‘n’ Wild. Stay in a hostel to find others willing to come along for the ride.
Visit Noosa, Byron Bay, and Nimbin
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 will meet other travellers here too.
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 is 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.
Take some time to walk along the riverbank and enter the Queen Victoria Market, the city's iconic market and the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Melbourne Museum, and National Gallery of Victoria, before shopping at Chapel Street then wile away your evenings at one of the bars or restaurants in Brunswick or Fitzroy.
You may feel more at home in Melbourne with its four seasons in one day but if you’re looking for more of a holiday-feel, take the tram to St Kilda where you can sit al fresco and watch people rollerblading along the promenade.
You don't have to go far outside the city to experience some nature. Just 35 kms outside of Melbourne are the Dandenong Ranges, mountain ranges with tall forests and waterfalls and a 1000 Steps Walk for the active GatG. Other places to see in Victoria include the town of Olinda, a popular town with forest walks and cafes and restaurants but it can get busy on the weekends.
The Great Ocean Road
One of the things to do in Melbourne, Australia, is take a road trip along the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s epic drives. Bells Beach is en route and has great point breaks and was 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. The Twelve Apostles are one of the well-known sites on the route and the best way to see this iconic drive if you don't hire a car is on a Great Ocean Road day tour.
Off the coast of Melbourne is Tasmania, one of the lesser-known tourist attractions in Australia. In reality there is so much to see in Tasmania that we've given it its own page. Read Solo Travel in Tasmania here.
New South Wales
If you're wondering where the best place to spend a week in Australia is then the answer is of course, 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. If you do make it to Canberra, 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.
Places To Visit in Sydney
There is much to see and do in Sydney, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House are must sees for day tours in Sydney. Take a boat ride around the harbour or travel across to Taronga Zoo for spectacular pictures of giraffes against a Sydney back drop.
There are so many other things to do in Sydney, Australia, such as: a Rocks walking tour, kayak to Goat Island, visit the Chinese Garden or take a tour to the Blue Mountains, named after the blue haze from the eucalyptus trees.
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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.
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. Things to do in Adelaide include getting 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.
Other places to visit in South Australia include the beach-side suburb of Glenelg where you will find great restaurants after a day of sunbathing on the beach. If you don’t enjoy having tan lines as you sunbathe, Maslin Beach is a popular nudist beach.
Kangaroo Island is a natural Australia attraction and is only 90 minutes from the mainland, reachable via Adelaide. Over a third of Kangaroo Island are nature reserves but the island was badly affected by the wildfires in 2020.
The East side of the island is still open for Australia tourism and you can get up close and personal to seals on Seal Bay or join a wildlife safari to learn about the Australian wildlife.
See Admirals Arch, the Remarkable Rocks, and the lighthouse at Flinders Chase National Park on the west side of Kangaroo Island. There are tours that take you from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. Discover the best Kangaroo Island tours here.
Things To Do in Perth
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 in Perth is a tranquil place to relax and see black swans, or you can take one of the popular day trips and drive three hours south of the city to Margaret River where you can visit vineyards and wineries, cycle along the river or even surf. Perth is worth seeing if you have the time as it’s a long way from the rest of the country.
Fremantle, Perth, 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. Don't forget to visit Rottnest Island either where you can cycle around the wildlife nature reserve and spot the quokkas that live there.
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. Near to Coober Pedy is the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park with colourful mounds and stunning landscapes.
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.
Uluru (Ayres Rock)
Things to do at Ayres Rock include visiting 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. Australia has thousands of national parks but this sacred rock is one of the largest Australia attractions and can be reached by a six hour drive or a flight.
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 a trip to Kings Canyon (the setting for the movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and the Olgas when you go.
Things To Do in Darwin
Head north to Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory and the gateway to Lichfield or Kakadu National Park where you can see crocodiles and wetlands, and hire a bike at Katherine Gorge to cycle to the springs.
You don't have to go far to see a crocodile as Darwin is home to Crocosaurus Cove, one of Australia's tourist attractions, where you can experience one of the scariest things in Australia; diving with the crocodiles.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground and are wondering what to do in Darwin, there are plenty of art galleries showcasing indigenous art, and museums such as the Darwin Military Museum to keep you entertained. If you are 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.
Cruise past the rugged red cliffs of the Kimberley region then west to Broome, Australia, 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. Tour Australia and you'll soon discover that there really is no other place like it.
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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 12 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.
Intrepid Tours Australia – Intrepid 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 an overland tour 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. Read our Intrepid Travel Reviews
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 major 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 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 and save 10% on any $500+ Freestyle Pass.
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. (As one of the fun things to do in Australia, this castaway experience is definitely 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
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.
Booking.com 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 rental accommodation in Australia on a short-term basis and 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.
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.
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 Australia group are one of the well-known hostels in Australia.
- Prices from £22/$28 USD per night for a dorm bed
- To book, check prices or availability for Adelaide Central YHA
If you are solo backpacking Australia and looking to socialise in Cairns, Calypso Inn is an Australian hostel with a 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.
- Prices from £17/$22 USD per night for a dorm bed
- To book, check prices or availability for Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
If you prefer your own space in Cairns, Cascade Gardens are apartments with their own private balconies and a shared swimming pool. Everything you need is just a short stroll away along the boardwalk. See the lagoon pool, dine at the city’s restaurants or take a ferry to explore the reef.
In an excellent location with friendly, helpful staff, the apartments are bright and comfortable and come equipped with a kitchenette with tea, coffee and condiments. This family-run business is close enough to the city yet you can escape to your own piece of paradise. Choose from a studio or a one bedroom apartment.
- Prices start from £94/$118 USD for a studio apartment
- To book, check prices or availability for Cascade Gardens
Located in the Central Business District, United Backpackers is one of the hostels in Australia Melbourne 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 £28/$35 USD for a 12 bed dorm per night.
- To book, check prices or availability for United Backpackers
If you prefer comfortable accommodation in Melbourne, Citadines on Bourke Melbourne offer modern apartments within the heart of the city. The apartments are a good size and come equipped with a kitchenette so you can prepare your own meals, as well as a TV in the living space. The staff are really helpful and reception is open 24 hours.
Other facilities include a gym, sauna and saltwater pool as well as a sun terrace. As an award-winning hotel in Australia, Melbourne, you can choose from a deluxe studio apartment, an executive studio, or an executive one-bedroom apartment.
- Prices start from £56/$70 USD for a deluxe one bedroom apartment
- To book, check prices or availability for Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
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 is available until lunchtime. The dorm rooms are heated and they have a 6 bed female-only dorm for girls only.
- Prices start from £145/$20 USD for a 6 bed dorm room
- To book, check prices or availability for Wickham Retreat Backpackers
Sydney – Bounce ($)
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. This Sydney accommodation includes a female-only dorm, mixed dorm or private room.
- Prices start from £28/$35 USD for a 10 bed dorm per night
- To book, check prices or availability for Bounce
This four star hotel is one of the best hotels in Australia for views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. It is a short walk from Circular Quay and is perfectly located for ferries and trains, with the harbour only a 15 minute walk away. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom, flat screen TV and air conditioning, as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
You even have a choice of pillows that you don't find in many Sydney hotels. The swimming pool on the rooftop is one of the hotel’s highlights offering amazing views of the harbour.
The hotel breakfast is an additional cost but is well worth purchasing during your stay. Choose from a standard double room, a superior room, an executive double room or a deluxe king room with a harbour view.
- Prices start from £105/$132 USD for a standard double room
- To book, check prices or availability for Rydges Sydney Harbour
Experiences in Australia For Solos
If you are wondering what to do in Australia alone, we've picked our top 10 activities in Australia for solo travellers. Check dates and prices for all experiences in Australia here
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
If you love beaches, sailing the Whitsundays Islands is one of the must do's in Australia. 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, a destination that attracts many travellers 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, one of the fun things to do in Australia is to 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 but it's recommended to pre-book your tour as this is one of the Australian activities that you don't want to miss.
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, whale watching is a must do in Australia. 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 travelling by coach. You'll 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. Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef is one of the best things in Australia to experience. 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
Travelling Around Australia
Travelling solo around Australia does take a bit of planning. The large distances between places are vast so travelling around Australia takes a while. If you are planning your own tour of Australia there is a great bus network called Greyhound that provides passes for bus travel, as well as epic train journeys.
A rail pass is a good way of saving money for train travel. If you are limited on time, the best way to travel Australia alone is use internal flights between the cities: Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia operate domestically. Find flights here
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 the car, and breaking down miles from anywhere in the Outback.
With so many backpackers in the country there are plenty of other travellers to keep you company on a road trip. Click here for latest prices for car rental
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 are hoping 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 alone.
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 two 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.
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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
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:
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 also find women’s shirts, hoodies and scarfs for your solo Australia trip.
Best Time To Go To Australia
If you are wondering when is the best time to go to Australia, the best months to visit Australia are between October to December. Australia is the Northern Hemisphere, meaning the seasons are opposite to Europe so you can escape a European winter.
There are still plenty of things to see in Australia no matter what time of year you visit. Because the country is so vast, each region differs in climate so there is always somewhere to see depending on your interests. If it's hot that you're after, one of the best places to visit in Australia is the Northern Territory which is known for being hot and humid year round.
If you love festivals, Adelaide is one of the best places in Australia to visit in March due to its various festivals such as the Adelaide Fringe, and Art Festival. If you visit during the wet season (December to February), beware of box jellyfish in the sea. Stinger suits are provided if you intend to snorkel.
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.
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 Australia Airports
When planning your solo trip to Australia, there are a choice of airports to fly into. Below are the main Australia airports with information on how to get into the nearest city.
Sydney Airport (SYD) – Airport Link departs the International and Domestic Terminals of Sydney International Airport every 10 minutes and take just 15 minutes to reach the city.
Cairns Airport (CNS) – 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 Airport (MEL) – SkyBus offer an express service to the city every 10 minutes or there are public buses and taxis for the 30 minute journey.
Brisbane Airport (BNE) – 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 from Brisbane International Airport to the Sunshine Coast, Sun-Air operate an hourly bus service until 8.50pm.
Perth Airport (PER) – From Perth International Airport, Bus route 380 runs to Elizabeth Quay Bus Station in Perth City. Bus route 40 operates 7 days a week and offers the most direct route from the airport to the city. Check here for buses.
Adelaide Airport – JetBus services travel from the Adelaide International 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.
Feel more confident travelling to Australia alone with someone waiting for you at the airport when you pre-book a transfer with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solos.
Travelling onwards (check visas before you travel)
As Australia neighbours countries such as New Zealand, Fiji, Bali or Papua New Guinea, your trip doesn’t have to end in Australia. You could fly to New Zealand, Bali, or the Pacific Islands to extend your travels in Oceania. 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.
November to March is the best season for cruises to Australia.
Where can I go from here?
Papua New Guinea – 4 hours
New Zealand – 5.5 hours
Bali – 4 hours
How To Be a Conscious Traveller in Australia
As well as the general ways to be a conscious traveller which you can find here, if you are solo travelling Australia you need to be aware of the following:
- Don’t climb Ayres Rock. Climbing Ayres Rock used to be one of the top things to do in Australia. The Aboriginals have since won the rights to keep this rock sacred. Instead, there’s a base walk that you can walk around. If there are signs asking you not to photograph Aboriginal sites refrain from taking pictures.
- Buy Aboriginal art from cultural centres and ask permission before you take any photos of their crafts or the people.
- Australia is known for its unique wildlife but don’t try and touch or feed the animals, and don’t use your flash so that you can protect the animal’s eyes.
- Don’t have your photo taken with a koala or snake around your neck and avoid any staged animal shows such as crocodile shows.
- One of the must sees in Australia is visiting the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you do visit here, be careful not to touch the coral in the reef. Respect the ocean if you choose to dive, snorkel or swim in it.
Social Impact Programs
Lentil As Anything – This not-for-profit vegan restaurant is in four locations in Australia. With the slogan ‘food without borders,’ they aim to care for people and provide a wholesome and nutritious meal. Guests pay what they can for meals and also use food that otherwise would have gone to landfill. The restaurant trains volunteers such as those who are long-term unemployed, migrants and refugees and help them to find paid work.
Daintree Crocodlyus Village – For the Eco Girl about the Globe, Daintree Crocodylus Village is located deep within the Daintree rainforest, less than 2 miles from Cow Bay Beach. This Daintree accommodation feels more like being on safari with tent rooms that come with either a private or shared veranda.
There is a cafe onsite and a games room so you can challenge one of the guests to a game of pool as an ice-breaker. Choose from a jungle double with a shared bathroom, a tropical cabin, rainforest bungalow or a safari hut. There are also beds in a 4 bed mixed dormitory room for those on a budget.
Daintree Ecolodge is also in the Daintree Rainforest. Each villa has views of the rainforest and you can feel at one with the atmosphere of the rainforest with your windows open and screens on your windows to stop the bugs coming in. The views are even better from the restaurant which overlooks the lagoon. All ingredients here are locally sourced so you’re guaranteed a delicious organic meal from seasonal produce.
The staff in this eco lodge Australia are very welcoming and there is a day spa to help you fully relax. If you are searching for an eco getaway, this ecolodge certainly offers sustainable luxury. Prices start from £135/$169 USD for a lagoon villa.
Conservation Volunteers Australia – If you love nature, you could help conserve the environment during your trip to Australia. Help in the volunteering response to the bush fires in the affected areas, or in the areas of heritage, flora and fauna, or coasts and waterways. There are conservation projects across the country in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia.
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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 you drink tap water in Australia? Yes, you can drink tap water but you may prefer to take a water filter for some areas.
- Tipping in Australia: Tipping isn't expected but if you received good service, a tip of 5% to 10% is appreciated.
- Fixed price or barter? Fixed Price.
- Are There ATMs in Australia? Yes, there are many banks and ATMS throughout Australia.
- What side of the road do they drive in Australia? They drive on the left-hand side (the same as the UK).
- Good for vegetarians and vegans? Yes, there are vegan cafes and restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne and other Australian cities. Adelaide even hosts an annual Vegan festival!
- Any seven Wonders of the World? The Great Barrier Reef.
- What is Australia famous for? Surfing, diving, beaches, road trips, and friendly locals.
- Which Australian city should I visit? For first time travel definitely Sydney then either travel up the East Coast to Brisbane, or south to Melbourne.
Map of Australia
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, vaccinations required and events and festivals. Current Time in Canberra Capital City – Canberra Population – 22.4 million Language spoken – English 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.
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.
Budget – £70+ a day
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, vaccinations required and events and festivals.
Current Time in Canberra
Capital City – Canberra
Population – 22.4 million
Language spoken – English
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.
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