Australia seems to be on everyone’s bucket list and it’s a great place for solo travelers. There is an abundance of road trippers, backpackers, digital nomads, and gap-year beach bros and babes throughout the country to keep you company.
They head to Sydney when they need a taste of bars and dancing, they go to the Great Barrier Reef to witness a miracle of nature, and the take to the surfboards whenever they are near the coastline.
Traveling alone in Australia is ideal even if it is your first time. There are plenty of nice and outgoing people ready to meet and mingle. A lot of travelers to Australia extend their trips past their departure date and wind up sticking around another week, month, or even years.
Where to start?
The first thing you want to do is visit a good travel platform to learn the best things to do while you are in Australia. What’s On is a site that allows listings for what to eat, see, do, and where to travel and shop in Australia. Contact them for a free listing and start planning for your trip now.
Most trips to Australia begin in idyllic Sydney. The quintessential Australian city with the architecture of the Opera House and the beautiful harbor, welcomes people from all over the world every day. There is a beach vibe and a beachy buzz that permeates this city making it the perfect place to begin your journey.
After Sydney, many travelers make their way to Melbourne where food, sports, and cultural events are prime on to-do lists and itineraries. You can take in a game of rugby, and spend the evening wining and dining in some of the best restaurants in the country.
Other must-see sights in Australia include the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, the Gold Coast, Fraser Island, Uluru Rock, and the Outback. For those who want to travel a bit outside of the normal tourist stops, a visit to the Northern Territory provides plenty to do in national parks. Or to Tasmania to hunt for devils, maybe? Maybe a wine tour in South Australia? Whatever your interests, Australia has it covered.
So how to get around once you get to Australia?
As a solo traveler, there are many options for getting from one spot to another. The country is very large (#6 in the world) so some planning will be required. The easiest way to go is flying and fortunately, the ticket prices can be fairly reasonable for in-country flights. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, there are also buses, or you can rent a car and drive on your own.
You can also rent a camper or van which could double as your hotel for the nights. If you choose this option, you may want to find another backpacker in a hostel or plan in advance to meet up with another solo traveler to share the costs and stay safe.
Places to Stay
A lot of solo travelers like to stay in hostels because they provide the best opportunity for meeting other solo travelers. They also have different group events for when you are feeling like you need some social time.
Another option is to do a work exchange where you volunteer about 5 hours of your time each day in exchange for a room and a meal or two. Work exchanges allow you to learn skills like farming, building, painting, and running a small business.
Get ready to go down under and have the time of your life in Australia. Organize a plan, set your goals, and make it happen.