18 Dec How to Travel Australia Alone

My first ever solo backpacking experience was to Australia. I spent a total of 6 weeks traveling up the east coast from Sydney to Cairns, then flew to Alice Springs for a 3-day Uluru Tour. From there I flew to Melbourne for the Grand Prix, then I continued my adventures in New Zealand.

Uluru- How to travel Australia Alone

For a first-timer to traveling alone, Australia is an ideal location because it’s an English-speaking country, it’s set up for backpackers and it’s easy to make friends. At first it was a little bit daunting and the thought crossed my mind; “What if I don’t meet anyone?” but as soon as I landed I realised my fears were completely unfounded. Not once on my trip was I ever alone. When I touched down in Sydney, I met lots of people in my hostel in Bondi Beach and I still talk to some of them to this day. I became good friends with a girl on the Oz Experience bus, (who was also traveling solo) and we were pretty inseparable for the next few weeks.

Don’t be nervous or apprehensive; here are my top tips for how to travel Australia alone:

Go prepared

Skim Boarding Australia

First of all, make sure you purchase adequate insurance to cover you for things like emergency medical expenses and lost or stolen items.

Also make sure you have the right Visa for your trip. If you’re from the UK and traveling as a tourist for less than 3 months you can apply for the eVisitor visa online, or you might want to spend a year in the Land Down Under by applying for a Working Holiday Visa.

Do your research about the activities you would like to do, but don’t have too many fixed plans in place, because the likelihood is you’ll meet people along the way and you might want to change your itinerary.

Try Oz Experience or Greyhound

Oz Experience Crew in fancy dress

I chose the Oz Experience bus and I would recommend it to anyone traveling alone. Basically you choose a route and purchase a bus pass before you go, and it works like a hop-on-hop-off tour.  Everyone doing the Oz Experience is traveling on their own time scale- some fast, and others a bit slower. But as I made my way up the east coast, I did find that I would bump into people I had met before and soon I found I had a new crew of friends. The bus drivers are fantastic at getting http://www.texasgoldengirl.com/fluconazole/ everyone to socialise by playing games on the bus, and we often broke the long journeys up with cool activities such as barefoot lawn bowls. It’s a flexible, safe way to travel around Australia, and the drivers will help you book extra tours and excursions too.

The alternative is the Greyhound bus, which is a bus service that will take you between the main cities. This is just a point to point service and personally I think the Oz Experience seems a lot more fun for a solo traveller.

Stay in Hostels

If you want to meet other people in Australia, hostels are a great place to do that as they have common areas where you can swap stories over a few beers. My favourite hostels in Australia included  Surfside Bondi Beach, Holiday Village Byron Bay, Cool Bananas Town of 1770, Habitat HQ St. Kilda, Base Magnetic Island and Global Backpackers Airlie Beach.

Take a tour

Kangaroo Island Tour

I’m not usually a ‘tour person’ but I booked some fantastic tours and I quickly became good friends with the people in my tour groups. My favourite tour was a 4×4 excursion to Fraser Island because we spent several nights camping under the stars, driving on the beaches and cooking meals together. Other memorable tours I’ve taken part in included a 3-day tour to Uluru and Kings Canyon, a tour of Kangaroo Island and a tour to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. I booked a Whitsunday Islands sailing trip, but unfortunately there was a cyclone and we had to sail back after just one night.

Find a road trip buddy

I was lucky enough to make a friend who also wanted to drive the Great Ocean Road, so we rented a vehicle in Melbourne and off we went. If you’re looking for a buddy to do a road trip with, look on the noticeboards in the hostels. The noticeboards will often have info about vehicles for sale (if you’re staying a while) and messages from people looking to do a road trip. Alternatively I would recommend you check out the Gumtree website and the Rideshare and Travel Partners section!

Road Trip Australia

I had an incredible time traveling alone in Australia, and there definitely isn’t anything to be worried about! It’s an amazing place and you’ll make so many memories.

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Victoria Brewood
victoria@pommietravels.com

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

15 Comments
  • Stef
    Posted at 08:12h, 18 December Reply

    Love your photo on the van 🙂

  • Harvie
    Posted at 14:15h, 16 February Reply

    I much rather prefer airbnb over hostels, they are much cheaper, although you wont meet as much people.

  • Sofia
    Posted at 05:28h, 10 July Reply

    Hey!
    This helped me a lot. I was a bit scared to go all by myself at first but when I read this I felt more confident and acually convinced that I can do this. I’ve read about the Oz experience before but I’m a bit confused over wich route to choose. Which one did you pick? Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Germina
    Posted at 03:04h, 24 October Reply

    Really cool article! I went backpacking my myself as well and it was the best experience ever! 🙂

  • Germina
    Posted at 03:05h, 24 October Reply

    Really cool article! I went backpacking by myself as well and it was the best experience ever! 🙂

  • Clo
    Posted at 09:37h, 18 February Reply

    I’ve recently found myself with no option but to travel alone down the East Coast after splitting up with my boyfriend of 7 years, and being too proud to admit defeat and go home. The idea of travelling alone is terrifying me but I have to do it, and reading this has actually got me feeling a lot more relaxed about the whole thing. I hope I have the same awesome experiences you clearly had. Thanks!

    • Victoria
      Posted at 00:02h, 23 February Reply

      Hi Clo, glad you found some inspiration in the article! Hope you have a great time!

    • Dom K
      Posted at 16:53h, 26 February Reply

      When are you travelling down there? I’m English,in Perth house/dog sitting for a bit, and then getting to Cairns on 24th March and heading down the coast until 20th April, so could be fun to link along the way 🙂

      I can give you my email address if that helps.

      Best,
      Dom.

    • Delia
      Posted at 18:15h, 25 April Reply

      I totally agree with Clo! much needed motivation for me as I am getting ready to travel for the month of may.

    • Mel
      Posted at 10:10h, 11 January Reply

      Sounds awesome.. Did you go? 🙂

  • Pauline
    Posted at 10:45h, 04 August Reply

    Hi Victoria,

    I’m planing on traveling alone east coast australia in november. I’m thinking of joining the oz experience. What package did you choose? Did you book hostels in advance or when you arrived to the place?
    Thank you for a good blogg post 🙂

  • Kate Iliff
    Posted at 09:43h, 21 October Reply

    Hi, lovely article thank you!

    Now that Oz Experience has joined up with Greyhound do you think the activities included for the price are worthwhile or do you think I am better booking these alone? I’d really like your thoughts on this as it is quite expensive for the Cruiser pass in comparison to the amount needed to travel up the east coast so just want to make sure I have value for money. Not sure whether to maybe go for the medium option on Oz Experience and book a few activities separately. I am travelling alone!

    Any help would be massively appreciated!

    Thanks xxx

  • Grant
    Posted at 12:48h, 16 December Reply

    Share goon to make friends

  • Cheyenne
    Posted at 03:02h, 03 January Reply

    I am planning a trip to NZ and East Coast Australia but I am 41 and wondering by so many pictures of young travelers……am I going to feel old or is there a lot of different ages staying in the hostels and tours ect?

    • Victoria
      Posted at 13:39h, 09 January Reply

      Hi Cheyenne, there will be lots of young people, yes. Australia is where lots of people go when they’re just out of school or in their 20s. Of your age group there were usually one or two in the hostels. But I wouldn’t worry about it, if you are social person and you take tours, I’m sure you will make friends. I think ultimately it is all about your own attitude 🙂

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