Australia is a great destination to travel alone and for solo road trips. There are many unique places that match any type of travel.
Driving in Australia does not require special skills as long as you drive on sealed tracks. In remote Outback areas however a certain level of experience is required as four-wheel-drive is strictly necessary on unsealed roads. Moreover weather conditions can make it difficult and dangerous. Therefore before venturing out alone on a road trip across the Australian Outback, consider whether this is something you feel comfortable with and meet your level of driving experience.
For more information on driving in the australian Outback check out this post.
A list of the best places to travel on your own in Australia
This is a list of top places to travel alone in Australia. They are absolutely no-brainer and everyone can embrace these adventures, even if you travel by yourself for the first time. I have travelled to these places on my own several times with rental cars as well as using public transportation.
Bild your trip itinerary around Australian Cities
As a first time traveller to Australia you will want to see the major Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne. While activities and attractions abundan in cities, they can be used as a main hub for further explorations of surroundings. In fact you don't need to travel much farther.
Sydney and Melbourne are two places that I recommend if long driving distances are not really your thing. With public transportation you can visit much of Sydney surroundings and go day-trips from Melbourne.
Best places to travel alone in Australia – self-driving
If you can consider self-driving, then you definitely have it all. Australia is a fantastic country for all types of road trips. From rural areas, to coastal scenic drives to remote Outback regions, you just name it.
Here a list of the best places I have discovered by road tripping over the years on my solo travels in Oz.
The Great Ocean Road Solo Road Trip
The 300 km coastal drive is beautiful but demanding as there are lots of turns and bends. Along your way there are many places to visit and activities to do offering time for resting too. Plan at least 2-3 days to make the most of this fascinating coastal drive. I can recommend hiring a car in Melbourne and taking an inland detour to the Grampians National Park on your way back. Here you can read more about the best places to travel alone on the Great Ocean Road Trip.
Driving alone from Alice Springs to Uluru
There are many myths about the Uluru Trip. You will be amazed of how easy this road trip is to travel alone. Just keep driving straight ahead of you for hundreds of kilometeres. You don't need to hire a four wheel drive car, as the route is completely on sealed roads. The 440km from Alice springs to Yulara Resort and 330 km from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon are reasonable distances that everyone can easily travel alone. My tip plan 4 days for the entire route. A first stop could be the Rim Walk in Kings Canyon, with one night at the Kings Canyon Resort and then drive further to Ayers Rock for 2 more nights. On this post you can read about my tips for driving to Uluru.
A Solo Road trip from Perth to Margaret River
300km south of Perth lies one of the most amazing regions for Food and Wine in Australia. It's a pleasent and easy highway drive to get there. To explore the region between Margaret River, Augusta and Busselton a car is also necessary as there is no public transportation. My tip, add extra 200-300 km and travel to Walpole, Denmark and further south to Albany to visit the wilderness coastal landscapes and see the famous Tall Trees. All roads are sailed and in good conditions. Plan at least 4-5 days for Margaret River and 3-4 days for travelling South Western Australia.
How to Discover South West Australia by car on your own
If you can plan more than a week, then I would definitely drive further down south and explore more of the beautiful South West Australia. I recently went on a 10-day solo road trip down to Albany and explored one of the most ancient with the highest biodervisity in the world. On thi post you can read about how to explore the South Western Australia by car on your own.
Driving alone from Cairns to Cape Tribulation
Two more great australian road trips for solo travellers are in Northern Tropical Queensland. The first trip is from Cairns to Cape Tribulation where you can visit Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge. This can be done either as a day-trip or by staying overnight at Cape Tribulation in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. The tropical region offers next to spectacular rainforest scenery with walks and cruises, abundant fruits, coffee plantations, hills and mountains, gorges and waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands. Check this post for more tips from Cairns to Cape Tribulation and from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands.
East Coast Australia from Sydney to Cairns by yourself
Probably among the most beloved places for backpacking in Australia the East Coast Australia ranks high on the list of solo travellers. Queensland hosts hundreds of backpackers in summer for their Australian Working Holiday.
While hiring a car is probably a more relaxed way to travel from Sydney up to Cairns. You will be able to stop along your way as much as you like, stop at Byron Bay, visit the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.
Further north from Airlie Beach you can explore the Whithsundays Islands, drive to Rockhampton and along the Capricorn Coast. If driving alone is not really your thing, there are more options to travel alone on the Estern Coast of Australia. There are many train and bus options. Plan at least 3-4 weeks from Sydney to Cairns to make the most of the East Coast of Australia.
Discover the Gold Coast of Australia on your own
Another great place of the East Coast Australia is the Gold Coast. I first travelled to Coolongatta 3 years ago on a 2-day self guided tour. Coolongatta is the first village coming from New South Wales. Being the Gold Coast a long stretch of coast and land (over 60 km) in a couple of days you can only see a tiny fraction of the region. Recently I recently spent 40 days visiting the Gold Coast. I think this is a great place for the solo traveller. Despite being touristy, it does offer everything to any type of traveller, with a variety of outdoor activies, festivals and amenities that is hard ot beat. You can also escape the crowds and drive inland to the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland for more outdoor exploration and great walks in the nature.
Now over to you: What are your best places to travel alone Australia? If you have a solo road trip that you can recommend for the solo traveller please share it with us by leaving your comment here below. Thanks!
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