In 10 years of Solo Travels in Australia I have experienced land Down Under as a solo traveller and have learnt what works and what doesn't. I know how important it is to be well prepared and have a thought-out travel plan. Australia is an expensive country and the cost of travelling Australia can have a considerable impact on the budget of the solo traveller. If you plan your accurately you will keep travel expenses low and learn how to travel long term on a budget.
To help solo travellers create their own adventure around Australia I have written the trave book Your Australia Itinerary the most comprehensive guide for the solo traveller to Australia.
Things that are crucial for the solo traveller to Australia
Some time ago I shared with you my basic trip planning tips for Australia I keep emphasizing how important it is to get a feel of the vastness of the country, so as to balance your time frame with the places you want to see and the distances you have to travel. It's easy for first time travellers to underestimate the travel distances in Australia and cram too much into the travel itinerary.
Here below are my best tips for choosing wisely your destinations.
- When making a draft plan of your trip itinerary you can use Google Maps to easily check distances. Let's say you plan to travel from Sydney to Adelaide, Google Maps also identifies all travel options to your destination. Do this search for each single trip leg so as to have a complete picture of how the time involved to get from A to B and how to best fit this into your time frame. You can get a complete Australia distance chart ready to use on Your Australia Itinerary Book.
- It is worth considering alternative ways to flying. For the solo traveller it's easier to fly from A to B, as flying is the fastest way of getting around the country. I recommend going on solo road trips with rental cars or using public transportation like interstate trains, coaches and buses, because this is by far a better way to experience the vastness of the country and the rich landscape diversity of Australia.
- Choose road trips with distances that you feel comfortable with. If you are a first time solo traveller to Australia, start with short road trips, use two-wheel-cars and drive on bitumen roads, drive back in a loop: start from one main town or city, stop along more destinations along your way to return back to your place.
- Timing is crucial for the success of your solo trip. Whether your trip is two weeks or three months, timing is key. On one hand, you don’t want to miss out on important things, but on the other hand, you don’t want to stay too long in one place as you want to make the most of your time. For Uluru and Kings Canyon you will need four days and four nights. For the Great Ocean Road three days allows you to see it at a slow pace and spend a whole days at the 12 Apostels. Find out how much time you need in core destinations for yor Australia Itinerary Book.
- How to choose the right way of getting around Australia. If you’re travelling on your own for the first time, you may want to start with one-third of the time on your own and the rest of it on tours, or half of it on tours and half on your own. The aim is to spend more time exploring places on your own, because the more time you travel on your own the more independent you’ll become, and the more you’ll enjoy yourself. These 5 travel hacks will help you plan your trip.
- Specialty tours can offer a better experience than you can have by yourself because they share in-depth knowledge and show the hidden secrets of a place you wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise. From river cruising, wildlife viewing, indigenous and cultural explorations, outdoor adventures, hands-on food and wine tasting tours there are many high value tours offered on a daily basis that can enrich the overall experience of the solo traveller in Australia. On this page you can learn about the Australia Tours that I recommend.
- A clear focus helps you identify areas and destinations to include in your itinerary. Do you want to learn to surf, hike in national parks, watch wildlife, or indulge in food and wine tastings? Once you have a clear idea about the type of activities and travel you have in mind, it's easier to pick destinations and time frame.
- Choose when to visit according to the focus of your trip. If you are keen on snorkelling and water sports then the Northern Australia is your place and definitely you need to travel in winter between May and October to make the most of your time. December to February will be a busy time for travelling Australia in the Southern regions with hot weather. Here you can read about the best time for travelling Australia.
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More Travel planner help for the Solo Traveller to Australia
If you don't know, where to start with and how to develop your solo travel plan, Your Australia Itinerary Book will be a great help while choosing your destinations with the knowledge and insight of an experienced solo traveller. 4 complete itineraries, 36 customization options, an array of travel tools and tested tours will allow to easily put together your own itinerary for 3-5 weeks Australia trip.
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