While travelling solo in Australia for over 13 years I have had the opportunity of trying out all kinds of accommodation along my way.
In my solo trips I have shared rooms in hostels, camped out on my own, stayed in B&B, rented out rooms in private homes, stayed in boutique hotels and luxury cottages.
Travelling solo is the most exciting experience I have made in many years of travels and this is what keeps fuelling my Love Affair with Australia.
The unlimited benefits of travelling solo
I cannot stop emphasizing the benefits of travelling solo. On the other hand the downside of travelling solo is the cost of travelling Australia. Australia is an expensive destination and accommodation alone will have a big impact on your budget. That's why you need to be prepared to adapt to situations and be open to consider alternative ways of staying.
How to choose where to stay when travelling alone
By travelling solo you will book your accommodation as a single person, which means staying in a double hotel room for single use. This will become unaffordable, especially on long term travel. The good thing is that in Australia there is an excellent offer of alternative accommodation to suit solo travellers too. Here below I have created a list to give you an overview of where to stay in Australia when travelling solo, based on my personal experience.
Where to stay in Australian Cities
While hotels are the most expensive type of accommodation in cities a good alternative to hotels is staying in hostels. In 10 years of travelling solo Australia I have tried out over 40 different hostels. The best experience I have had so far is with the YHA hostels chain. In big cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide I can highly recommend to stay at one of the YHA hostels. They have comfortable 4bed rooms at affordable rates. With about 30AUD/night you get a nice place to stay with the use of all facilities. Double or single rooms are also available for 70-90AUD if you want more privacy. A double room is good after a long road trip or a flight haul and whenever you need more privacy and a good rest. On this page you can read about the pros and cons of staying in hostels.
You can read more on this guide to Hostels Accommodation in Australia.
Where to stay in the Australian Outback
In the Outback you have different choices between motels, hotels, backpackers and private accommodation. Usually in small outback towns accommodation is not expensive, but you will have to make your research before getting there to see what's available. Camping is a great optiong if you are travelling solo for a long time in the Australian Outback. Various options are offered from cabins and cottages to hiring a tent.
Where to stay when road tripping around Australia
If you plan to hire a car in Australia and drive by yourself you need to check out first what type of accommodation is available along your way. If no hostels are available in the countryside it is always a good idea to check out campsites where private cabins are available at reasonable rates So if you do not fancy camping out in a tent there are good alternative like staying privately with Airbnb.
Benefits of the sharing economy for the solo traveller
If staying in hostels is not your thing and do not like busy dorms and shared facilities like kitchen and bathrooms, then the best way for your is probably using hopitaliy networks like Couchsurfing by taking advantage of the sharing economy companies.
In 2011 I started staying in private homes rented out from Airbnb. I stayed a few times in South Western Australia, in Victoria, in Cairns and in New South Wales. It's not as cheap as a dorm bed in a hostel, but is way less expensive than a hotel room. For 2 nights in a small apartment with ocean view on Phillip Island I paid 150 AUD.
You can use my link to get an Airbnb coupon code of 35 USD off on your first booking that is over 75 USD.
Consider driving by yourself around Australia
I know that solo driving may be sound daunting. I was scared at the beginning and only used buses or trains to travel around Australia. Then I first tried out a few road trips with a friend. That was good to gain confidence and learn that driving alond around Australia is not as scary as I thought. You need a littel bit of courage first bu then it's one of the most thrilling experience I have made on my own.
Solo Camping in Australia may not be your idea of staying in Australia. However it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors of Australia. There is no better way to experience the Australian Outback and remote wilderness areas than camping. In Australia you can hire a mini campervan with 1-2 berths which is ideal for travelling on your own. Camping sites in Australia are very good value and in some remote areas there are free camping sites too.
Consider hiring a campervan if you plan to spend at least 10-15 days on the road. As you will have to pay upfront deposit 6 weeks ahead of time, you will not be able to hire a campervan for less than 7 days. Some companies may rent it to you for a shorter time.
You can check out this page for campervans rentals in Australia.
Welcome Free accommodation in Australia
Staying for free is also something everyone raves about it when travelling solo Australia. If you plan to stay in a place for a long time, like a couple of weeks or even longer, than housesitting in Australia as a solo traveller can be a great way of getting free accommodation in exchange of little household work, like looking after pets.
This type of exchange accommodation is mostly offered to couples however it is becoming popular for solo travellers too. Additionally if your own a flat or a house you can think of exchanging it with someone's else home for a few weeks. Here you can read how to get house-sits in Australia.
Go on a Tour to balance out solo travelling
I know myself how tiring it can be in Australia to be on the road completely on your own. Going on a daily tour or multi days tours is a way of rewarding yourself. The huge travel distances is another downside when travelling solo Australia. That's why considering 2-3 days break can be a great way to balance out your solo travels, so as to re-connect to a group of people and regain shape. Having someone else who looks after the organization of your trip for a couple of days, where to stay, what to do is a treat and the luxury that you deserve.
Going on Australia Tours can be good thing to consider when you plan to cover long distances across remote areas or outback regions.
As you can see there are plenty of accommodation options in Australia to enjoy travelling solo Australia on long term and without breaking the bank.
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