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Tips For Travelling Australia Alone

Australia — renowned for its rugged landscapes, exquisite beaches, and cosmopolitan cities — is a backpacker’s dream. Travelling Australia alone can be one of the most rewarding experiences for avid explorers, filled with opportunities for personal growth and adventure. Yet, solo travelling in such a vast and diverse country also demands a degree of preparedness.

Make travelling Australia alone easy by following our tips. With a focus on solo travel in Australia, these tips will ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.

This guide will direct you to the best places to travel alone in Australia and how to do it safely and enjoyably.

Planning Your Solo Adventure: Preparing for Your Journey

Your journey starts in the planning stages as you make preparations for your exciting adventure ahead. Check out these top tips for planning your trip travelling Australia alone:

  1. If you’re entering Australia from abroad, search for flights. Use online tools such as Skyscanner to find the best available prices.
  2. If you don’t hold Australian nationality, find out what documentation you need to enter the country and apply for your visa early.
  3. Check that your passport will have enough validity for your trip.
  4. Whether you’re already in Australia or are flying in, the next step is to plan out your itinerary. Research your destinations and create a rough draft of your itinerary, either day by day if you like planning, or week by week if you want to make room for spontaneity.
  5. Work out how you’re going to get from each point on your itinerary, whether that’s by public transport or by hiring a car. Australia really is a road trip destination, so we highly recommend considering car hire!
  6. Now you can start booking your accommodation. If you’re on a budget, consider cost-saving measures like opting for budget accommodation or campsites and cooking your own meals.
  7. Get travel insurance in place to cover health, theft of or damage to your possessions, and travel delays.
  8. Ensure any vaccinations and health checks are up-to-date. Stock up on any medication you may need to take with you.
  9. Book any excursions or tours you want to take at your destination.
  10. Get a travel credit card with no foreign transaction fees if you’re coming from outside Australia.
  11. If applicable, get yourself an international SIM card to take care of your calls and data.
  12. Share your itinerary and accommodation details with friends and family.
  13. Start packing!

Safety First: Tips for Staying Safe While Travelling Alone

Australia is generally a safe and friendly place for solo travellers. But hey, let's not throw caution to the wind! Here are a few handy tips to keep your Aussie adventure going smoothly.

Watch out for the locals—no, not the Aussies, the wildlife! From cuddly koalas to cheeky kangaroos, our critters are part of what makes Aus unique. Just give 'em some space and admire from a safe distance. They’re most active during dawn and dusk, so try to avoid driving during these times or stay hyper-alert if you do!

Aussie weather can be as unpredictable as a game of footy. We’re lucky that we get pretty good weather year-round in Aus, but conditions can be a bit different depending where you travel. Stay in the know about those weather conditions, especially if you're planning outdoor adventures. Sunscreen and a hat are your best mates against the beaming sun!

When in doubt, listen to the locals. Whether it's advice from a friendly Aussie or a sign warning about rip currents at the beach, always follow local safety recommendations. They’ve got your back!

Download apps to help you understand risks and how to deal with them. Keep track of weather conditions with the BOM Weather app and get the Australian Red Cross First Aid app to help you deal with minor injuries and illnesses when you’re travelling Australia alone.

Stay safe when you’re out and about by following these common-sense tips:

  • The land of Aus is a safe and fun place to explore most of the time, but you never know who you could come across. Leave your flashy bling at home so you don’t attract the wrong kind of attention.
  • Cash is king, but don't put all your eggs in one basket. Split your dough between a couple of spots so if one stash goes missing, you've still got backup to keep the good times rolling.
  • Party responsibly, my friend! Sip on those drinks and enjoy your holiday, but keep an eye on your surroundings and guard your drink like it's the last slice of pizza.
  • Planning a night out? Sweet! Just make sure you've got a game plan for getting back home safe and sound.
  • Emergency contacts are like superheroes in your phone. Save those local emergency numbers for a quick rescue if things get wild.
  • Say cheese! Well, not really, but do snap some digital copies of your important docs like your passport and travel insurance. It's like having a backup plan for your backup plan.
  • Last but not least, trust your gut. If a place or person gives you the heebie-jeebies, just follow your instincts and bounce!


Accommodation Options for Solo Travellers

When travelling Australia alone, it’s important to check out accommodation options before you depart, booking ahead where appropriate. There are heaps of affordable choices for solo travel in Australia, from hostels to hotels and caravan parks.

Summerstar Tourist Parks are the perfect pick if you’re travelling Australia alone. Safe, clean, and affordable, they’re a great place to meet other travellers and make lasting friendships. Because they’re in prime locations across Western Australia and South Australia, you can hop from one park to the next, enjoying a high level of comfort and safety at every destination.


Head to the Margaret River region for some of the best waves on the planet. After chasing the breaks at Surfers Point, park your caravan at Summerstar’s Margaret River Tourist Park, a haven for those who carry the ocean in their soul.


Or adventure into the ancient forests of Walpole. Walk among the treetops in the Valley of the Giants and feel the majesty of nature. The Walpole Rest Point Caravan Park offers a peaceful rest in nature’s basket.


The coastal town of Broome is known as a holiday hotspot and is the perfect base for exploring the northwest of Western Australia. Make Broome Caravan Park your place to unwind after a day exploring the area’s beaches, art galleries, and outdoor experiences.


Choose Kalbarri Red Bluff Tourist Park if you’re a nature lover. This beautiful location overlooking the Indian Ocean and just a few minutes’ walk from the beach offers the chance to spot exciting wildlife like whales and dolphins.

And if you’re searching for a tranquil retreat, opt for Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park in South Australia. It’s the perfect stopping point if you’re making the road trip from Esperance to Ceduna, taking in stunning coastal landscapes on the way.

Whatever your choice of accommodation, follow a few simple rules to ensure your stay is as hassle-free as possible. Take advantage of any early bird discounts, look for recommended options, and find out what facilities are available before you arrive. Know how to reach your accommodation by public transport too so there’s no chance of being stranded.

Navigating Transportation: Getting Around Australia Solo

Getting around safely and efficiently is essential when you’re travelling Australia alone. You’ll find lots of transportation options in each city and area, including public transport and car rentals.

Public transport tickets and prices will vary, but in many locations, you can buy a card that will let you travel on different modes of transport with a single ticket.

In Melbourne, this is a myki, which lets you travel on trains, trams, and buses. In Brisbane, you can access these services with a go card. Meanwhile, in Sydney, you can get an Opal card to pay for your trips on public transport. And a SmartRider card will give you access to travel on Transperth services in Western Australia.

Make the most of online journey planners to help you navigate transportation networks efficiently and know when the last journey of the day runs.

If you’re venturing further afield, you may consider hiring a car — it’s a great way to see this vast and beautiful country. To do this, you’ll need to be at least 21 years of age with a valid driving licence and insurance.

Making Connections: Socialising and Meeting Other Travellers

Hostels, caravan parks, local meet-ups, and tours are great ways to meet fellow travellers and Australians. Australia has a strong culture of backpacking, and you’ll find that camaraderie quickly forms on the road.

You can also join social media groups and apps designed with a theme of solo travel in Australia. This way, you can connect with kindred spirits both before you set off and while you’re on the road, so you’ll always have a like-minded traveller waiting in the wings.

If you’ve got a hobby, use it to your advantage while travelling. Sign up for group activities or just get out there, and you’ll meet plenty of people who share your interests. Love hiking and wildlife? Head for the Kalbarri National Park in Western Australia, where you can enjoy stunning hikes and water activities. 

If you’re into beaches, bars, and breweries, book a stay at Busselton Lazy Days Caravan Park. It’s in close proximity to local Busselton attractions such as Deep Sea Pool, a protected swim, dive, and snorkel area. There’s certainly something for everyone when it comes to activities close to each Summerstar Tourist Park.


Embracing Solo Activities and Adventures

Whatever your passion in life, there’s no reason why you can’t do it alone — and while you’re on the road. Australia offers a wealth of solo activities and experiences, from outdoor pursuits to arts and crafts.

Stay in a Summerstar Tourist Park, and you’ll have a wealth of activities on your doorstep. From Riverview Tourist Park, enjoy a winery tour or explore the stunning Margaret River caves, full of intriguing limestone crystals.

Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park is the place to indulge your passion for swimming, thanks to its glorious sandy stretches and crystal clear water.

Or use the Tom Price Tourist Park as your base to pursue your love of the outdoors. You’ll find the Karijini National Park within easy travelling distance of your base. Or make new friends while practising golf at Mountain View Sporting Club nearby.

Have fun practising your established hobbies, but don’t be afraid to try something new as well. While travelling, you’ve got nothing to lose and, in fact, a lot to gain by trying new experiences and making fresh connections.

Above all, stay open-minded to new opportunities while following sensible safety precautions. This way, you’ll enjoy all the abundance Australia has to offer without compromising your well-being.

Empowering Solo Travellers to Explore Australia With Confidence

Travelling solo in Australia is as much about discovering yourself as it is about discovering the country. Follow our safety tips and be aware of your surroundings, but keep an open heart and mind to enjoy every new location where you can grow your inner story.

Australia’s sheer scale means you could spend a lifetime exploring just the fringes of its beauty. Know that amongst this vastness, each Summerstar Tourist Park is more than a waypoint; it’s a home base where you can enjoy a comfortable night’s rest and meet new friends. Book online today!

Frequently asked questions

  • Is it safe to travel alone in Australia?

    Australia's as laid-back as a koala napping in a gum tree (most of the time). But hey, a little caution goes a long way:

    • Wildlife: Our critters are cool, but give them some space. They're most active at dawn and dusk, so be extra aware during those times.
    • Weather: Aussie weather can be a bit of a drama queen. Pack for all sorts of situations and check the forecast before you head out. Sunscreen and a hat are your besties!
    • Listen to the locals: Whether it's a friendly tip or a sign warning about rogue waves, follow the advice and stay safe.
    • Supercharge your phone: Download apps like BOM Weather for hot weather updates and the Australian Red Cross First Aid app.
  • What are the Best Accommodation Options for Solo Travellers in Australia?

    Australia offers a variety of accommodation options for solo travellers, including hostels, hotels, and caravan parks. Summerstar Tourist Parks, located across Western Australia and South Australia, are ideal for solo travellers seeking safety, cleanliness, and affordability. These parks provide a comfortable environment for meeting other travellers and making lasting friendships while exploring the beauty of Australia.

  • How Can Solo Travelers Navigate Transportation in Australia?

    Solo travellers in Australia have access to various transportation options, including public transport and car rentals. Major cities like Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and Perth offer integrated public transport systems with cards such as myki, go card, Opal card, and SmartRider card. Additionally, hiring a car is a popular choice for exploring the vast landscapes of Australia, but ensure you meet the age and licensing requirements before doing so.

1 May 2024

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