Traveling solo can be liberating, rewarding, and empowering. And Australia – with its eco-thrills, city excitement, and welcoming locals – is the perfect place to go it alone. Here are some must-see spots, exciting activities, and offbeat experiences for discovering this alluring country.
Since you’ll be traveling solo, this is the perfect opportunity to make some new friends abroad. Australia’s sociable citizens will welcome you with open arms. They’re a travel-loving bunch that enjoy sharing time and stories with fellow wanderers. Don’t be surprised if you’re frequently invited to join them for a meal or even to explore parts of their exciting country with them. The locals from the Land Down Under suggest striking up a conversation over a drink. Meander to Southern Australia’s celebrated McLaren Vale wine region to visit the new d’Arenberg Cube. Built by the legendary winery of the same name, this Rubik’s Cube-esque building turned wine tasting room, art gallery, and entertainment center has interesting architecture that alone is enough to inspire a chat with fellow patrons.
Australia’s lone adventure potential is no secret, and you’re guaranteed to run into quite a few sole seekers along your own journey. The eastern coast state of Queensland particularly calls to bold backpackers, gap-year globetrotters, and ever-roaming vagabonds, and offers plenty of opportunities to meet them; take a surf lesson in the Gold Coast, join a vineyard tour in Southern Queensland, and hop on a sailing adventure around The Whitsundays Islands. Bonus: This region also happens to hold some of Australia’s most sought after sights.
Experience the Great Barrier Reef
Speaking of sailing around The Whitsundays, this breathtaking assortment of idyllic islands and pristine sandbars is the heart of the Great Barrier Reef – with an aptly shaped coral reef formation to prove it. There’s nothing that will leave you with a greater impact as the largest living structure on Earth. Snorkeling around its vibrant corals and the abundance of unique creatures is truly a brag-worthy experience that cannot be missed. And if the Whitsundays aren’t on your agenda, you can access this natural marvel from many points along Queensland’s coast, from the laid-back city of Cairns to the well-preserved corals just off the sands of Arlie Beach.
To capture the true essence of Australia, follow the red sandy roads into its famous Outback. From the acres of incredible views to iconic Uluru, the Northern Territory is the embodiment of the country’s Aboriginal past and pioneering soul. In addition to the must-see spots, like the Devil’s Marbles, we recommend venturing off the grid to Nitmiluk, also known as Katherine Gorge. Soak up the spirit of the Outback by swimming in or canoeing around volcanic pools and exploring Jatbula Trail. This five-day adventure through the park features off-the-beaten path scenery, waterfalls, and Aboriginal rock art.
See the Cities
Australia’s eco-wonders may be its claim to fame, but it’s the assortment of energetic cities, each with their own unique character and more different from the last, are definitely worth an urban adventure. Whether you crave the renowned landmarks found in iconic Sydney, the culture and food scene of ever-evolving Melbourne, the go-with-the-flow vibes of always sunny Brisbane, or the youthful, active atmosphere of fun-loving Perth, there’s no shortage of metropolitan escapades. Wherever your wandering heart leads you, our Aussie friends tell us the best way to introduce yourself to their cities is with a walking tour. Plus, you can even choose an itinerary that’s geared towards your particular interests, such as an architecture, food, or street art tour.
Traveling by yourself can seem intimidating at first, but Australia has the cure for all your fears. After your life-changing adventure filled with endless new tales, memories, and friends, you’ll be ready to book your next unaccompanied expedition. Contact your local travel agent today and start planning your own self-discovering journey to Australia.