When it comes to life changing travel, nothing could be more impactful than going it alone. We know what you might be thinking – “Me, exploring foreign lands by myself?” Your hesitation is understandable, but once you make the leap, you’ll find that traveling solo is one of the most liberating, rewarding, and empowering experiences of your life. And with its unparalleled eco-thrills, city excitement, and unanimous welcoming nature, Australia is the perfect place to discover yourself as your new favorite travel companion. We asked the experts on the Australian Tourism Board to share their favorite must-see spots, exciting activities, and offbeat experiences for discovering their alluring country for yourself and only you.
Meet Some Awesome Aussies
Since you’ll be traveling solo, this is the perfect opportunity to make some new friends abroad, and 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.
Sync Up with Solos
Australia’s lone adventure potential is no secret, and you’re guaranteed to run into quite 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 Australia’s playground 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.
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It Doesn’t Get Greater Than This
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 perhaps 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.
Delve Deep in the Outback
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 in particular is the embodiment of the country’s Aboriginal past and pioneering soul. In addition to the must-see spots, like the Devil’s Marbles rock formation, we recommend venturing off the grid to Nitmiluk National Park.
Here, you’ll not only be mesmerized by the natural beauty of eco-sites like Nitmiluk – also known as Katherine – Gorge, but you’ll also have a chance to soak up the spirit of the Outback by swimming or canoeing around volcanic pools and meeting up with fellow explorers on the Jatbula Trail, a five-day adventure through the park featuring true off-the-beaten path scenery, waterfalls, and Aboriginal rock art.
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See the Cities
Australia’s eco-wonders may be its claim to fame, but its 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 to.
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. Call your travel agent today and start planning your own self-discovering journey to Australia.