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1. Posted by Bubbly (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

Hi Everyone ",) Im travelling to Oz the 3rd of October arriving in Cairns, Im going solo and to be honest Im abit nervous bout going on my own. Is it right in thinking that staying in small hostels would probably be better for meeting people than quite large hostels. Im travelling down the east coast, have 3 months to do the East Coast, Sydney (for xmas) Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Ayers Rock and maybe Tasmania. Can anyone give me any ideas of good spots to stop off in and stuff to do and see in places. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

I didnt travel alone but lm sure a lot of our other members can reassure you on that note - but l was in Oz & NZ over Xmas & NY past and it was BRILLIANT - people are so friendly, helpful and great! They call a spade a spade and have the same sense of humour as the Irish!

I loved the Great Ocean Road - spent 2 days doing it and if l were to emigrate any where in the world it would be Melbourne - best food and coffee ever!

You will have a ball and TP is here to ask any questions you need answered!

Im so jealous - all the hype about Oz & Nz is correct!

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Travelling around Australia is just like travelling around any other country which is open to tourism with regards to meeting people at hostels. If you make the effort (and sometimes even if you don't), you can make friends, meet great people some of which may have the identical trip planned for a bit. You will not have any worries at all it is far better to travel by yourself than with a friend. This means when you want to do something you do it and don't have to worry if he/she (your friend) is wanting to do it to. It also means you don't get sick and tired of your friend moaning all the time that he or she doesn't want to do what you want or wants to eat at a different place to what you do etc.

Their may be some regions which you may find it a little harder than others to make friends. Although I haven't stayed at any hostels in Tasmania, I'd imagine it'd be considerably harder to make any friends in Tasmania due to it not really being a backpacker type state and not many hostels outside of Hobart existing. If nature is something you love, you should not miss Tasmania because it is a really nice place to get away from the crowds and pollution, but it terribly cold right now by Australian standards. If you can't drive or can't hire a car, then Tasmania is probably not a destination you are going to see much worth seeing because it really is essential to have a hire car or go on a rediculously expensive bus tour. Normal passenger services outside of the major places like Hobart, Launceston and Devonport are ordinary at best. Rarely is there more than 1 bus a day and sometimes more like one every few days to the places worth seeing that are a little bit out of the way.

Great Ocean road in Victoria is really great and you should definitely spend a night somewhere along the way because it is a very long daytrip if you are to do it from Melbourne and back. I did it in a day on this bus tour and the bus left when it was still dark in the morning and got back when it was about 8.00pm so it is a very long day.

What is good places to stop off, see, do etc would depend a lot on your interests. like in queensland it is very nice to stop off and spend some time at the Whitsundays. The islands are very expensive to stay on, but a few budget places exist at Airlie Beach which is perfectly situated for day trips to many really nice places. Also in Queensland Cairns is where a lot of tourists go (although I personally think it is over rated). Surfers Paradise is a really cool place to go if you are in to partying, swimming, surfing and generally having a good time, where as Brisbane which is only a bit over an hour away is the capital city and is very dull and boring as hell and not worth more than a day max.

If you can plan to be anywhere on New Years Eve you have to make it Sydney even if it means staying out all night due to all accommodation being booked out months ago. I haven't ever been there on New Years Eve but every year I watch the fireworks show go off on TV and wish I was there (this year I am seriously considering going there just to see the celebrati0ons go off rather than watching them on TV).

Have a wicked trip and don't worrying about travelling on your own, I did it in must scarier places than Australia and had no problems meeting people and generally having a great time.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

hi louise

I don't think you should have any worries - I travelled round Australia alone, and you will meet more people travelling this way. loads of people are on their own too who will also be keen to meet others. I would recommend small hostels as they tend to be friendlier and I think the big party places tend to be a little intimidating.

Sydney over Christmas is great, but make sure you book accommodation ASAP if you haven't already. are you spending new year there too? the fireworks on the harbour are fantastic.

the great ocean road is worth spending 3 days on if you can, and I would definitely recommend Tasmania as its the most beautiful place in Australia. you shouldn't have a problem meeting people here either, but public transport is not as good as in the rest of oz, so you might want to do a tour for a few days. try www.jetstar.com.au for cheap flights between Melbourne and Hobart - I got one for $100.

I'm sure you will have a ball - let me know if you need advice about anywhere specific.

5. Posted by Bubbly (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

Thanks to all of you for your replies, I feel better bout going it alone now especially after reading your replies and other peoples queries and answers. Is 12 weeks along time to spend travelling down the east coast, I have my working holiday visa because I was ment to be going for the year. Should I stop off somewhere and maybe work for a couple of weeks? Is Cape Tribulation worth visiting? Should I go to Alice Springs from either Cairns or Melbourne? Thanks again for all your help.

6. Posted by Bubbly (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

Thanks to all of you for your replies, I feel better bout going it alone now especially after reading your replies and other peoples queries and answers. Is 12 weeks along time to spend travelling down the east coast, I have my working holiday visa because I was ment to be going for the year. Should I stop off somewhere and maybe work for a couple of weeks? Is Cape Tribulation worth visiting? Should I go to Alice Springs from either Cairns or Melbourne? Thanks again for all your help.