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1. Posted by laney1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I am a 24 year old female who will be travelling to Australia in two weeks - stopping off in Hong Kong, then stayin in Sydney for about a week and then want to travel up the East Coast. Very excited but also panicing about a couple of things as its the 1st time im travelling alone!

Just wanted to ask a couple of questions and see if anyone can help me out....?

Firstly will I be ok with a pull along suitcase? (Unfortunately I injured myself a while back so I cant do the backpacking thing)

I'm also planning in staying in hostels, are there likely to be facilities to lock up/put away my suitcase anywhere when I go out durin the day/night?

Obviously i will need to keep my passport, credit cards, phone and cash etc on me but when i go to the beach or want to swim, where can I keep them? Is there anywhere to put that kinda stuff??

Also dont know what clothes to take? Days are cool - obviously summer stuff but more the evenings - is it quite a casual and relaxed vibe?

Would really appreciate the advice and love to hear from you if you are planning a similar trip or if you've been to East Coast and can recommend anywhere definitely worth seeing - Im particularly excited about the Whitsundays and Byron Bay :)

2. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey, i went a few months ago for a few weeks,also alone and my first time, spent about a week in sydney and then flew up to Cairns and bused it own the east coast, arriving back in Sydney.

I have got my WHV and am looking at booking aflight and flying out in about 5 weeks time. Last time i took a backpack but this time i'm taking my whole wardrobe, lol, and will be taking a long a pull along holdall. It'll be fine, you only dump your stuff in your room, as long as your comfortable. Most people had backpacks, one girl i met up with had a pull along holdall.

Byron Bay is excellent, stay at Holiday Inn, i satyed in an apartment-they are really nice and worth the money they are only $3 more than a dorm room. Holiday Inn is right opposite cheecky monkeys...oh the fun i had there! excellent.

Magnetic island is a really nice place to chill out during the day and party at night. I wish i had longer there, but i will soon! I stayed at base backpackers-also a really good place to stay. There's not much about but if you want a few days to relax-its great.

Nimbin i had a day trip to and wish i could have spent a night there, people ahve their own opinions on this palce, its a hippy community, loved it because its different, kool shiops and they are very laid back (prob due to the drug taking!!)

Airlie beach is a great little place by day and night. I only really saw the nightlife-it is brill, you meet so many people.

Cairns i didnt really like, in the end found a great little place to party the night away but personally i didnt find it all that.

I only had 2 weeks to do the east coast so by day i was stuck on a coach and i only had 1 night in each place.

You will have a great time tho!

All the best and enjoy!

3. Posted by flis_82 (Inactive 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey, im a 23 year old girl currently doing an around the world trip on my own too.
I decided to take a backpack and a wheelie case with me and it's been no problems so far, although baggage allowance is only 20kg which isnt really alot - but i couldnt of carried much more anyway.
Like you i flew to Hong Kong first where i spent a couple of days (try to see the Big Budda on Lantau island if you can) and then onto Sydney where i've been staying with family for about a month now, i too plan to travel up the east coast but not till march as im working at the mo, otherwise would have been cool to do it together.
Clothes wise like you said day time is easy, skirts/shorts and bikini tops is all u need, i've found that people generally dont get as dressed up to go to bars/clubs as they do back home, i'd just take lots of accessories to dress things up. Keep in touch and let me know how the travels are going.
PS. dont have any worries about travelling alone

4. Posted by laney1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Thanks for the replies they were very resassuring (although today i had issues deciding how big a suitcase to take with me!)

Lil J - Thanks for the tips especially about Byron Bay accomodation. Cairns doesn't sound appealing to me either but I cant wait for Airlie Beach that place looks like my idea of heaven!

Flis_82 - Great to hear some girl advice on the clothes! Im pleased its not too smart there as didnt fancy bringin all my stuff out with me! Its so hard to know what to take.... Shame you not doing the east coast at the same time as me!

I think my major concern about being on my own is not losing anything and making sure my stuff is safe but other than that am excited

If anyone else has any advice or is planning an east coast trip in the next few weeks, please let me know

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting lil j

Airlie beach is a great little place by day and night. I only really saw the nightlife-it is brill, you meet so many people.

Party all night, sleep all day?

6. Posted by laney1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Also if anyone has any accommodation recommendations particularly for Sydney, Byron Bay or Whitsundays, please let me know

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I took my last two trips with a rolling duffel bag, and I've sworn off ever using the thing again. It's so awkward and bulky - everything kept shifting around, and it got punctured a few times by baggage handlers. Plus I was a sight to see stumbling on and off the train. I'd suggest you head out to a luggage store and try different models out to see what feels best. I saw a man with a black, hard-case, slim rolling suitcase which I thought looked perfect: strong and durable, yet easy to cart and store. If you find one of those anywhere, let me know!

8. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yes James-that sounds about right!!

Oh you have to stay in one of the apartments in Byron Bay-at holiday Inn-it's $3 more for an apartment than a dorm. You have your own kitchen and a great bathroom. I'll definately be staying there again.

9. Posted by hidi6514 (Budding Member 34 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I fly out on my own 5 weeks on Friday Yeah!. First to Thailand for a couple weeks arriving in Sydney on 4th March. Hope to work for a bit to earn some beer tokens and then have a look around the East coast.

At present trailing through all the discussions trying to find the best places to stay and go.

Good luck on your trip and may see you on route!

10. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Most backpackers have free transport to the hostels from the bus stations and in many cases the airport, too. Most of the walking you do will be without your main piece of luggage (around cities or towns. The good hostels have lockers under the beds or in reception so make sure you take a good small size padlock. These padlocks are a deterrent only so never leave anything of value in your bag. Just make sure you have a good day pack or beach bag for everyday use.