Travelling alone to Oz...

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1. Posted by SamR (Budding Member 16 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Everyone,

I'm a 21 year old female looking to travel to Oz on my own in June...Just wondered if anyone had any tips on where to start.
I'm looking to use the Oz experience buses to get around and travel from cairns to melbourne following the sunshine!
My main worry is meeting people, but im thinking ill meet up with like travellers through the hostels and on the buses...will this be the case??
My families biggest worry is also me being on my own and it safe to do this on my own as a first time traveller??
Any info would be much i best to go with a company that offers a starter pack (meet and greet at the airport and then trasfer to a hostel) or do it on my own...



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

My first 'real'travelling experience was done alone when I was 22.Much to the concern of my family.I went to Singapore-Aus-NZ-Fiji-LA and had the most fabulous time ever.
Just be prepared because knowledge is everything,the more you read the better equipped you'll be.
The first week is the hardest as you feel 'new'compared to others that you meet but as soon as you start doing things you'll have stories to share and others will be asking you for advice.
Singapore was bad for me as I chose to stay in a hotel which meant I didn't meet anyone atall,very lonely.So I definately advise you to stay in hostels.
As soon as I got to Oz I absolutely loved it and never wanted to leave.You will be surprised how easily you meet people.
I first stayed in YHA hostels which are safe friendly places for first time travellers but you find others hostels yourself once you get going.
As for the Oz experience buses it wasn't my idea of travelling as everyone using it seems to be on their 'uni gap year'which is fine but if you're not then it might not be for you.I know I stayed in a hostel where the bus drops off and everyone kept asking why I was travelling at 22 as if I was old or something!
I chose to do it myself as I wanted to be completely independent and honestly Australia is so set up for travelling that it is easy,there are so many people there to help you and the feeling that you did it yourself is the best.
Am taking my boyfriend there to travel again in July 3 years after I left and I cannot wait!!
Have a blast!!and prepare for an experience of a lifetime!!

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Missy is right. I'm not a female and sadly I'm not 21 (!), but I took my partner and kids to Oz a couple of years ago as part of our RTW year.
We still yearn to go back, as it's the friendliest place.

Just arrive in the certain knowledge that almost everybody is happy to help, and they understand travellers like nowhere else

4. Posted by Dopey_7 (Inactive 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey, i am 20 and just returned for 6 weeks in europe, where i spent a couple of weeks alone, It was hard at first but people are really easy to meet in hostels. About safety just common sense will be enough, I find australia is a lot safer than europe. Although I do live here, but its easy to get around, really relaxed atmosphere.

Stick to well established hostels, although they will prolly cost more, as your travelling alone you don't want to have to worry about dodgy living arrangements and dodgy security. And you will find that there will be others travelling alone.

If you got any specific questions about syd, I could help you out, or find out for you.



5. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sam,
You appear to have the right attitude, so you will have no trouble meeting fellow travellers who have the same aim in common with you - to have a good time.
You will exchange ideas and places to see & stay and dare I say it make some friends, maybe for life!

As for the family, it's only natural for them to worry. Just keep in regular contact & let them know what you are up to so they can live your adventure too.;)

6. Posted by Vee. L (Budding Member 16 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I agree with everyone here. I live in Australia and have done alot of travelling within Australia (especially around NSW)

I think you will find that Australian's in generaly are very approachable and willing to help. I would think that you would have no problems travelling alone!

7. Posted by SamR (Budding Member 16 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all your replies - its made me feel better about it all already!

Any other replies and info will still be appreciated...


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9. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Make sure you see "Wolf Creek" before you go!

10. Posted by dannyboy7 (Full Member 167 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey sam,i'm in the same boat as you...i'm off to sydney in august for 3 months on my own on a bit of a voyage of self discovery and i'm really excited but also really nervous coz i've never travelled on my own either...i'm still in the planning stage but i think sydney seems a good place to start....oh my god i've got a knot in my stomach just talking about luck with trip...i'll keep and eye out for you in the surf on bondi.....ha ha