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1. Posted by stephg0 (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am a lone female traveler looking to go to Australia for at least 3 months (longer if needed). Im hoping to leave september next year but have no idea where to start! I would be gratefull if anybody has any ideas as to cheap place I can stay, places i must see, places I should avoid! Generally anything that could help me plan the trip of a life time. Im hoping, while im over there and depending on funds to visit New Zealand! Any info would be gratefully recieved.

2. Posted by Trentinoz (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi Steph,

My GF and I arrived in Sydney 3 weeks ago and we are loving Sydney. Our first impressions were not good as STA booked us into a really dodgy hostel, it was filthy and had bed bugs. We booked an arrivals package through STA and it was pretty poor to be honest. We ended up doing everything our self through Travelers Contact Point in Sydney.
I would recommend arriving in Sydney, book into Base or Wake UP or there is a new YHA Hostel near the harbour that looks really nice. I wouldn't worry about traveling by yourself, there are so many people doing the same, everyone just mixes together and makes friends.

Good Luck :)

3. Posted by LucyLou29 (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi Steph,
I went to Aus last October for 5 weeks on my own, then on to NZ for 4 weeks and absolutely loved it. I started in Cairns and travelled down to Sydney on the greyhound. Met loads of people and was never on my own unless I wanted to was the most amazing experience being able to do whatever you want to do - my only regret was not staying longer - I only had a couple of months off work so had to come back. I am now planning to go back this October on a working holiday visa and quitting my job etc!
If you want any advice or anything then just personal message me - I found this site so helpful before I went and it gave me confidence to know that other people have done exactly the same as me. I met loads of girls travelling on their own (way more than lone boys)....
Good luck with the planning!

4. Posted by rduff1983 (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

hi all
headin to oz on 13 oct, on my own as well and have been really worried about it, but when u read this forum it really does set ur mind at ease!

lucy- hope ur well! quick q, do many ppl travel from syd to cairns and back again??? i stupidly booked to fly directly to syd, should really have flown to cairns and worked my way down- doh! thinking of changing my flights:)



5. Posted by mikeshane (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Start in Sydney would be my recommendation. It is a wonderful city and will help you to accumulate to the culture quickly and you'll get to experience one of the most vibrant and wonderful cities on Earth. After that I'd start working your way down the coast and check out all the wonderful sites near the ocean.

6. Posted by stephg0 (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone, Thats a huge help. I wasn't sure whether to start in sidney or melbourne! But judging by what everyone is saying Sidney is the place to start! Just wondered if anyone would advise renting a car or just using public transport the majority of the time?
Many Thanks

7. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi Steph, I went to Australia over 07/08 and it was great. I went on my own, didn't book anything until I landed. As for transport, Sydney's underground/subway is very good. They have double decker trains, and you even get phone reception under ground. No need to rent a car in Sydney.

Now I'm off to New Zealand in December hopefully for a year or 2.

8. Posted by stephg0 (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks. I have been umming and arring about whether to rent a car or not!
Didnt really want the hassel of it, but just wasnt sure. Im hoping to spend
longer in new zealand than I first planned! Not quite as long as you but a
few months! I cant wait!!

9. Posted by BigGEEE (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


Not been on here for a wile lovely to see a few people going around the same time as me i fly out October 5th and realy cant wait ive booked everything apart from my hostel for the 1st week thinking of YHA or one near kings cross i forget the name. im going it alone kind of a confidence booster for me i need better people skills i tend to go quiet around other people. cant wait for BBQs and beers on the beech. seems like loads and loads are going it alone im heading upto brisbane after my 1st month to play abit of rugby league so that should be alot of fun and if i dont like it i can just take off and find another club ha im on a 12 month whv so i might do the whole seasonal work and get another visa if i like it and if i can find a decent job etc.... would love to hear more for you lot before we all take off not long at all now ahhhhhhhhh :) maybe a big meetup is in order???

Garry x

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