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1. Posted by Sarah_91 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


Hoping to travel to Australia next September alone (and maybe NZ). Always wanted to make this trip so I'm taking a year out to save some funds for it. It's going to be a brilliant experience:)

It's my first time travelling by myself and i'm a bit nervous haha

Just wanted some advice about travelling to Oz and if there were any other people planning a similar trip next year.

Cheers :)

2. Posted by mikeshane (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Traveling by yourself my first advice would be to plan your trip very carefully in terms of where you'll be and in what areas. Next, plot your budget carefully, by yourself you only have that to rely on. Plan where you'll stay carefully, I'd look at this site for places to stay Now if you can get someone to go with I'd recommend that if possible, but as long as you are careful and social you'll probably make friends in no time.

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4. Posted by Gary kriss (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Really Australia is a great place for travelling in the world because of their natural beauty. If you want to go for Australia, then don't forget to visit Melbourne and Sydney. These two are the most romantic place for Australia. If this is your first trip, then you should careful about your plan. At first you make a plan chat then you can start you mission.


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5. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sarah, There is no problem with travelling to Australia on your own. And about planning, you really don't have to be that careful. The way I see it is, if you wouldn't do it in the UK, don't do it in Austraia. Unless you have OCD about planning!

When I was in Australia, I planning nothing, not even my hostel for when I landed. And lots of my friends, even the female ones I met out their did what I did. The way I see it is, you plan stuff here, if your going to Australia just go with it, and see where you land.

Nervous? Well as I wrote above, I planned nothing, and it only really hit me when I was flying over India and my first thought was "omg what have I done ahh" Anyway it all worked out, I met great friends, and some I still see now even after 2 years.

I didn't plan any of my trip, I said i wanted to see stuff, but didn't set dates or times ect. My friend however planned every part of his trip down to the flights, and now he wished he didn't cause he couldn't change a thing. Now I'm off to New Zealand in December, and apart from booking my hostel, everything else just happends, when it happends.

Need any advise info, message me :)

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6. Posted by amely1066 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

That's great you are planning trip to Australia.

Australia is very famous for their beaches. You are going to have a great fun there. You must visit Byron bay there..great place to enjoy.
you can stay at Byron bay luxury for the real luxury experience.
Have fun ....By.

7. Posted by Kimi88 (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I'm going over next november so could meet you if your in Sydney!
I'm going to based in Sydney as i have family who live 40 mins from centre so staying with them for free!! I want to see melbourne and a few other places too but will spend the majority of my time by bondi beach haha
I have family in Victoris and by Ayres rock too!
What visa are you getting? I'm getting a working holiday and an extention so i'll be there for a year and will get part time jobs when there to top up my spending money, other than that i havent planned anything, as i'm just going to see what happens!

Kim :)

8. Posted by kev86 (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sarah and guys

I am doing the WHV in Australia next November and will be landing in Sydney - alone . Am not going to lie, im absolutely bricking it!! I havent really planned a route onwards from Sydney at the moment, and still caught in 2 minds of whether to plan...or just go with the flow!

Are you guys doing it completely solo? or are you going out OzIntro style to get you settled for the 1st week? I again am still largely undecided on this matter! Have you planned a route?

9. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

My advice is don't go swimming in any creeks unless you want to be eaten by a croc.

10. Posted by Nyssa (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I just got back from a year in Oz and I had a great time. I'm a 23 year old female and I was scared out of my mind when I left to travel solo. But you know what you realize pretty much right away? Traveling on your own isn't hard, its so simple, and I was rarely really alone. there are always people willing to hang out and I ended up traveling most of oz's east coast with mates I picked up. Some of the people I met abroad are still some of my closest friends despite that we now all live in different countries.

My advice, dont worry about it too much, and do not play your entire trip. book a hostel for when u land in Sydney (or where ever u start) just for ease of mind and to not feel so lost when u get there. But dont plan too much after that. Its fine to have a look at some touristy things you wanna do, but honsetly, once you're there you will hear about other people's adventures and about good hostels to stay in and you will be sorted (and will wish you hadn't wasted so much time planning it all before). especially because its so easy to meet new people and then plan adventures together! its no good to have a set plan you dont want to diverge from, you could really miss out!

So enjoy Sydney (i lived there for 6 month and loved it!) and enjoy Melbourne too, cause I never lived there and wished that I had!

And do remember that oz isn't that cheap. Alcohol and food are especially expensive, but there are a lot of cheap internal airfare and buses!

You will have a blast!