Australia is a great country for female solo travellers as it offers a high level of safety throughout the country. Feeling safe at day, night and everywhere you are, is such an invaluable feeling. This is one of the reasons, why I fell in love with Australia, and kept going it solo over the last 10 years.
I’d like to think of myself like an expert of female solo travel and I am here to help you getting started with your first solo adventure. These tips will help you choose where to stay in Australia on your solo trip.
1) If you are a newbie and want to embark on your first solo trip, I would suggest staying in hostels. Australia offers a wide range of good value hostels, from backpacking and party hostels to more quiet and sociable hostels. YHA hostels are, in my opinion, the most reliable hostels in terms of safety, cleanleness. YHA is the only hostel association that can guarantee female dorms in every hostel. Staying in hostel is a great way to socialize with fellow solo travellers and make friends.
2) Another great choice for female solo travellers is to rent a room in a private house. This is absolutely the best way if you like a quite and more intimate environment. You have the chance to learn about the host, who as a local can give give firsthand tips on how to make the most of the area and make you feel like at home. Private accommodation is becoming very popular thanks to online travel websites like AirBnB or Wimdu where it is possible to search for listings and book your stay.
3) Solo camping. While it may sound daunting or unsafe, camping on your own can be very rewarding. If you don’t mind travelling a car or campervan on your own, and like the idea of road tripping alone, then camping can be an excellent way of staying, especially in rural areas of Australia where not many accommodation options are offered. Camping offers the utmost degree of freedom and I think it shall belong to any road trip. Campsites in Australia offers different ways of staying, from tents, to cabins, to powered sites for campervans. Either a short one or a long-term road trip my tip is to try camping out, even for a few days.
4) Stay-with-locals-for-free. This is one of my preferred ways of meeting the locals. Whle first time solo travellers maybe discouraged from trying Couchsurfing out, there are many other travel networks on the web, created specifically for female solo travellers.
These are my recommendation if you who want to travel solo on a budget, feel safe, meet the locals as well as enjoy the company of fellow travellers with whom you can share your experience and knowledge.
Happy and Safe Travels!