Australia is a huge country, giving every budding traveller many options of where to go and what to do when they backpack through it. Here are some of the top destinations to consider visiting on your trip:
- Byron Bay
- Gold Coast
- Airlie Beach
- The Great Ocean Road
- Fraser Island
- Port Lincoln
A lot of people embark on their backpacking adventure on their own, and like to meet friends and travelling companions along the way. While Australia is a diverse country, and you could probably explore any area as a solo traveller, here are some of our top destinations if you’re visiting alone:
- The Gold Coast
- Magnetic Island
Australia is known all over the world for its glorious beaches and long stretches of coastline. There’s no doubt if you’re traveling Australia that you’ll spend some of your time at the beach. Here are some of the top coastal destinations to visit whilst you’re in Australia:
- Aireys Inlet, Victoria
- Burleigh Heads, Queensland
- Byron Bay, New South Wales
- Broome, Western Australia
- Cape Tribulation, Queensland
- Port Douglas, Queensland
- Yamba, New South Wales
The accommodation you choose really can change the feel of your trip. Choosing the right accommodation as a solo traveller might be different to those travelling in a couple or as a group.
Hostels are perfect for all types of traveller, alone or in a group. Some hostels are advertised as perfect for solo travellers, and can be a great place to make friends and meet future travelling companions. Look into any hostel that you are considering, read reviews and look at their website and social media pages. This will give you the best idea of whether or not that hostel is somewhere that you will enjoy.
Hotels can be a pricier option, but you will often find yourself in more luxury than that of a hostel. If you are looking to take a break from staying in a dormitory-style room, a hotel can be the next best thing. Most hotels have different standards of room, so if you search properly, you will be able to find something that suits you and your budget.
Air BnB offers a wide range of accommodation types at a wide range of prices. It is well worth looking to see if there are any affordable Air BnBs in the areas that you wish to visit, you might find yourself surprised with the quality and price of some of them.
Travelling accommodation is also another great option for those of you looking to save some money whilst travelling. In Australia, like many countries, you can travel on night buses to get to different destinations.
When travelling and backpacking, it is usually to explore and see something new. In Australia there are so many stunning and interesting places to visit. We have pulled together some of the top unique areas in Australia to visit when you go backpacking:
- The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
- Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
- Fraser Island
- Twelve Apostles, Great Western Road
- Kangaroo Island, South Australia
- Barossa Valley (wine vineyards)
- Lake Gairdner, Gawler Ranges, South Australia
- Kakadu National Park
Travelling out of a small wheelie bag or a large backpack can be challenging, but usually those who travel light find it liberating to not have to worry too much about what to wear each day. We’ve put together a list of things you should consider packing for a trip around Australia:
- 3-4 t-shirts/tops
- 2-3 light blouses/tops
- 1 evening outfit
- 1 jumper/zip up for colder weather
- 2 pairs of trousers
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 1 swimwear outfit
- 2 pairs of shoes
- 5-7 pairs of underwear
- 5-7 pairs of socks
- 1 pair leggings/tracksuit bottoms
- Phone & camera chargers
- Australian plug converters
- Any medicine you might need
- Sun cream
- Details of your travel insurance policy
- Essentials such as Passport, money and ID
Australia is home to many vibrant cities. If you’re interested in exploring these on your travels, like so many people are, here are some of the top cities you should consider:
Because Australia is such a large country, different parts of the country experience different weather at the same time. Although, despite this, between September-November and March-May are said to be the best months to explore Australia.
Australia on a whole experiences lovely weather regularly, so most times of year are enjoyable when on a trip. Their summer falls in December, so if you’re after extremely warm temperatures, then that’s the time to visit.
If you’re planning a backpacking holiday, you’ll understand the importance of being prepared for the unexpected whilst you’re away. The nature of backpacking is to explore the world, travel far and wide and sometimes just see where the wind takes you, so, this can mean that things don’t necessarily always go to plan.
Our Backpacker Travel Insurance is suitable for those that are aged 35 and under and plan on travelling a country, or bigger world adventure in one trip. For full details of the terms and conditions that apply, refer to the policy document.