There’s some countries that just connect with your soul and Australia was definitely that country for me. I spent two years over there on an Australian working holiday visa – and it’s an experience I would recommend to everyone. During my two years, I found myself living the longest in Darwin and Melbourne which both became my home twice. I also travelled up the entire East Coast from New South Wales to Queensland during my first year. In my second year, I road tripped and wild camped up Western Australia to the Northern Territory – starting in Perth and finishing in Darwin. I also spent a month road tripping Tasmania and paid a quick visit to Adelaide. My absolute highlights were exploring national parks across the West Coast and Northern Territory, and around Victoria. Find posts on preparing for wild camping, planning the ultimate Australia road trip and living in the outback and scoring second year “farm work”.

Best Things To See &
Do In Australia

I could honestly be here all day telling you the incredible and unique travel opportunities Australia has to offer. You’ll be spoilt for choice whether you’re a city slicker who wants to enjoy the bright lights of Sydney and Melbourne, or you’re a nature-lover who prefers the national parks and stunning coastlines of Perth, Darwin and Queensland. Australia is the country for road tripping so if you get the opportunity, snap it up immediately! Both the East Coast and West Coast are epic road trips packed full of nature stops, wild camping, crazy parties and lots of fun. But if you have less time there’s also the famous Great Ocean Road and lots of other fab drives you won’t want to miss. Here’s some of my fave experiences:

Best Things To See & Do In Australia

Solo Female Travel
in Australia

Australia is one of my favourite places I have ever travelled solo. Arriving in Sydney, I didn’t know what to expect but I quickly found how easy it was to meet fellow backpackers to live and travel with. Exploring the East Coast I made friends for life – so much so that I’m about to attend the wedding of one friend I met travelling there eight years on! I had so many once-in-a-lifetime experiences during my time there from swimming with whale sharks to camping under the stars on remote beaches surrounded by kangaroos. Most importantly, I felt very safe while travelling in Australia, I found it easy to make friends, find work and to build a life over there. Here’s some tips for safe solo female travel in Australia:
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How much does it cost to travel Australia?

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Australia is expensive to travel, and accommodation costs can add up. I really recommend hostels while travelling over there – it’s the only cheap option. Plus, you can get deals for booking a week at a time. Shop around for hostels using Booking.com or Hostelworld and always read the reviews. Expect to pay £10-30 a night depending on the location (Sydney is the most expensive by far).
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If you’re looking to save money – avoid eating out in Australia. You’ll save a small fortune simply by shopping at the supermarkets and cooking in your hostel. Look out for meal-deals at your hostel and free food where possible or get a job in a cafe where they send you home with the leftovers. Expect to eat a lot of pasta and noodles if you’re backpacking.
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This depends entirely on where you are. Public transport passes in Melbourne cost me $20 a week for unlimited travel across Victoria. In Sydney there was a free bus within the CBD. But there are a lot of places where you might need to buy a pass for the Greyhound or hire a car to visit national parks or the East Coast. This can be expensive, but totally worth it – find a group of mates to split costs.
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Suggested Daily Budget

50-100 GBP / 60-120 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

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Money Saving Tips For Australia


Cook for Yourself

Staying in a hostel can save you a lot of money. Eating out can be expensive in Australia – so instead use the kitchen to cook your own meals and use the money on activities instead.
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Working Holiday Visa

Getting a WHV means you can work and travel – getting an Australian wage means travelling is a lot less expensive. Plus, you get to live in places for longer.

Enjoy Free Activities

Check at your hostel for free activities or discounts including walking tours, cheap entry to attractions and free meals or even free drinks events.
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Couchsurf or House-sit

If costs are mounting – why not look into Couchsurfing or options for house-sitting? It could help save you a lot of money on accommodation and you may find a friend / guide!

Money Saving Tips For Australia

Backpacker Jobs and Working Holiday Visas in Australia

One of the best ways to travel to Australia is on a working holiday visa. These are available to UK residents and a range of other travellers and give you the option to stay for up to two years and work while you travel and live over there. Getting a working holiday visa for Australia was one of the best decisions I ever made. I originally planned to visit for just 5 months to work and save and ended up living there for two years! You can earn great money working in backpacker jobs in Australia which can help support your future travels, it also means you can experience living and working in rural Australia which is something completely unique to this amazing country.

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