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Frequently asked questions for solo travellers

Are you a solo traveller considering a holiday to Australia? Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions to help you make the most of your time Down Under.

Accommodation

What type of accommodation do you recommend for a solo traveller?

We recommend staying at small-scale bed and breakfasts with local hosts. Why? They will provide you with friendly Aussie hospitality. Our local hosts love to share their stories and local knowledge with you. It’s common to have dinner with your hosts. You may even be invited to an Aussie-style barbeque! It’s also common to meet other travellers in the communal kitchen areas, guest lounges or outside in the entertainment areas. If you stay at a centrally located hotel, you can easily meet and mingle with other travellers too.

What sort of comfort levels can I choose from?

We would recommend staying in mid-range bed and breakfast, starting at 100 pounds per night to high-end luxury lodges. We don’t recommend staying in hostels. We can ensure that you will always have your own private bathroom.

Stay in style and sophistication in boutique hotels
Stay in unique bed and breakfasts' with local hosts
Stay in unique bed and breakfasts' with local hosts

Transport

Is it safe to drive on my own in Australia?

Yes, Australia is a safe country to drive on your own. The locals are easy-going and are generally not in a hurry on the roads, outside of the bigger cities. In the city, you do not need a car and the public transport system is of high quality. The roads in Australia are easy to and well maintained. When visiting national parks, it’s best to only drive during day time because of the possibility of wildlife crossing the road.

How much will I be driving as a solo traveller?

We believe that you should drive less and see more. Therefore, we try to keep the driving distance between your accommodations 2-4 hours. And you will be staying 2-4 nights at each accommodation. This way, you can enjoy the best of what Australia has to offer. And waste less time during your holiday on the road, driving.

Join a small group and follow the roads less travelled
Join a small group and follow the roads less travelled

Flights

What is the flight time to Australia?

The flight time to Australia is dependent on which airline you fly with. However, the average flight time to Australia is on average between 18-24 hours. And of course, it is possible to stay at a stopover location for longer too.

What flight schedule do you recommend a solo traveller?

This depends on you. We can make it as fast as possible with a short connection in Asia or add a couple of days' stopover in a metropole like Singapore, Hong Kong or Dubai. We can select the best flight times for you with only one stop on your way to Australia.

Which airline should I choose?

Generally, we choose to travel with Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Air New Zealand. However, we have contracts with all the major airline companies. We will ensure you fly with a suitable airline to enhance your journey.

Arrive zen in Australia | Australia holiday
Sit back and relax, tomorrow you will be in Australia
Beach in Bali | Stopover Australia holiday
A stopover is the perfect way to break up your trip to Australia

Can I book my own flights?

Yes, you can. We also can arrange an Australian holiday without flights.

Which stopover destination do you recommend?

Our two favourite and most popular stopover destinations are Hong Kong and Singapore. This is because of the convenient location of both cities. You’re already halfway to your destination and both cities offer plenty of opportunities for exploring, sightseeing, shopping and relaxing. If you have more time, you can consider stopping over in Bali, the Cook Islands or Fiji. Each a tropical haven with friendly locals, exotic cuisine and stunning beaches.

Can I book flight tickets without a return date?

As a tour operator, it’s only possible to book return flights on fixed dates. If you want to book an open date return flight, we recommend booking it directly with your preferred airline. Please note: You will not be able to enter Australia on a one-way ticket on a tourist visa.

How can we minimise the impact of jet lag?

We will select the best suitable flight schedule. During your stopover, we will organise a hotel stay or a day room at the airport, so you can shower, rest and relax. We will ensure that you arrive relaxed in Australia. This will all help you get used to the time difference.

Fly to Australia in complete comfort - business class
Fly to Australia in complete comfort - business class
Explore the streets of Hong Kong | New Zealand holiday
Hong Kong is one of our favourite stopover destinations

Activities

What types of activities do you recommend?

It very much depends on your interests and fitness level. From authentic cultural experiences, wildlife encounters, meetings with the locals, kayaking, wine tours, cycling and sailing trips, sightseeing flights and more. Our focus is on nature conservation and small-scale locally owned companies. We can also arrange private tours if you wish. Check here for more suggestions.

Kayak the Noosa Everglades, one of the two only everglade systems on earth

Health & safety

Do you provide assistance in case of an emergency?

Yes, we have a 24/7 emergency number you can call in case of an emergency. Our local hosts are also there to assist you if you need. We work directly with all of our hosts in Australia, so if anything were to happen, we can act fast if necessary.

Is it safe to travel in Australia?

Yes, overall it’s a safe destination to visit. Australia has a low crime rate and generally, Australians live a safe lifestyle. And Aussies are renowned for being friendly. Of course, we still recommend using your common sense as you would if you were at home.

Aussies are renowned for being friendly

Destination

Is it easy to meet other people during my trip?

One of the best parts about travelling DownUnder is meeting other like-minded travellers. Along the way, join an activity (or more) with a small group of travellers. Here, you can meet an international group of people from all over the world.

Is Australia suitable for a Sabbatical journey?

Yes, it’s a perfect destination for a sabbatical. It’s a perfect chance to discover Australia at a relaxed travel pace. Get away from your busy daily routine and enjoy the relaxed Aussie way of living. No worries mate!

What kind of wildlife can I expect in Australia?

This depends on which regions you visit in Australia and which month you travel. We know what animals you can find where and in which period of the year. So if you really want to see kangaroos, koala’s, wombat, cassowaries, emus, platypus, whales, dolphins, turtles or whale sharks, please let us know and we will try to fit it into your schedule.

Did you know? Koalas can sleep up to 18 hours
Wombat | Australia wildlife
Did you know? Wombat's can run as fast as humans

Travel Time

How much time do I need?

You need at least three weeks in Australia to make your journey worthwhile. To visit everything you probably need a year (or 2). Most people travelling to Australia have 3-6 weeks. This allows you to get a good experience of the variety and diversity Australia has to offer.

What travel pace do you recommend?

We recommend a relaxed travel pace, instead of rushing past all the highlights and returning home exhausted. Spend 2-4 nights at each location and discover each place through the eyes of the locals.

Do you recommend travelling to Australia during the Australian winter (July - August)?

Yes! It’s the best time to visit the Red Centre, the national parks of the Top End and the Tropical North, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The weather will be on average 25-30 degrees. Even on a good winter’s day in Sydney, it could be well above 20 degrees!

What is it like travelling during the Christmas period?

Christmas time is Australia’s peak season, Australians are enjoying their 6-week summer school holidays during this time. Seeing Santa in summer is a strange sight! It will be summer in Australia’s south and south-east coast and wet season in the North. In the south, it will be busy and more expensive than other months. It’s strongly recommended to book 9-12 months in advance if you would like to travel during this period.

Soak up the Aussie beach vibes at Christmas!

Booking

Should I pre-book or travel on the go?

If you book your holiday in advance, we can organise the best route, accommodations and activities for the best price. We will do all the work for you to create your dream holiday. If you travel on the go, you will stay at the last choice/leftover accommodations and often there is no availability.

You may also not be able to join an activity because it is full. Booking last-minute domestic flights are also generally more expensive than pre-booked flights. If you want to make the most out of your holiday, please contact us.

Booking in advance ensures that you will stay at the most unique and special places
We work, you relax!

How long in advance do I need to book?

Because we work with small scale suppliers, they generally tend to book up very quickly. Therefore we advise booking 9 - 12 months in advance. Of course, we can still tailor a holiday 3 months before departure. But be aware that the options may be limited and ticket prices might be higher than expected.

Why should I book my solo journey to Australia with A Journey DownUnder?

We are experienced solo travellers ourselves. Every year we travel on our own to AUS to find new accommodations and try out tours to be able to fit the right product to the right traveller. We will tailor your trip based on our first-hand experience and your wishes. We work, you enjoy.

Do you have presentations especially for solo travellers?

Yes, please take a look at our destination day page here.

You're welcome to join one of our informative presentations

General

How is the WIFI and internet in Australia?

Please be aware that some remote accommodations, Downunder have limited WiFi access or none at all. In some places, you may also need to pay for WiFi and internet access. This, of course, varies from accommodation to accommodation.

Should I go on a group tour or explore DownUnder on your own?

We can design your holiday the way you want. Whether you would like to join a small group for an activity or explore places by yourself with help from our local tips. It's your holiday. Together, we will decide how much free time you want and how many days you would like to spend with a group. We don’t offer a complete group holiday.

Is it fun to travel by yourself in Australia?

Yes! The locals are super friendly. Australia has a low crime rate and generally, Australians live a safe lifestyle. There are lots of other solo travellers travelling around and your local hosts will make you feel at home on the other side of the world.

Meet other travellers while learning the art of surfing
Conquer the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a group of international travellers

Budget

Will travelling alone be more expensive than travelling with two or more people?

Flights and activities are priced individually. Sometimes there is a small discount on accommodations when travelling alone. In general, you will need a smaller car but it will still be more expensive than travelling with two or more people

How much does a holiday to Australia cost?

This depends on your choice of level of comfort, flights and time of travel. Please take a look at some of our suggested journeys to get an idea of the possibilities.

Australia is waiting to be explored

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