To some, the idea of travelling along can be intimidating. But to those who have taken the plunge and planned a solo trip, there’s little more exhilarating than being on your own on the open road. No need to coordinate schedules, budgets and destination stop-offs with anyone, plus the freedom to take as long or as little as you like. It’s liberating.
We can name multiple reasons for taking that solo road trip, but if you’re already convinced, then the next step is selecting the best road trips for travelling on your own.
Here are our top recommendations:
Great Ocean Road
Torquay to Allansford
260 km | 4.25-hour drive
The windy roads can be challenging at times, but the views are worth it. Make sure you reach the infamous 12 Apostles (infamous because there’s only eight left, but they’re still a must-see). Take your time and stop often – the beachside towns of Anglesea, Wye River, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Point Campbell are great for an overnight stay, and there are plenty of lookout points to grab a selfie.
Perth to Margaret River
270 km | 3-hour drive
Pick up your Perth car rental from any of our convenient locations and head south. This road trip is packed with fun for anyone travelling solo. Hike cape-to-cape tracks, surf the famous Busselton Beach, pick fruit at local orchards, and swim with wild dolphins. And then there’s the stunning food and wine scene of Margaret River wine region. Plus one’s are overrated – enjoy this trip all to yourself.
Alice Springs – Uluru
460 km | 6-hour drive
This trip will open your eyes to the incredible diversity of the Australian outback. This is perhaps the most classic Australian road trip, and we recommend doing it solo. There’s a misconception you need a 4WD for the terrain, but the truth is all you need is a little nippy Toyota Corolla that you can easily pick up from Thrifty car hire Alice Springs.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take the 300 km detour to Kings Canyon for the four-hour Rim Walk, which is a great spot to find yourself (or grab that perfect Instagram selife if that’s more your thing).
The Great Pacific Drive
Sydney – Byron Bay
770 km | 9-hour drive
This route is often taken by festivalgoers heading to Splendour in the Grass, and should be enjoyed over a few days. Newcastle is your first big stop and worthy of an overnight stay as it’s easy to meet other like-minded travellers passing through Australia’s second-oldest city. Port Macquarie is another stunning beach town with a koala hospital (offering free daily tours at 3pm). Next is Coffs Harbour – don’t miss the Big Banana and make sure to take a photo in front of it (otherwise, it doesn’t count).
Great Beach Drive
Noosa – Fraser Island
300 km | 7-hour drive
Imagine a drive with sparkling ocean vistas stretching across UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, a World Heritage Marine Park and the largest sand island in the world. Yes, it exists – in Queensland, of course. Think beachfront camping, rainbow-covered cliffs, and horseback riding on the coast – sounds idyllic? We think so too.
If none of these road trips tickled your fancy, here are a few others we prepared that are perfect to take over Christmas.
Trips for Travelling Alone
We wouldn’t send you on your way without a few tips for making the most of your solo road trip:
- Make sure people know where you are: Make sure a few friends or family members have a copy of your itinerary, and make plans to check in with them as you travel.
- Take a break every 100 km: It’s important to keep your energy up, and the best way to do it is to stop and take a break outside every so often.
- Book accommodation ahead of time: While it may feel fun to be spontaneous and go where the wind takes you, being stuck without any accommodation for the night is not ideal. Especially when you’re travelling solo.
- Make sure you have enough petrol to get you to the next destination: There’ll probably be stations along the way, but you don’t want to get stuck in the middle of the outback on your own.
- Avoid boredom: Audio books, podcasts, and the freedom to sing at the top of your lungs without bursting anyone’s eardrum should help.
- Bring a selfie stick: It may be embarrassing, but who else is going to take that photo in front of the Big Banana?