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Top Aussie road trips for the solo traveller

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: