Last Updated on February 25, 2023 by Tabraiz
Australia is an amazing country to explore, and some find it even more fun doing it solo. However, before you set out on your own adventure, there are a few things you should know. In this guide, we’re going to share some tips for travelling safely in Australia. From avoiding dangerous areas to staying safe while paying for goods and services, we have got you covered. So, whether you’re planning a trip down under or are just curious about what to expect, keep reading for the best tips for travelling solo in Australia.
While you might think of postcards with waterfalls and picturesque hikes, there are some areas of Australia that are best avoided when travelling solo. Do your research before booking any travel plans and make sure to steer clear of any dangerous or known crime-ridden areas. This goes for both big cities and rural towns – it’s always better to be safe than sorry. For example, locals in Sydney might tell you that Tregear, Liverpool, and Kingswood are best avoided even in an otherwise stunning city.
Keep Your Valuables Safe
Just like anywhere else in the world, it’s important to keep your valuables safe when travelling around Australia. This means carrying your bag close to you at all times and not leaving it unattended in busy areas. If possible, wear a money belt or keep your cash and cards in an inside pocket where pickpockets cannot access them.
Use Safe EFTPOS Machines
These days, it’s common to use credit and debit cards for most purchases. However, all it takes is one mistake and your card can be skimmed, leaving you without any money for the rest of your trip. As a general rule, trust an EFTPOS machine payment – these are often available in eateries, shops, and other locations. Short for “Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale,” these machines are typically more secure than using your card through other methods. If you’re ever unsure, ask a local or the staff at your accommodation for their opinion on the best way to pay.
Don’t Abandon General Safety Rules
Next, even though you’re in a new place, that doesn’t mean you should abandon all the safety rules you would normally follow at home. For example, it’s still not a good idea to walk around alone at night in unfamiliar or dangerous areas. If you must go out, try to stick to well-lit and populated areas as much as possible. Trust your gut, and if something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
Have a Loose Plan
Even if you don’t want to plan every moment (because it ruins the whole idea of your trip), it’s a good idea to have a loose plan for each day. That way, you’re not just aimlessly wandering around and wasting time (and money). Having a plan will also help you feel more confident and safe, especially if you’re travelling solo. Even booking your accommodation in advance will prevent you from wandering around in the dark trying to find a room.
Meet New People
Although you want to travel solo, that doesn’t mean you have to be alone the whole time. There are plenty of ways to meet new people, even if you’re shy. Staying in hostels is a great way to meet other travellers. Most hostels have common areas where people can socialise, and many even organise events to break the ice.
Whether you want to avoid dangerous creatures in a forest or people in a community, following guidelines is key when travelling in Australia. Be sure to research the areas you’ll be visiting so that you know what to expect, and follow the advice from those who know the area best.