Do You Want to Travel Solo? Don’t Miss Western Australia!
04 Sep 2020
Right now, many of us are still stuck at home. However, instead of lamenting your less than eventful summer, planning out your next adventure would be a much more productive way to spend your time. True travelers can’t wait to get back on the road and when the time comes, you want to be prepared. Out of the many possible destinations, one that you should definitely consider is Western Australia. While the majority of tourists flock to Sydney and the Sunshine State, you should know that the other side of the continent is a wonderful destination as well. Western Australia is an amazing place for many kinds of adventure, from road trips all the way to solo journeys. If you are planning on the latter, here is what you should know.
Safety on the road
Safety should always be your number one priority when solo traveling. Some countries are generally safer than others, and if you are wondering where Australia falls on the spectrum, you will be delighted to hear that this country is a great choice even for female solo travelers, thanks to its good infrastructure. However, if you are planning to head out onto the road, you should keep a few safety considerations in mind. Western Australia is huge, so driving in its rural areas is only recommended to experienced drivers. However, the public transport system in cities like Perth is very good so you won’t have to worry about getting around while staying in the capital of Western Australia. Of course, don’t get too relaxed around people you don’t know well, especially in more crowded, touristy areas, and always watch your belongings.
As we just mentioned, Perth is a great destination to consider. Not only does it have a buzzing urban vibe, just a stone’s throw from the skyscrapers, you can enjoy relaxed beach life on Cottesloe beach, scenic river cruises on the Swan River, and even a historic atmosphere in Fremantle, a port town with notable Victorian architecture. As you can probably already tell, there is simply so much to see and do in Perth that you won’t get bored even if you plan a longer stay. Make sure to join a few guided tours not to miss the best parts of the city, but feel free to even take day tours and see interesting sights nearby, such as the Pinnacles. Perth also has a slew of amazing restaurants so your palate will have an adventure too, however, if you are staying here longer, you can save some money on food by opting for pre-made meal delivery that will be more affordable than eating out every day.
Wine and dine
When visiting Western Australia, it would be a shame not to try some of their world-famous wines. A few hours south of Perth, you can find yourself in vineyards with a quaint atmosphere. Margaret River is one of the best wine regions in Australia, so, if you fancy some wine, try some exquisite Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon – which are what this region is famous for. However, there is a lot more to see in this lovely small town. The beaches are picturesque, the food is great and there are even interesting caves and beautiful lighthouses you can take pictures of. So, it’s clear that it’s worth taking a detour from Perth to spend a few days in this quiet little town.
The Aussie wildlife
When talking about Australia, one simply cannot skip the wildlife. This continent is very unique when it comes to its fauna, and there are species you can encounter only in Western Australia! One of the must-visit destinations for animals lovers is definitely Rottnest Island, near the coast of Perth. You’ll encounter some of the most adorable furballs here, called quokkas. These small marsupials are very friendly, thanks to which a trend of “quokka selfies” had started among tourists. However, we mustn’t fail to mention that you should always be careful around wild animals. While quokkas might be cute, you should definitely keep your distance from kangaroos. Moreover, only swim in patrolled areas and be wary of crocodiles if you are traveling to the north!
Western Australia has a lot to offer to all kinds of travelers. Thanks to its versatility, you can really make your trip just the way you want and even make friends along the way. While Perth can offer you an unforgettable trip in itself, there is a lot more to Western Australia for those who are willing to go the distance. However, for solo travelers who are not that experienced with the harsh outback, the southern part of Western Australia would be the best choice.