5 solo travel adventures to chase in Queensland
Two isn’t always better than one. When you choose to holiday el solo, you have complete control of how your days play out, every step of the way.
It’s all about what YOU want to do.
Want to catch some culture or is it soft adventure you’re chasing? How about spending some quality time with Mother Nature, stepping out in style, or indulging in food, glorious food?
In Queensland, there are some fab experiences which make solo travel, quite simply, sublime. Here are 5 of our finest options for solo female travellers:
1. The Culture Vulture: Lose yourself in Toowoomba’s urban art scene
Visit the doyenne of the Darling Downs and you’ll learn a thing or two about culture. Yes, Toowoomba could easily be mistaken for a hip Melbourne suburb these days, what with its café culture and sassy street art scene.
Boasting more than 80 urban artworks within a 2km radius of Toowoomba’s CBD, and a cacophony of cool cafes, this elevated Queensland city is the epitome of cool in every sense of the word.
While this Southern Queensland Country destination’s street graffiti really comes into its own during its annual First Coat Festival each May, this is also the ideal city in which solo travellers can lose themselves any time of the year. Simply wander the streets admiring urban art with the assistance of the First Coat app or map.
Stay in some cool accommodation such as the Quest Toowoomba Serviced Apartments whose reception is an old church, and dine on funky food at places like The Finch. Grab your obligatory caffeine hit at the hip laneway establishment Ground Up Espresso and refuel, ready for some more smart art.
2. The Soft Adventurer: Paddle through the Noosa Everglades
Many people associate Noosa with fine wining and dining and while it’s all that and more, there’s also a natural side just waiting to be discovered. Solo sistas of the soft adventure variety will love the activities on offer in this Sunshine Coast destination.
Bike On Noosa offers several options including a bicycle delivered to your accommodation, or you can join them on an adrenalin-fuelled Mountain Bike Tour of nearby Tewantin National Park.
For some real girl power, join the women from Kanu Kapers Australia on a half-day tour of the Noosa Everglades and paddle its natural beauty. Or take a more sedate eco tour of the Noosa River with the Noosa Ferry Cruise Company.
Sleep soundly right on the beachfront at Netanya Noosa from where you can cook your own balcony barbeque from their Provide on Hastings without even leaving the resort.
3. The Nature Lover: Lose yourself in two World Heritage-listed wonders at Cape Tribulation
It’s difficult to feel alone when you’re snorkelling with Nemo and Dory out on the Great Barrier Reef plus millions of their other mates. Or how about wandering through the world’s oldest rainforest, the Daintree, to put this solo travelling gig into perspective? The best part is you can do both in one spot.
Sleep in Cape Trib Beach House Resort right in the heart of the rainforest, and you’ll be kept company by the hum of nature all night long, not to mention the friendly faces of travellers at the beachfront restaurant. Wake, refreshed, and head out on a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef with the fun folk at Ocean Rafting for some seriously good snorkelling.
To get a good handle on the rainforest, head to the Daintree Discovery Centre which offers five different interpretive walking tours. Just up the road, make sure you pop into the Daintree Ice Cream Company for a creamy treat made from exotic fruit.
4. The Fashionista: Treat yourself to a Port Douglas “me” break
Long considered Tropical North Queensland’s playground for the rich and famous, if you want to get your style on, head to Port Douglas.
At QT Port Douglas you can stay in a chic hotel room or suite in an avenue named after your favourite cocktail. Lounge around the lagoon here or grab a retro bike and cycle the short distance into town for some serious resort-style shopping.
The Port Douglas Sunday Markets are fun and funky with a range of wares and sell coconut water straight from the husk. Port, as she is known to locals, also has seriously delectable dining options. 2 Fish was named the Best Seafood Restaurant in Australia at the 2016 National Restaurant and Catering awards, and the friendly, professional wait staff ensure solo diners don’t feel like a fish out of water here.
To really mix with the locals, head here during Port Douglas Carnivale in May when you can join the famous Longest Lunch in Rex Smeal Park.
5. The Foodie: Meet the makers and treat your taste buds in Bundaberg
For an authentic paddock-to-plate experience, Bundaberg, in the Southern Great Barrier Reef is the place to go.
Join Bundy Food Tours and you’ll find plenty in common with your fellow travellers as you journey between farms feasting on their home-grown produce and meeting fair dinkum farmers.
At the Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience, one of the best ways to bond with your fellow man is over the new Blend Your Own Rum Experience in which you enter a lab-like room and spend the next hour creating your own concoction. There’s plenty of tastings and laughs on this tour.
Have breakfast at the art-deco Indulge Bistro in the Bundaberg CBD, which serves innovative fare fresh from the farms, and dinner at C5ive Bistro at Bargara where solo diners are entertained with a TV screen playing ’80s music hits.
Sleep at the new Zen Beach Retreat Bargara where the onsite owners will happily invite you for a meal overlooking the ocean.