Australia has a lot of beautiful sites to see, but it’s tough to enjoy them when you’re surrounded by crowds of tourists trying to find the best angle for an Instagram photo. Of course, you’ll be hard pressed to find a time to visit the Sydney Opera House when there aren’t any tourists gathered around, but there are a few other ways you can find space to walk, breathe, and enjoy views that are tourist-free.
Not only does travelling off-season make a trip to Australia easier on your wallet, but you’re less likely to run into crowds of tourists around every corner. It might be tempting to visit Australia in January – who wouldn’t want to swap the cold northern hemisphere for these sunny shores – but this is when the majority of crowds start to build up. It’s not just foreign tourists you have to avoid; since the school holidays run between Christmas and the end of January, this is when most locals will be getting their fair share of sunshine and rest. You’ll be lucky to find a hotel that isn’t fully booked, so best leave your trip for another time. The best times to visit are September through November, and from March to May when the weather is pleasant and the crowds have temporarily died down.
Don’t stay in hotels
Even if you’re travelling off-season, there’s a high chance someone had the same idea as you, and you might end up in a hotel with a rowdy guest down the hall. Besides, it’s not really a holiday if you have to follow someone else’s breakfast schedule. Instead, check out Airbnb, or find a holiday house for rent in your chosen area. You can get up, eat, and lounge around at your own leisure, and hopefully you’ll be staying close to some exciting events or fantastic local bars. The best way to experience any new country is to immerse yourself in the local life, so Airbnb and holiday homes are the best option.
Visit non-tourist cities
Obviously you’re bound to run into crowds in Sydney and Melbourne because they are popular cities. If you want to avoid the worst tourists then book a holiday in a non-tourist city like Adelaide or Tasmania. The island of Tasmania is actually quite remote, and most people visiting Australia on a short holiday don’t have time to make the trip, so you’re more likely to have a tourist-free experience. Tasmania has some of the cleanest air in the world and you can visit the spectacular Bay of Fires which has some of the best beaches in the world.
Camp in the Outback
Tourists are mostly drawn to Australia for the beaches and city life. If you really want to avoid them at all costs, then join a camping trip out to Ayers Rock; yes, it’s out in the middle of nowhere, but this is one of the best trips in the world and it’s one of the best adventures in Australia.