Marghe and I are Americans traveling in Australia, since October
now. Having three daughters ourselves, we would ask you to take care: any
woman traveling alone anywhere these days is probably not something we would
recommend. The obvious having been said, there are areas we would suggest
you avoid, Airlie Beach being top of the don't go there list. Lots of
backpackers are very young, and, unfortunately, doing a lot of drugs here.
Airlie Beach is shocking! The authorities are trying, but drugs are
definitely a problem with the 'backpacking jet set'. Sydney is another
place to avoid in our opinions: it has lots of homeless, gang markings, and
druggie backpackers that are otherwise by-and-large nonexistent in
We are not backpackers, so we cannot help you with the actual
in-and-outs of that here. We are in Coral Cove for a while. It is East of
Bundaberg. If you get in our neighborhood, give us a call. We will pick you
up, give you a warm bed and let you wash all your clothes. We recently
traveled the globe for 13 months with only one carry-on and one hand bag
each, so we know clothes can get a bit dingy if you don't give them a 'real'
wash now and again.
In general, Australia is a magnificent country, with warm and
friendly people. The countryside is almost totally unspoiled, and the
government and people are doing a good job protecting the environment. Great
White sharks are a protected species in Australia! You should be safe here,
if you eschew the drug scene. The local police know all the areas to avoid.
Ask them. They are very polite and helpful here.
Cheers, Marghe and Marty.