Young woman traveling alone in her car in Australia

For the past 18 months, Laura Waddell has been traveling around Australia in her tiny Hyundai i30 exploring popular destinations and beautiful secluded beaches across the country.

The 22-year-old from NSW began her journey in 2019 but Covid restrictions stopped her in her tracks.

She finally picked up where she left off in January 2021 and has since driven more than 50,000km solo across Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and the Outback.

“I’ve always wanted to travel and enjoyed getting out and touring our beaches and national parks, so I decided to take a road trip to Australia to better explore our beautiful country,” Laura told FEMAIL.

From skydiving and bungee jumping in tropical North Queensland to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and exploring lava tubes in the Outback, the young traveler has had some adventurous experiences.

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Avid traveler Laura Waddell (pictured) has been driving alone in her Hyundai i30 for the past 18 months

From skydiving and bungee jumping in tropical North Queensland to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and exploring lava tubes inland, Laura has had some adventurous experiences.

From skydiving and bungee jumping in tropical North Queensland to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and exploring lava tubes inland, Laura has had some adventurous experiences.

“I always wanted to travel and enjoyed getting out and about to our beaches and national parks, so I decided to take a road trip to Australia to better explore our beautiful home country,” Laura told FEMAIL.

Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a new camper, he decided to modify his two-wheel drive Hyundai i30, which he bought after a driving incident.

“At the end of 2019, I was in a car accident that canceled my first car. I was very lucky, but that meant I had to quickly get a new car to get to work, so I ended up buying the i30,” she said.

“Not long after this, I decided to commit to the idea of ​​doing an Australian road trip and wanted to make it work with what I had.”

From the outside, the car looks exactly like a normal vehicle with a small solar panel mounted on the roof rack.

But inside is a quaint setup complete with a bed, fridge, storage compartments, power outlet, curtains, gas stove, cooking and cleaning equipment.

From the outside, the car looks exactly like a normal city car with a small solar panel mounted on the roof rack.

Inside awaits a quaint setup complete with everything Laura needs to live life on the road.

From the outside, the car looks exactly like a regular city car with a small solar panel mounted on the roof rack, but inside expect a quaint setup.

The car is equipped with a bed, refrigerator, storage compartments, power outlet, curtains, gas cooker, cooking and cleaning equipment.

Laura began her adventure in northern New South Wales and headed to Queensland, where she visited tropical destinations i

Laura began her adventure in northern New South Wales and made her way to Queensland, where she visited tropical destinations.

Laura began her adventure in northern NSW and made her way to Queensland, where she visited Noosa, Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays and Cairns.

“Since then, I have been lucky enough to travel anywhere from remote inland communities to the Daintree Rainforest or, more recently, the snowy highlands of Victoria,” he said.

“I’ve also been able to mark destinations like the most eastern point of Australia in Byron Bay, the most northerly point on the mainland (the tip of Cape York) in remote north Queensland, and the most southerly point of Australia just down the road from Cockle Creek in Tasmania.

Some of his personal favorite places he has visited include the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, the Great Ocean Road, the Bay of Fires, and the Victorian High Country.

Laura said she spent an average of $1,000 per month over the last year on the road, which includes food, gas, lodging, attractions and tours.

Some of his personal favorite places he has visited include the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, the Great Ocean Road, the Bay of Fires, and the Vic High Country.

Some of his personal favorite places he has visited include the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, the Great Ocean Road, the Bay of Fires, and the Vic High Country.

Laura said that over the past year living on the road she spent an average of $1,000 per month, which includes food, fuel, lodging, attractions and tours.

Laura said that over the past year living on the road she spent an average of $1,000 per month, which includes food, fuel, lodging, attractions and tours.

Surprisingly, Laura said that she does not feel alone on the road and that she always meets new people.

“This is a question I get asked a lot (if I’m lonely) and I think everyone gets lonely from time to time, but in general I don’t find traveling alone to be lonely,” she said.

“There are a lot of other travelers on the road right now, both old and young, and I think being alone actually helps you be more open to meeting new people.”

Laura said she doesn’t consider herself a “too confident person” but is “pretty independent.”

“I think to travel on your own you need to be confident in your own abilities and be able to solve problems,” he said.

Surprisingly, Laura said that she does not feel alone on the road and that she always meets new people.

Surprisingly, Laura said that she does not feel alone on the road and that she always meets new people.

What’s inside the car?

Individual bed

Fridge

storage compartments

PowerPoint

curtains

Gas stove

Kitchen and cleaning equipment

Solar panel on the roof

Where have you visited?

Golden Coast

Costa del Sol

cairns

adelaide

great ocean road

bay of fires

victoria high country

Tasmanian

australian outback

Laura wears backpacking and hiking gear to keep herself warm, safe and dry in the car or outside in a tent.

“My car doesn’t have Wi-Fi, however it has power, so I can recharge and use my data or hotspot directly from my phone,” he said.

‘When it comes to cooking and eating, I can often use caravan or camping facilities, but I’m pretty self-sufficient with everything I need already with me.’

The rear seats were removed and wooden boxes were built to add storage space under his bed.

‘We also installed a deep cycle battery to allow me to have power and a solar powered fridge. When I’m not traveling, I can just unscrew and pull out the wooden crates to retrieve a normal car,” he said.

While traveling, Laura says safety is a big priority and uses apps like Wikicamps to read reviews of campsites and caravan parks.

“I always have a backup plan in case the area I plan to visit or stay in doesn’t feel right, and I make sure to let my family know where I’ll be and roughly how long if I’m out of phone range.” – All of which helps me avoid feeling insecure on the road,” she said.

When asked what advice she would give to other people who want to travel around the country, Laura said she would be surprised at how inexpensive it is.

“You definitely don’t need the best or most expensive facility to have an amazing time, there are so many things you can do on a budget or with what you have,” he said.

“Your budget can be entirely up to you and how you like to travel, there are plenty of ways to save and stretch your money even further, or alternatively plenty of job opportunities.”

He also recommends taking the time to really experience the places you visit and keep yourself safe.

Laura’s most memorable adventures on the road:

Skydiving and Bungee Jumping in Tropical North Queensland

Daintree Rainforest Solo Hiking and Multi-Day Walks in Tasmania

Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays

Caving and Lava Tube Exploration in Outback Queensland

Drive the i30 (2wd) to Cape York (a famous 4×4 road trip)

Dog sledding and learning to snowboard for the 2022 snow season

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