By Neal Taparia - 05/18/2023
Australian solitaire, or Australian Patience solitaire, is a fun, challenging variation of classic Yukon solitaire.
Number of Cards: 52
Type: Open packer
The aim of the game is the same as any solitaire card game — move all 52 cards from the tableau piles to the foundations in ascending suit order. Instead of turning each tableau card as you go, you’ll see everything on the table.
Sounds easy, right? Not so fast! You only get to go through your stock pile once. If you can’t place all your cards quickly, it’s game over.
Australian Patience is a variation of Yukon solitaire. That means you’ll move groups of cards regardless of their order. This makes it fundamentally different from Klondike, or “normal” solitaire.
Foundation piles: These are the empty piles at the beginning of the game. You’ll build them up as you go, starting with aces.
Tableau piles: These are the workable piles on the table. They are shuffled and dealt before the card game starts.
Stock pile: This pile is the remainder of the deck that hasn’t gone into the tableau piles.
Waste pile: As you empty the stock pile, the cards you don’t place in the tableau make up the waste pile..
If you’re playing online solitaire and not using deck of cards, the game will already be set up for you.
To start a new game of Australian solitaire with cards:
The foundation piles should be empty — you’ll build these up starting with aces once you start playing.
The objective of Australian solitaire is the same as all other variants. Move all playing cards from the tableau piles to the foundation piles in ascending suit order, beginning with the aces and finishing with the kings.
Similar to regular solitaire, the foundation piles are built up in ascending suit order. For example, a foundation pile might begin with the ace of diamonds, but must finish with the king of diamonds.
Conversely, the tableaus are built in descending order; cards are placed on top of those with higher values.
Whether you’re playing Australian, Klondike, Freecell, or any type of solitaire, good strategy is key to increase your chance of winning.
If this is a new game variant for you, it may take some time to get used to how movement works. Look carefully at every card before making moves, not just the top cards. You don’t want to miss any possibilities.
It’s a rule for almost every variant of solitaire, but especially important when you only have one shot with the stock pile. Look out for aces up when you start clearing your tableau piles.
If you play a lot of solitaire, it’s probably your instinct to move a king to an empty tableau spot as soon as you can. Slow down when you play Australian solitaire. If you only have 3 kings in your face-up cards, that means there’s one hiding in the stock pile. Wait to get him on the tableau if you can.
A game of Australian solitaire can be unwinnable if there’s a deadlock in the tableau when you deal cards. For instance, if a pile contains spades in the sequence of 5-3-4, you can never move the 4. The game would be an automatic loss, so it’s not worth your time to play. While this is a rare occurrence, it’s worth checking.
If you enjoy triple Klondike, there’s a ton of other solitaire games you can play, such as Canfield and Double Klondike. But if you’re after more of a challenge, try other Yukon like Scorpion solitaire or Alaska solitaire. If you want to explore hundreds of variations, check out our homepage.
It’s not always possible to win Australian solitaire. In fact, most people only win about 30% of the time.
Triple Klondike solitaire is a great solitaire option for beginners. It’s the same as classic Klondike but with three times as many cards. The game takes a little longer, but the number of cards makes it easier to win.
While we tend to think of solitaire as the card game, technically, the name can apply to any single-player card, domino, or board game. Patience refers specifically to the card game, but this usage has become archaic. Many people have never referred to a solitaire card game as “patience.”