Jun 14

The Stingy Traveller’s Guide to Australia

by in Contributing Author

Big cities, breathtaking landscapes, and plenty of adventure—Australia has something to offer every type of traveller. But if you really want to make the most of your trip down under, make sure your tight budget isn’t standing in your way. Follow these tips to visit Australia on a shoestring budget.

Travel

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The first consideration you’ll need to make is finding cheap airfare from the UK to the land down under. Generally speaking, JetStar, Virgin Blue, and Tiger Airways offer the best fares, but double check prices on a flight comparison engine like TravelFox or Skyscanner before booking. Once you’re in Australia, Regional Express Airline (REX) is your best bet for finding deals. The website webjet.com.au is also an excellent resource when booking domestic flights. Remember that weekday fares are usually cheaper than weekend fares when you’re setting your travel itinerary.

If you’re headed to Australia for an extended period of time, consider investing in the Backpacker Rail Pass. Starting at $298 AUD, these passes offer backpackers unlimited travel privileges for three months, allowing you the freedom to change your itinerary whenever you wish. If you’re travelling with a large group, consider renting a campervan instead.

Accommodation

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Because Australia is a popular backpacking destination, you’ll have no trouble finding hostel accommodations in major cities and large towns. Carefully read the reviews on HostelWorld and HostelBooker to learn about the hostel’s location, services, and amenities before you book. You may also have some luck finding cheap accommodations on Wotif or lastminute.com.au.

Those of you thinking about renting a campervan will be delighted to know that Australia’s parks are super cheap, with vehicle fees starting at just $5 AUD a night. You can even find independent camping sites where you can park for free: the website Ozcamps.net allows you to filter camping sites by “free only” or “donation or free” to aid you in your search.

Entertainment

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Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef may cost you a small fortune, but visiting the 104-metre Minyon Waterfalls in Byron Bay or doing a coastal walk from Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee, or Maroubra won’t cost you a thing! Remember that going wildlife spotting at one of Australia’s national parks is much cheaper than visiting a zoo, and more adventurous to boot! Headed for a city break in Brisbane, Melbourne, or Sydney? Remember that permanent exhibits at museums, galleries, and botanical gardens are usually free.

Saving For Your Trip

Even the most budget-conscious traveller should make sure they have a little extra spending cash on-hand in case emergency expenses crop up on your trip. Sell your unwanted clothes online and electronics on recycling websites to put towards your travel fund so that you can enjoy your trip to its fullest.

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