Australia is renowned as being one of the most expensive countries in the world, but travelling around Down Under doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
If you’re backpacking around Australia, check out our top tips for having a great time whilst keeping costs to a minimum.
Sleep Under the Stars
Hostels are great for anyone travelling on a budget, but why not make the most of Oz’s enviable climate and try camping too?
A tent costs around $15–20 and you can camp out for free in many places. Most campsites have shower and toilet facilities and are near to places offering temporary work, so you can really make your tent your home.
Get a Working Visa
If you’re eligible for a working visa, make sure you apply for one. Even if you just work for a week or two you could earn upwards of AUS$1,000 to help cover the cost of your travels.
You’ve already endured the long flight to Australia, so why waste your precious time there taking more flights? You’ll save money and see more of the country using the Greyhound coach company, and if you take it at night you won’t have to pay for accommodation.
Car sharing is a great option too, and you can find them on Gumtree, hostel notice boards and on travel websites. Better still, if you’re going to be there for a while, buy a cheap car and share the running costs with your new-found friends.
Hit the Pub for Lunch
Many hostels offer free kitchen facilities, but if you really have to eat out, head to the pubs offering special prices on food. Many offer steak and a drink for 10$, and you’ll find it costs even less at lunchtime. Fill up on cereal and toast for breakfast and switch your main meal of the day from dinner time to lunchtime.
And if all else fails, you can’t go wrong with the Vegemite sandwich. It’s an Aussie classic!
Avoid the Entrance Fees
It might sound obvious, but one of the best ways to avoid mounting costs is to take advantage of the fantastic free activities in Australia. Enjoy the breath-taking landscape on a free hike or soak up the sun, sea and surfing on one of the countries incredible beaches.
If you’re sticking to the cities, many museums and attractions also offer free entry. Try the amazing War Memorial in Canberra or check out the outstanding views from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
You can even see koalas and kangaroos for free too. Kangaroos and wallabies are pretty difficult to miss, and if you head to Kennet River on the Great Ocean Road you’ll find a great koala-watching spot at sunrise.
Use Coupons and Vouchers
Take advantage of the free brochures in bus stations, airports, pubs, hostels and tourist information centres as they’re packed with coupons offering you discounts on tours and attractions. Some bars even offer a free beer to entice you in, but there’s nothing to say you can’t just drink it and leave.