How To Travel Australia On A Budget

How To Travel Australia On A Budget
Australia truly offers it all! From endless sunshine to stunning beaches, vibrant cities to incredible wildlife, and breathtaking national parks to explore. However, it’s no secret that Australia can be quite pricey for backpackers. But fear not! If you’re traveling on a budget, there are ways to save money along the way. Here are some helpful tips:

1. Two words: Happy hour!

The cost of alcohol in Australia can be quite surprising, even if you’re not a big drinker. To save money, it’s helpful to find local pubs and bars that offer happy hour prices on drinks. Keep an eye out for hostel bar meal deals that include a complimentary drink with your meal. If you’re planning a night out, consider pre-drinking responsibly before heading out. Alternatively, in the city, you can join a bar crawl that offers drink specials. For instance, Ultimate Party organizes entry to three bars and one nightclub, along with three free drinks, all for $15 – a fantastic deal! Feel free to reach out for more information.

Top tip: When ordering at a bar, ask for a local tap beer instead of purchasing bottled or imported beers, as it can help keep the cost down.

2. Food

Eating out can quickly drain your daily budget. Instead of dining at restaurants, consider visiting supermarkets like Woolworths, Coles, or Aldi to purchase ingredients for dinner with your fellow travelers. Take advantage of your hostel kitchen and team up with others to share the cooking duties and costs. As a backpacker, you’ll discover numerous pasta combinations to try, adding variety to your meals beyond beans on toast and pot noodles. Additionally, Australia has plenty of food courts that offer half-price meals during specific times to minimize waste. Plan your evening accordingly to enjoy an affordable bite to eat.

Top tip: Familiarize yourself with local food specials. Many pubs offer discounted meals on specific days of the week. Who’s up for a $10 steak?

3. Booking your travel

To maximize your savings, consider booking your trips in bulk! If you know you’ll be traveling the East coast, sit down with a trusted travel agent and discuss the available tours and trips that fit your budget. Booking your activities as a package allows travel agents to secure the most significant discounts for you. With a wide range of options catering to various budgets, it can be challenging to select the best quality trips at the lowest prices without assistance. It’s crucial to work with a travel agent who prioritizes your preferences and needs, rather than pushing unnecessary extras. If you need help organizing your travel, feel free to reach out for guidance and support.

Also read: When Should You Buy Your Plane Ticket To Australia?

Top tip: Ensure there are no hidden local fees associated with your trip. Sometimes, advertised packages may seem like great deals, but additional charges can arise, leaving you unexpectedly out of pocket. Be aware of any fees and confirm if food is included in your trip to avoid any surprises.

4. Work

If you’re in Australia on a working holiday visa, you have the opportunity to legally work throughout your stay. However, where’s the fun in only working? Balancing casual work with your travels can be a great option for those on a budget, as it allows you to fund your adventures as you go. For example, after completing your East Coast road trip, you can seek work on a farm near Darwin for a couple of months before moving on to your next destination. The wages in Australia are generally good, providing you with the opportunity to save money while working. Additionally, if you engage in regional work or au pair positions, you might even receive free accommodation and meals in exchange for your services, which is a fantastic option when you’re running low on funds.

5. Accommodation

Opting for a larger dormitory can help you save a few dollars per night. Consider booking a 16-bed dorm in Noosa or a teepee in Byron Bay to maximize your budget and get more value for your money. If you plan on staying in one place for an extended period, it’s worth exploring apartment rentals. Sharing a room with others in an apartment will typically cost less than booking a bed in a hostel. Additionally, sharing a room provides the added benefit of being able to unpack your backpack and enjoy the ultimate comfort of a temporary home during your backpacking journey.

6. Make the most of Oz!

Australia offers a wealth of free experiences that showcase its natural beauty. With thousands of beaches, stunning national parks, and picturesque walks like the iconic Bondi to Coogee walk in Sydney, there’s no shortage of cost-free adventures to embark on. When you’re running low on funds, take full advantage of the opportunities to explore this magnificent country without spending a dime. Engage in conversations with locals who can provide valuable insights, ideas, and directions for making the most of the free activities available. Embrace the opportunity to discover the wonders of Australia without breaking the bank.

Top tip: Keep an eye out for transport specials. In Sydney for example you can travel anywhere on a Sunday for $2.50! Take the ferry over to Manly or hop on the train to the Blue Mountains!

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