Australia Discount Travel


"Budget Travel Deals"

Australia discount travel - Just because you are having to keep to a budget, doesn't mean your holiday needs to suffer. Follow these simple tips and check out my recommendations to make your money go further


Travel Tips for saving money


Here are some ideas for Australia discount travel:

  • Cut costs on accommodation and traveling as these are the most expensive parts of your holiday.

    Instead of hotels, consider camping in the National Parks or staying in cabins on caravan parks as these are very reasonable. Campervans are also a good idea for Australia discount travel. For a full list of my top camping spots go to Camping Australia

    Don't rule out the YHA places either as another idea for Australia discount travel. Some of them are excellent. Don't presume that they are just for backpackers either. The one in Sydney near Central station is particularly good and there are two in North Melbourne (Oasis and Metro) They are set to open one in the centre shortly. YHA's are a good option if you are a bit older and not wanting to party all night!

    Consider renting a room out for your stay. This works well if you are planning to be in one destination for at least a few weeks. Click here to find rooms to rent

    If you are a student then definitely look at getting an International student card. This will give you access to cheaper flights,accommodation and entry to attractions. It's really THE card to prove you are a student when you are traveling overseas. Click here for more details on how to get an STA student travel card

    There are more details on finding cheap hotels and accommodation on the following two pages

    Accommodation

    and

    Getting Around

  • Keep your eye out for package deals as hotels try to lure us in with special deals during times of economic down turn - champagne, daily breakfasts and other extras can all make the price more competitive.

  • Spend less on food and drink
  • Search out BYO (Bring your own) restaurants which make your meals much cheaper. Corkage is usually added to the bill but this is only around $2 per person.

    If you want to eat at an expensive restaurant, go at lunch time when their menus tend to be much more reasonable.

    Many of the beaches have their own BBQ facilities, most of which are totally free to use. Others require a small donation for the gas. This is a great way to enjoy the Aussie lifestyle without it costing a fortune.

  • Drive on the cheap
  • If there's 2 or more of you, then it's cheaper to self drive than do a tour. If you are able to be ultra flexible then try www.standbycars.com who are the biggest agency that returns cars (and campervans) to the city they were rented from. Instead of employing a driver, they let travelers do it for them at bargain prices. They may even pay for fuel.

  • Travel outside of the peak summer season
  • The months either side of summer mean you're more likely to get a bargain and the accommodation that you want. Autumn and Spring are perfect for travelers wanting to take advantage of Australia discount travel

  • Seek out attractions that are free of charge
  • There are many attractions that cost absolutely nothing to get into. The cities in particular offer great museums, parks and even free transport (e.g circle tram line in Melbourne.) For those that do have entry fees, look on line for free money off coupons. Try www.hotdockets.com.au

    If you are planning a trip to Sydney then I would highly recommend getting yourself a copy of my "Sydney On A Shoestring" ebook. It gives heaps of ways to save money including interesting ways to find accommodation, cheap but good places to eat and a 7 day itinerary that won't break the bank. My itinerary works out at between $105 and $130 per day including accommodation. Find out more by going to the Sydney Book

  • Consider a working holiday
  • If you are under 30 then combining work and a holiday could be a good option. Click here for more information on Visas

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    Destinations suitable for travelers on a budget


    There's no reason why you should have to restrict your travel to certain destinations due to being on a budget.

    Australia discount travel is possible wherever you go. On all of my pages, under "where to stay" I have tried to include budget options.

    Even the Whitsundays, which are notoriously expensive have budget island escapes (Hook Island.) Check out the page for more information.

    There are however a couple of places that I would recommend as they offer great value for money in stunning settings:-

  • Cape Leveque Kooljaman Resort (3 hour drive from Broome) in a beautiful remote and idylic setting.

    Accommodation is from $16 but why not splurge to $250 and have a real piece of luxury at very reasonable prices

  • See Broome for more information.

  • Fraser Island
  • A lot of fun if you can cope with the camping! This is a long weekend that I will never forget. Given that it's camping on the beach, you can bring your own food, making it not that expensive. Click here for more information

  • Lady Elliott Island

    This island is in the Great Barrier Reef and you have to fly to it, normally from Hervey Bay (cost is about $250) It's location therefore makes it a good one to combine with a trip to Fraser island.

    Lady Elliot Island (pictured) is a perfect budget travel destination if you love diving and snorkeling but need to watch you money. The accommodation at Eco Resort Lady Elliot is basic but you are still on a remote island with amazing marine life literally in front of you.



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