Australia is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Its location, famous laid-back lifestyle, beautiful beaches, tons of tourist attractions and sites, and rich culture make it a country every traveller must visit. Although being far from the other continents and the pretty high living standard suggests you will need a lot of money to go there, it certainly doesn’t have to be like that.
In fact, you can travel to Australia on budget, if you master some booking skills and follow smart tips. For instance, you can find affordable accommodation and great hotel packages Melbourne, even in luxury hotels. Also, there are many places and things you can do for free or at a low cost. But since we know it can be pretty hard to do it, here are 5 tips to help you.
1. Book Your Flight in Advance
In order to go to Australia, you have to travel by plane. You may also go by ship but it’s more time-consuming and more expensive. In order to find cheap airfares, you should book a couple of months in advance. If possible, book a night flight because they are cheaper than day-time flights. You can also consider changing flights instead of a direct flight because they are more expensive.
2. Look for Deals on Accommodation
In terms of accommodation, you should also book in advance. But, in order to find the most affordable option, you should look for last-room offers or hotel packages. In that way, you will get a lot for the price you pay for.
Sure, there are other low-cost options, such as guesthouses and hostels, but nothing can compete with a hotel. It’s because you get a great room with a private bathroom and all the things you need during your stay. In that way, you don’t have to bother buying the things, thus saving you money.
3. Buy Food and Drinks on the Markets
The next thing to consider is what and where you will eat and drink. If you are in a hotel, you won’t have to worry about this because hotels offer all-inclusive, or half-board packages. But, if you are staying in a guesthouse or another type of accommodation, you have to either buy and prepare your food at home or dine in restaurants. Since restaurants cost more, the best option is to prepare your food at home.
There are plenty of markets where you can buy, such as the famous Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. There are also many farmer’s markets in and out of the cities. You can save some money buying from there. When it comes to cooking, you can do it in your accommodation if you have an equipped kitchen. If not, you can cook on coin-operated or free barbeque facilities in the cities, as well as in the parks and beaches.
In terms of liquors, it’s best to buy them in liquor stores, known as bottle-o in Australia. The alcohol is much cheaper than in markets and bars. So, buy it and drink it at the place where you stay.
4. Rent a Campervan or Use the Free Public Transportation Lines
Driving your car or renting a car is pretty expensive because of the high price of fuel. If you want to save money, yet explore the country, you can rent a campervan for $1 per day or an RV you can share with your friends (if traveling with them). Other options include taking the bus or train.
If you want to travel by bus, you should look for free public transportation routes. For instance, Sydney has a free CBD shuttle every 10 minutes and Melbourne and Adelaide have free trams that operate within the city. Another popular option is to ride on the Greyhound bus. You can also travel by train but long-distance routes are pretty expensive.
5. Search for the Places to Visit and Things to Do for Free
There are plenty of places you can visit and things to do for free. Namely, you can visit museums and art galleries. You can also visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and Brisbane and hike through the Blue Mountains and the Royal National Park. Moreover, you can relax and enjoy the famous beaches or use nearby marvelous ocean pools.