Visiting Australia should be on everyone’s bucket list, so if it’s not yet, then you should definitely include it on your New Year’s resolution list. Australia is the sixth biggest country in the world, and even though it’s that spacious, it’s not densely populated. It’s got so many pearls that you simply need to see, starting from the Great Barrier Reef to having a road trip along the Great Ocean Road – this place caters to everyone’s needs. However, booking a flight there and crossing out everything on your must-see-in-Australia list might cost a bit more, so it would be great if you could save some money. And the best possible way to do that is on the transport and the accommodation, just so that you could see all the beauties of the Land Down Under without any restraints. So, what are the best (and cheapest) ways to travel through Australia?
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There is only one way to get to Australia, but traveling through it can be achieved through a wide range of options.
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If you want to travel all throughout Australia by a plane, we’ve got some news for you. Since you probably won’t be visiting just one place in this spectacular country, you might need a bigger budget if you want to go everywhere by plane. However, sometimes this seems inevitable, as this is a very spacious country and you cannot get everywhere with a car or a bus. Or at least you can, but it will take you much, much longer. Luckily for you, there are certain cheap but still great airline companies that offer quite affordable prices. You want to check out Tiger Airways, Virgin and Jetstar, as these have the most affordable prices. The latter even has a Friday Frenzy deal and you can sometimes get a ticket for less than $20.
Another great way to experience Australia, and definitely the best way if you want to experience this country in the best possible way, is by hiring a car and setting off on different road trips. However, the fuel in Australia is not exactly cheap, and the price varies from state to state and from region to region. This is why you should consider getting a cheap car hire as it might be the best solution. This is a great idea if there’s at least four or five of you traveling together, as you get to share the costs and actually save a bit of money while still experiencing Australia from your car.
This is perhaps the most popular way that tourists travel from one place to another, and even though it’s quite affordable, there’s the drawback of actually planning when to catch the bus and when to return. However, some of the lines are even free, such as the free inner city trams in Melbourne and Adelaide, or the free CBD shuttle (route 555) in Sydney, which runs every 10 minutes and connects the Central Station, Circular Quay and George Steels.
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Accommodation can also break your bank, but if you know what to look for, the chances of saving a couple of bucks are actually quite high. So, unless you really want to stay at a 4 or 5-star hotel, this is what you need to have in mind:
Booking a hostel is also another cheap option and you can find hostels in practically any corner of Australia. The only thing that you have to do is find out what hostels are excellent for university students and young people in general, and which ones are family-friendly. Most hostels also have common kitchen areas which are excellent if you want to meet other people and also save money on meals!
The final solution would be to rent apartments through the services of platforms such as Airbnb. This might not be the cheapest option, but it pays off more than booking a hotel. Depending on the city or town in Australia, a 3-bed apartment might even cost $110. If you don’t care what your rental apartment looks like, this is an excellent choice.
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Australia is a great place for campers, mainly because of its natural beauties, and there are numerous camping sites that you can choose from. All of the most popular camping spots in Australia have all the necessities such as water, power and toilets, but they’re not insect-free. However, if you are an avid camper and love to experience other countries in this way, the Australian bush should be one of them.
Visiting Australia is a must, and who cares where you will be sleeping? The biggest concern is how to see everything in seven or ten days, as there are so, so many beautiful sights! Bon voyage!
About the author:
Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.