Plan Your Australia Trip With Tight Budget!

Australia is a great place to visit but not on a tight budget. Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef and watching sunsets at Uluru with champagne in hand can actually burn a hole in our pocket. What makes travelling in the country expensive is the lack of competition. But following a few tips and planning the trip properly can help in reducing the costs. Consider the length and breadth of the world’s sixth largest country and make a list of the sight-seeing places present in it. Pick the must-see places of a particular region before you start.

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Flying with Cheaper Airlines

Air travel in Australia is pretty competitive and hence cheaper.

  • Low priced tickets are available if you fly on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive.
  • Flying at odd hours can bring down the fares.
  • Book one-way flights for going as well as returning.
  • Signing up for a frequent flier program can save on the cost of tickets.
  • Booking via a foreign website like a Japanese one can be helpful. You will have to convert your currency to Yen and make the payments for cheaper flights.

Driving Around the Country

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Fuel in Australia is expensive and varies from one part to another. Sharing the car with friends and splitting the costs can save money. If you want to buy fuel try filling up the car on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Keep discount coupons handy if you will be on the road for a long time. Plan you routes to save fuel and don’t depend on the car all the time. Removing excess baggage and travelling light can economize fuel. The means of travelling includes car (owned or rental), bus and train.

Where to stay?

There are many national parks in the country where you can camp for free or with some money. Basic amenities like water, power and toilet are usually present. Putting up in a caravan on the beach may cost you a little but it is the best place to stay. Free camping is also available in several locations minus the caravan facilities. A number of apps are present which provide a database of the available sites and their reviews. Putting up in hostels is a good paid option. You can also hire a private room in a hostel if you have a family. Apartments are also available, but it makes sense to share them with another family to split costs.

Get Ready to Cook

Eating out in Australia is not cheap. The country produces a variety of vegetables and seafood which you should not miss. So sharpen your culinary skills. If you still want to eat out try lunch and breakfast. Takeaways are cheaper options where you can get Italian, Greek, Asian and many more cuisines.

Go Sight-Seeing

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While you are in Australia don’t forget to visit the coastal walks, national parks, museums and galleries. The wildlife is a must-see, but entry to the zoos can be expensive. However, a road trip can offer a good chance to see the animals in their natural habitats. Don’t forget to check out the Sydney Harbour and save money for the Great Barrier Reef Experience, Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, the Port Harbour Historic Site and the Gordon River Cruise.