Booking a package tour could save quite a bit of money. Such tour organisers negotiate large group discounts. You also do not have to spend a lot of time organising travelling arrangements with separate places. You are guaranteed to see the most popular places in Australia and can meet many people travelling along with you. Ski holidays also work out much cheaper if they are package deals.
For travellers interested in the true adventure holidays in Australia, there are various ways to do so on a budget. Search the sites for the cheapest air fare to and from Australia. Once you arrive there, travelling expenses can be kept as low as possible. You could buy a car if you are staying in the country for some months and sell it again afterwards. Advertise for people to share the car with you and contribute towards the petrol fare. Otherwise you could share somebody else’s car.
If you hire a camper van, you not only have your own transport and freedom of movement, but also your own accommodation in any of the numerous camping spots all over Australia. You could camp and sleep anywhere off the beaten track as well. If you do camper van relocation, you are given an itinerary, timeframe and sometimes even petrol money to deliver the van to another city.
Using public transport is always one of the cheapest ways to get around in a country. Most areas offer a ticket with which you can travel on a bus or train as much as you like, within a specified period of time. Even day trips on public transport work out really cheap. Long distance coach services cover most of the country and are safe and comfortable. Train journeys, like Adelaide to Darwin or Sydney to Perth, are very popular with tourists and are relatively cheap.
Of course you could use the cheapest possible transport, your own feet. Backpacking is very popular with tourists on adventure holidays in Australia. You need to be reasonably fit, though, be well prepared and plan ahead. There are large parts of the country, such as the desert, which are not suitable areas to cross on foot.
There are numerous cheap or even free attractions all over Australia. The thousands of excellent beaches are free, such as Bondi near Sydney and Scarborough near Perth and so is all water sport, such as surfing and swimming. Diving and snorkelling are also very popular with locals and visitors alike. Major landmarks can mostly be seen for free, like the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Many museums and galleries have no entry fee, such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. Some camping grounds are famous for affording excellent opportunities to watch wild life, such as kangaroos at Zumsteins in Grampians National Park in Victoria and wallabies in Alligator Creek Campground.
Usually botanical gardens and public parks have free entry. Taking walks along promenades or beaches costs nothing. Food can be had for cheap if you do not eat in fancy restaurants – fish and chips, salads, sandwiches and food at road stalls cost much less.
The cheapest accommodation is youth hostels and backpackers’ lodges or camping grounds. Many bed and breakfast establishments are also very economical.
Louise Finch writes regularly on adventure travelling for a range of travel websites and blogs. She is an adrenaline junkie and frequently goes on ski holidays with her partner, wildlife and nature photographer Jean-Leon Butcher. She has completed various cycling tours and cross country ski expeditions.