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Australia On A Shoestring: How To Travel Australia On A Budget

Want to travel Australia without blowing all your cash? We got you! Cheap travel is possible across Australia, even in big cities that are traditionally expensive. But you’ll need good information in order to save money. Travellers Autobarn has rounded up the best tips and tricks to save your money and will navigate you how to travel this amazing country on a budget. From ridiculously cheap coffee to free museums, stay tuned!

1. Food and Drinks 

Cheap coffee. Get your daily caffeine fix for only $1 at 7/11. Maybe not great if you are a coffee snob but if you are on a tight budget it will do the job. If you want to make your own coffee save money and buy your own portable coffee maker. The Aeropress makes a very decent coffee while traveling or camping. Purchase one for under $50,- online.

Photo via @chadsbestfriend

Photo via @chadsbestfriend

Dinner deals
In every big city you can get a decent meal for under $15,-
Tip: go out for lunch instead of dinner, it will save you some cash.

Sydney Top 10 cheap eats in Sydney
Melbourne Cheap eats under $15 in Melbourne
Perth
Best cheap eats in Perth
Darwin Where to find a cheap meal in Darwin
Cairns Cheap eats in Cairns
Brisbane
20 top cheap eats in Brisbane

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Baos at Belly Bao in Sydney start from $7,50! Photo by @bellybao

Happy hour
Who doesn’t love a good happy hour deal? Check The Happiest Hour  which is one of Australia’s largest and most active listing sites for bars, pubs and other venues.

Master (camping)chef
Buy a camping stove and cook your own meals. Bet you can make more than you would have thought with a single gas burner! If you have access to a microwave get inspired and read 40 Delicious Things You Did Not Know You Could Make In A Microwave.

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Make a brownie in a mug in your microwave! Photo by @k_yahiro

Free BBQ’s
Use the free BBQs located at campsites and national parks. Use Meat In A Park to locate the nearest public BBQ.

Photo by @seancha

Photo by @seancha

Go fishing!
Be self-sufficient and catch your own dinner! Please note: check if permission is required.

2. Getting Around

Drive
With its vast distances, long stretches of road and off-the-beaten track sights, Australia explored by road guarantees an experience unlike any other. Hire or purchase a car because it’s certainly the only way to get to those out-of-the-way places without taking a tour.

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Travellers Autobarn offers comfortable 2-5 berth models start from 39$ per day! Spend your days driving on dusty red roads and your nights camping out under the stars to the sound of breaking waves and the crackle of a beach campfire. Plus when you hire a campervan from Travellers Autobarn you get access to free camp grounds and discounted rates at some top campsites in Australia. Check out the latest partner deals here.

Photo by @Sothatsmiri

Photo by @Sothatsmiri

Bus
Greyhound buses are perhaps the cheapest and most popular way to get around, with an extensive network covering most of Australia. There are a variety of passes available right up to the unlimited ‘see it all’ option costing $2,777; it allows one year of unlimited travel up to 25,000km.

Photo by @jr_hunch

Photo by @jr_hunch

Train
Australia has some of the world’s greatest train journeys and you’ll have plenty of time to chill because of their leisurely pace (just 80-90kph). Rail Australia offers a variety of rail passes. The Ausrail pass, which starts at $765 and is valid for three months, offers unlimited travel in basic reclining seats, on long distance services all over the country, and on some connecting coach services. There’s an on-board café and a hot shower with towels for each guest.

Rideshare
Find rides advertised via hostel noticeboards and through word-of-mouth. Or try websites such as www.coseats.com or www.shareyourride.net.

Fly
The quickest way to cover Australia’s vast distances, if not the cheapest, is to fly. Bargains can be found if you are prepared to travel at unpopular times. The main budget operators are:

Tiger Airways
Jetstar
Virgin Blue – check happy hour fairs
Qantas – Save Money with the Qantas Walkabout Air Pass

3. Accommodation

Couch Surfing
Find a bed for free! Members advertise their spare rooms, inflatable beds or couches or search for a place to crash. Couchsurfing is a great way to meet locals and get an understanding of their way of life. It’s a community minded site that emphasizes personal safety and encourages feedback.

Hostels
Australia has an extensive network of hostels, from large dorms to smaller room shares, and there’s a huge array of choice. Try Australia Youth Hostels Association or Hostel World

Camping
There’s a vast network of campsites catering to all budgets and tastes, and Australia has a huge choice of stores where you can buy camping equipment at reasonable prices. Camping in national parks is a fantastic way to stay in spectacular surroundings for just a few dollars a night. See the Australian National Parks Travel Guide and the Commonwealth National Parks. Camps Australia is a guide that describes itself as ‘the ultimate guide for the budget-conscious’. Australian Campsites lists free campsites across the country.

https://www.travellers-autobarn.com.au/campervan-hire-australia/exclusive-partner-deals/

Photo by @mattglastonbury

Photo by @mattglastonbury

Hotels
If you want to splash out on something a little more luxurious without breaking the bank, try Budget Motels.

4. Activities 

Most Australia attractions require entry tickets, some of these aren’t excessive — $25, for example, is a small price to pay for three days at the wonder that is Uluru — but others are extremely high: A one-day adult admission to the Australia Zoo costs $60. Enter our latest competition and win 5 entry tickets to Australia Zoo and a free campervan rental! Like our Facebook page and find out more!

Sydney
Take a free walking tour at 10:30am and 2:30pm every day
Ride free shuttle buses that loop the city
Visit The Royal Botanic Garden 
Check out this top 10 free museums in Sydney

Melbourne
Take a free walking tour www.imfree.com.au
Melbourne
City tourist shuttle bus
Find free Wi-Fi hotspots in Melbourne
Ride the City Circle Tram for free
Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens
For more see Weekend Notes’ list of free activities in Melbourne

Brisbane
Free things to do in Brisbane http://www.brisbane-australia.com/free-stuff-to-do.html
Roma Street Parklands
Museum of Brisbane 
Visit the week long Brisbane Festival including many free performances

Perth
Hop on and off the free Perth Central Area Tourist Bus
Take a free i-city tour
Top 10 free things to do in Perth
Ride the Perth Ferry from PerthCity to the south.
Visit The Art Gallery of Western Australia

5. Miscellaneous

Internet
Internet can be slow and expensive. Opt for a low cost, prepaid 3G data SIM card from companies such as Optus or Telstra if you need a regular connection. However, Wi-Fi is free at public libraries, and if you are happy to buy a coffee or a beer, you will find free, high speed Wi-Fi access is provided in many pubs, bars and coffee shops. McDonald’s is a popular option.

 

Fuel
Driving around is great, but petrol costs can add up pretty quickly. Read our tips below on how to save big bucks on your petrol costs around Australia. After all, less money spent on petrol = more beer money!

1. Choose the right day to refuel
If you buy your petrol on a Tuesday you can expect to pay 5% to 15% less than on other days.

2. Fuel Vouchers
Coles and Woolworths own a majority of the petrol stations and offer discounts on fuel when you shop with them. As long as you spend over $30 you can receive discounts anywhere between $0.04 cents/litre to $0.12 cents/litre depending on the promotion. Find more information here

3. Get a Fuel Can
You will get knocked of of your socks when you are heading towards the outback – especially in Western Australia & Northern Territory! Petrol prices can be quite high in those areas so pop some extra fuel into your fuel can before you get there.

4. 90 km/h
A lot of our customers have advised us that driving 90 km/h is one of the most economical ways to save on fuel whilst driving on a highway. We can’t confirm this statement but we do advise you to  give it a go next time.

5. Use Our Fuel Cost Calculator
Use our Fuel Cost Calculator it gives you a great indication of what costs you are looking at!

3. German Travel Guide
Read the German Travel Guide For Australia full of handy tips

Looking for more Budget Travel Tips for your epic trip in Australia? We are experts on the subject!

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