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How to Travel to Australia on a Budget

You don’t often hear the words ‘budget’ and ‘Australia’ in the same sentence, with the cost of travelling to this vast country quickly mounting up. However, there are ways that you can travel to Australia without breaking the bank, you just need to know where to look.

In this guide, you’ll discover everything there is to know about travelling to Australia on a budget, including where to find the cheapest flights and when to go.


Be flexible with your travel dates

If you want to save money on flights, accommodation, and even days out, you need to be as flexible with your travel dates as you can. As you might expect, visiting Australia during the school holidays is going to cost you a lot more than visiting at less busy times of year.

As a general rule, October is the cheapest month to fly to Australia, although February and June are also good options. Make sure you compare flights to Australia with Travelessence before you book to ensure you get the best deal on any given day.


Choose your accommodation carefully

There are lots of budget accommodation options in Australia such as hostels that are known for being significantly cheaper than hotels. These offer excellent value for money and are good for people who want to meet other travellers.

If you’re travelling to Australia as a family, there are family-friendly hostels available. Alternatively, you may want to look into Airbnb’s in Australia, which are a great option for groups and couples alike.


Invest in a travel pass

If you’re planning to travel around a lot, it’s a good idea to purchase travel passes for everyone in your group. Public transport is good in Australia with expansive bus and train networks that enable you to explore the entire country with ease and it’s a lot cheaper to buy a travel pass than it is to pay as you.

Alternatively, you may want to rent a car to get around, especially if you want to explore outside metropolitan areas that have limited train stops. As with flights, make sure that you compare different car rental costs before you arrive to get the lowest rates.


Go rural rather than city

Accommodation, travel, and eating out are always more expensive in the big cities, so, if you want to enjoy a family holiday to Australia on a budget, you should look at booking more rural areas.

Rural areas are also home to some of the friendliest locals and often boast stunning beaches and national parks that are completely free to enjoy. Just make sure that you do your research before you go to ensure you’re safe during your stay.


When it comes to spending money, it works out much more cost-effective to buy Australian dollars before you go rather than when you arrive. If you’re worried about overspending, you may also want to get a money card which you can preload and can help you to stay on budget.



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