Amongst many other developed countries, Australia seizes the imagination of every visitor. Many travellers believe its name is a shorthand for an endless summer where daily living is easy and relaxed, a place mixed with the right amount of adventures and where people have the can-do spirit. It’s not surprising to hear that many Australians have started calling their land the Lucky Country, which is based on an iconic book by Australia’s Donald Horne.
However, just like any developed country, travelling on a shoestring budget is not that easy in Australia, especially if you will be staying in the city. Is it possible to enjoy AU while saving cash? Yes, it is! And, we will provide you steps on how you can make the most of your stay in this country while on a tight budget.
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Check for a cheaper flight
Air travelling to the major Australian cities is way cheaper if you opt for budget-friendly airlines, such as Tiger Airways, Jetstar, and Virgin Blue. But, for those going on a regional travel, opt for Rex airline’s backpacker pass that gives travellers one or two months of unlimited air travel in Australia. However, Rex doen’t fly into the major cities, but it can take you to some of the most loved destinations in the country, such as Kangaroo Island, Broken Hill, and Coober Pedy.
Consider the following steps to further beat the high costs of airline travel:
Compare fares online before booking directly online.
To get cheap flights, choose to fly on Saturday afternoons, Sunday morning, and mid weekdays (Tuesdays and Wednesday).
Travel light with a hand-carry luggage than check-in baggage.
Airport trains are quick and convenient for lone travellers coming from Sydney and Brisbane, but it can be more convenient to hail a taxi in the city if you’re three or more people.
Prevention is better than cure. In a world where rare diseases are apparent everywhere (air, contact, water, etc.), the only way to ensure one’s health is by taking steps ahead of it. Travellers are advised by the World Health Organization to take extra precaution on their health as travelling exposes them to various health risks brought by significant changes in altitude, humidity, microbes and temperature. One of the most effective way to prepare your health will be getting the appropriate vaccinations by first visiting your friendly general practitioner. Some shots may come free of charge, but other specialiased vaccinations have extra charge. But, you cannot put a price on your health, so make sure to review the multiple health risks in the region you’re visiting to know the appropriate vaccination you will need.
Visit destinations with free passes
Not everything in Australia has a price, as some places offer free pass even to tourists. Those in search of cultural connection from this country, free museums and galleries in the city present permanent collection of Australia’s history. Note: Admission charges only apply when they are presenting special exhibitions.
In Sydney, one can check out Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Comporary Art, and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Meanwhile, Brisbane also has some of the best collections that one can check out in Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum, and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
Here are other free museums and gallery you can check out on your visit to Australia:
Canberra: National Gallery of Australia
Canberray: National Museum of Australia
Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria International
Melbourne: Ian Potter Centre, Australian Art
There are also free wildlife experiences one can try in Australia, without the expense of paying big bucks for zoo admission. Consider the following destinations to see Australia’s native wildlife.
- Tidal River campground in Wilsons Promontory National Park
- Zumsteins in Grampians National Park
- Bennetts Ridge campground in Blue Mountains National Park
- Depot Beach campground in Murramurang National Park
- Alligator Creek campground in Bowling Green Bay National Park
Although the Aussie dollar may continue to rise, some of Australia’s best travel experiences remain to be affordable. We hope this post has given you enough idea on how to beat the exchange rate by going on a shoestring budget to Australia.