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1. Posted by Dannycae (Budding Member, 40 posts) 20 Jan '13 13:00

Just wondering if anyone has any good tips for traveling around australia cheaply?!

My god it is expensive here!!

And where are all the more mature backpackers? seems like there are only18-20 year old gap year students here

Danny :0)

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1567 posts) 20 Jan '13 13:31

Honestly, if you're looking for cheap backpacking why did you go to an expensive developed destination? Loads of super inexpensive countries a short flight away from Australia...

Good luck with your budget.


3. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 658 posts) 20 Jan '13 16:37

Just to quote your other post about the "bondi bubble"... You said it!

Expensive country > expensive city > expensive area of expensive city > expensive accommodation style

If plan to stay and travel the first two in that equation, then definitely get out of the last two! There are cheaper accommodation options and cheaper localities. If you're travelling around look for bus passes and the like, and scope out chinatown for cheaper eats. If you must go to a restaurant, try eating in for lunch as it will be the cheaper meal. Some places have decent weekly specials on their slow day (eg. Monday).

When travelling alone I'm not normally fussed about dinning out and can usually save some money by picking up some bread or sandwiches from cheap bakeries. If you can bear not to eat cooked meals, the convenience store/supermarket snack can do wonders for your bottom line.

4. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 860 posts) 20 Jan '13 21:16

Australia needn't be so expensive if you are willing to be open to new experiences, which lets face it, is what traveling is all about!

Firstly accommodation. Try the wonderful site of Help X there you will find amazing friendly and interesting people who are offering a place to stay and food in return for usually about 4hrs work a day doing odd jobs around the house, or on their farm. You'd be amazed at some of the premo locations some of these people are in.

For travel try the ride share section of Gumtree Everything from people wanting their car shipped and willing to pay the fuel, to other backpackers wanting to split the costs of a rental vehicle.

It's not hard to travel on the cheap, you just have to think outside the box! :)

5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1567 posts) 21 Jan '13 00:27

Holy crap Danny, just saw your other post about renting a flat in Bondi.

How can you be surprised that, "... My god it is expensive here!!..."


6. Posted by Dannycae (Budding Member, 40 posts) 21 Jan '13 00:46

Ha ha yes probably should have explained that a bit better.. not to worry It's my friends flat here and he's moved out to a new place so let me have it free till the lease is up I'm just now planning my next move to get out and about a bit more.

thanks for the responses though :0) Ill look into helpx and i know about gumtree just tring to get a few tips from people :0)


7. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1567 posts) 21 Jan '13 02:23

Have fun and good luck.


8. Posted by jessica.jones95 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 28 Jan '13 02:01

Your best bet would be to get out of Sydney. I'm Australian, been here all my life and still can't afford to move to sydney and have a life at the same time. You can find some cheaper places in some areas of Newcastle, especially if you live with others and Newcastle is great! Go onto and look for places with rooms or granny flats for rent
Good luck :)

9. Posted by mathewnancy19 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 28 Jan '13 03:29

Throw in some world class surfing and it is no wonder Australia is so popular. I’ve been three times and each time I find something new to love.

10. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member, 325 posts) 28 Jan '13 04:03

Quoting mathewnancy19

Throw in some world class surfing and it is no wonder Australia is so popular. I’ve been three times and each time I find something new to love.

The beer is terrible though