Skip Navigation

Backpacking without pre-booking accomodation, possible?

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Backpacking without pre-booking accomodation, possible?

1. Posted by JoakimP (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

As of now i will arrive in Sydney 29th November, and staying a couple nights there.
I have not booked any other accommodation, and i know December is a really busy month, at least in Sydney. (or is it all over Australia?)

Is it possible to travel around Australia without pre-booking accommodation at all? just showing up and find available beds?
I know this will probably change for me later on, but i would like to start of as free as possible :-)

I'm thinking of heading up to Brisbane and maybe stay there during the holiday. Using the accommodation search tool on this site, i see some free and not too expensive rooms available.

To sum up; is it crazy all over in December, or only/mostly in Sydney?

Thanks =)

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 6283 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

As far as I know, it's just Sydney that has the December problem. And some places nearby.

In fact, if you come down to Melbourne in December, I think you'll find plenty of accommodation is available because everyone's in Sydney around then :) Melbourne gets busy in January though when a lot of people arrive for the Australian Open.

I can't give any promises, but as long as you're not trying to stay around Sydney in December, then I think you'll be fine without pre-booking. Of course, the nicest or cheapest places may well be booked out, because it is peak season after all. But I don't think you'll have too much trouble finding at least something.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

As Peter says, Sydney is the main issue in December, with the rest of Australia being a lot easier. But you have to be willing to stay in some dodgy places on occassion if you wait too long to book and all the nice places are full. You might also have to spring for the occassional hotel or motel if the hostels are all full when you arrive somewhere or you don't want to lug stuff half way across a city to get to a free hostel.

4. Posted by JoakimP (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the input =)

Maybe i'll head down to Melbourne instead, in December.