Australia offers much more than scuba dives at the Great Barrier Reef and sipping champagne at the foothills of the world famous Ayers Rock. You can visit these and other wonderful places on the budget, if you do your research and plan ahead of time. Part of the reason attributed for this turn-around, is the strength in world currencies such as the US dollar and the British pound over the Australian currency.
Some of the popular places you can visit on the budget include cities like Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. This is in addition to popular tourist destinations like Daintree National Park, Blue Mountains National Park and Bondi Beach, the home of surfing. If you are travelling to Sydney and Melbourne, there are a couple of hotels that cater for budget travelers. In Sydney you can visit Park8 Hotel, Pension Hotel and the Kirkton Hotel, which all charge under $100 a night. In Melbourne you can check out Adina Apartment hotel and the Middle Park Hotel.
You can also book yourself into a smart holiday apartment or house in a number of coastal destinations including Mornington Peninsula, Bryon Bay and Noosa. If you are visiting Australian on the budget with your family, the biggest headache is usually the airfare. Airfares to Australia from US and Europe can get to as high as $1,600 or more a person during certain seasons. However, if you plan a visit during off peak hours, you can get by with as low as $999 per person. On average, traveling as an individual is cheaper, since you only pay for your fare. The deal airfare for a family of 4 should be around $6,400.
To save on your accommodation and travel cost, you need to scrutinize the hotel rates, before booking your trip and make use of your frequent flyer points. Some of Australia’s most competitive airlines include Virgin, Rex Airline, Jetstar and Tiger Airways. On the other hand, the best sites to find great deals include Adioso and SkyScanner. If you intend to hire a car, check out Vroomvroomvroom.co.au. The site allows users to compare car hire prices from all the leading car rental companies in Australia.
If you intend to get around by bus. There are a couple of routes that offer free public transpiration. The routes include the Sydney free shuttle service on Route-555 in the CBD. The route stretches from Central Station to Circular Quay via George Street. Hotel accommodations in Australia are generally expensive by international standards; however, numerous hotels have discount packages targeted at visitors. In places like Melbourne, Tasmania and Gold Coast (home to all subway surfers!), you can easily find restaurants and hotels that have discounted packages targeted at couples. In addition, hotel chains such as Holiday Inn, Adina and Travel lodge all offer affordable budget options. Family travelers can also book an apartment hotel, where guests get to do their own laundry and cooking. Online resources such as airbnb.com, Australia.com and stayz.com can help you locate affordable accommodation, luxury apartments and tour packages in the land down under.