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Making The Most Of Australia On A Budget

If you are planning a trip to Australia you are probably already aware of many of the attractions such as great road trips, the big cities, and wonderful coastlines. There are many things you can do that do not cost a fortune. Here’s how to do Australia on a budget.


Perth has a wealth of things that are free or cost very little. Once your flight has landed and you have picked a vehicle up from one of the cheapest car hire company in Perth, you can head into this wonderful city. It’s a city you should visit at least once in your lifetime.

You will find it difficult to find any other capital city in the world that has such a large and beautiful 1000-acre park right at its center. Kings Park provides amazing views of central Perth and the Swan River. Walking trails are throughout the park and there are ponds and play areas too. The Botanic Garden is also situated here, and this has many native plants as well as ones from other climates.

You can take a boat trip up the Swan River, or visit one of the many beaches that are in and around the city. Then there are attractions such as Perth Mint, which plots the history of gold in Western Australia, and you can even be weighed and told your value in gold at the price at that precise moment. Perth Zoo is also a very popular attraction that receives hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe.


Sydney has some great places that are accessible by foot and are free of charge. Of course, most people want to see the famous Sydney Opera House, but there are also several parks, coastal walks, botanical gardens, and beaches.

There are City Ghost Tours that cost very little and if you fancy a trip to the cinema, most of the cinema chains offer cheap tickets on Tuesdays.

Sporting events tend to be inexpensive to watch and with all the games such as rugby and football played to AFL Aussie Rules, these can be a cheap and fun evening out.

Eating In Australia

Regardless of whether you are in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or anywhere else, you will find that generally, food is expensive in Australia. There are ways of keeping the cost down though. You can refill water bottles for free at a public bubbler, or water fountain as most people outside Australia call them. Most shopping malls have food courts and these tend to be some of the cheapest places to eat.

It is tempting to eat out every night when you are on vacation, but swap your main meal to midday, as lunch menus are usually cheaper than the evening ones.

If you are staying in a hostel, watch out for their cheap meal deals too, as they often offer very tasty food that costs very little.

Australia is a vast country and things will differ from state to state, but overall it is possible to see most of Australia on a budget, which is why it is one of the most popular countries in the world for backpacking.

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