Australia is a lot bigger than most people think. There are a lot of tourist activities for you to try, but the bad news is that it can get a little pricey.  Luckily, budget travel is a thing. Under a strict budget, you can still enjoy a lot of activities and create memories for you and your loved ones.

Budget travel Australia

If you want to see more of Australia and get a lot further, then you will need to save up a lot of money. That means sacrificing other things to achieve your ultimate goal of travelling Australia.

As part of your preparation for your budget travel, you need to sort out what you want to do and where you want to go.

Because you’re on a budget, you should set aside expensive activities like scuba diving, and aim for more available activities like surfing lessons. You can try the pricey activities on your next trip when you have more money to burn.

Here is a short guide to help you create an itinerary for your travel:


Depending on your travel budget, and how long you will be staying, affordable accommodations are available. Here are some of the more budget-friendly options you can choose from:

  • Camping. Bring your own gear, find a camping ground, and set up your own tent. It’s a great way to save money and be one with nature. Just make sure everyone is comfortable with the idea before pushing forward.
  • Hostel. If you’re travelling solo, then a hostel is the best option for a budget travel accommodation. They also accommodate smaller groups.
  • Apartment. For families or larger groups travelling around Australia, consider renting an apartment. That way, you will all have the necessities like a working kitchen and have enough room for everyone without paying for a hotel room.


Australia’s a big country. You need to keep your energy to do everything in your planned itinerary. Now, because you’re on a budget, you will want to go for food places that offer more for less. Here are some budget travel foods to consider:

  • Supermarket. When it comes to food, there’s no better place to look than the supermarket. If you’re staying somewhere with a functioning kitchen complete with refrigerator, you can store your groceries and prepare and eat them as needed.
  • Shopping mall food courts. If you’re not in the mood to cook food, you can always head down to the shopping malls and eat at the food courts where they offer affordable food without the wait.
  • Research restaurants in the area. Each part of Australia has their own unique restaurants. Research the city and find the most popular one. You can also ask the locals for recommendations.


After deciding where to stay and what to eat, the next item on the list for your budget travel itinerary is what to do. Consider your budget and how much you will be willing to spend on each activity.

  • National Parks. National parks are always free. It’s a great place to meet the locals. What’s more, it’s also a great way to escape the hectic city and explore the park with your friends or family.
  • Museums/Galleries. Some museums and galleries offer free entrance. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn more about Australia’s rich history along with artwork from prominent Australian artists.
  • Wildlife. Australia is abundant with wildlife, so it only makes sense to visit zoos and Sanctuaries to see these beautiful creatures and so much more.

How to get anywhere

Public transport like buses is readily available. However, the hassle of always transferring buses and waiting at the bus stop on a hot day can be deterring. Instead, invest in a budget car hire service. That way, you can come and go at your own pace.

Let this be your inspiration for saving up your money. Once you can afford the reservation fees, get in touch with the business owners and make your budget travel plans a reality. Making your reservations early on will promise you a spot without the hassle.