The cost of travel in Australia seems to be getting higher by the second, it’s crazy! As Australians living in America, we are always being asked; is Australia expensive to visit? How much does it cost to travel in Australia?
Sure, it’s unique and beautiful and a dream destination for many people, but it’s no secret Australia is also a premium destination that comes with a price tag – a tag that reads one of the most expensive places to visit.
But don’t let that put you off going. There are ways that you can reduce your travel budget for Australia and still have a great time – in fact, we have a complete separate guide to Australia travel budgets here.
In this guide, we’ve focused soley on the cost of travel in Australia so you get an idea for how much things cost and can work out your travel budget.
Note the prices in this guide are in Australian Dollars (AUD). You will need to run the prices through Xe.com to find the exchange rate conversion in your own country.
Cost of Travel in Australia
Below we have broken down the costs of travel in Australia into each category for consideration – whether that be your mode of transport, activities and attractions, or accommodation.
So is it really that bad? Maybe you can tell me? I’ve gone through almost every facet of travel and priced things out details as though I was planning my own adventure.
I hope you find the below breakdown of overall costs useful for planning your expenses, and it helps you to get your head around thinking on Australian terms now, and not Asian, American or Eastern Europe prices.
Cost of Flights in Australia
Depending on the time of year and day of the week the cost of flights to Australia will vary greatly just as they do in any country.
For my first example, let’s look at one of the most popular flights on the network, the Sydney –> Melbourne route.
- 1hr 30min flight
- Return ticket
- Booked 5 weeks in advance
- Departing in November
I ran this scenario through my favourite flight search engines. Best price I got at the time was:
How does this price compare with a 90 minute return flight in your country?
The second example I used was another popular flight from Sydney –> Cairns, you’ve gotta visit the Great Barrier Reef…