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How To Travel In Australia On A Budget

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If you plan on traveling a trip to Australia, but you’re on a strict budget, then this guide is for you. Although Australia is an expensive country to travel in, it can be done in more affordable ways, you just need to know how.

Although Australia is our home, we also spent 1.5 years road tripping the country, and learned how to travel in Australia on a budget.

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I hate to shatter your dreams of endless Great Barrier Reef scuba dives and glasses of champagne whilst watching an Uluru sunset, so we hope the following Australia budget travel tips will help.

If you want to know how much you should set aside for travel expenses, this is a complete guide to cost of travel in Australia, whereas this guide will focus soley on budgeting tips.

Today we hope to help you lower your costs on your trip down under.

How to Travel Australia on a Budget

Below we have listed our top considerations and tips for traveling Australia on the cheap.

1. Plan Your Itinerary First

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Kangaroo Island

Firstly, let’s put Australia into perspective. Before you can plan how to cut costs, you do really need to put your itinerary together first.

If you don’t plan your itinerary and how to get around first, you will find that two weeks in Australia could end up being the same amount you would spend in an entire month.

When you’re putting together your itinerary, remember the actual size of Australia and it’s landscape, which many travelers disregard until they arrive, and end up regretting the choices they made in the planning stage.

Australia is the sixth biggest country in the world and about the same size as mainland USA. So, considering the country is so vast, the problem becomes how to visit Australia and where to visit?

Think about how much time you have and then make a list of your must-see places in Australia and plan accordingly.

If you only have one week and you’re on a budget, it would be best to focus on one or two regions.

You don’t want to be traveling from Sydney to Perth then back to Cairns in that time. You and your bank balance will be wiped out.

If you have three or four weeks, check out our 3-week itinerary for Australia which has detailed tips on where to go and what to see and do.

But, if you have an extended period of time, more than one month, you’ll have more flexibility and strategies you can use. Let’s dive in.

2. Think About Getting Around Australia

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Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria

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