A Guide to Travelling Australia on a Shoestring Budget

You might think that you need to take a small fortune in order to explore all the great things that Australia has to offer, but this isn’t the case. In fact, to enjoy some of Australia’s greatest experiences, you only need a shoestring budget. That’s right; the best things in Australia are very affordable! We take you through how you can take the trip on a limited budget, from flights to the cheapest places to eat. Enjoy!

Getting a Cheaper Flight

If you’re travelling between big Australian cities, don’t go with Qantas - go for a flight with Tiger Airways or Jetstar. You’ll be compromising a little on luxury and style, but you’ll get where you want to be cheaply. Before you book any flight though, check out www.webjet.com/au. To make the flights extra cheap, only choose to fly on Saturday afternoons, Sunday mornings, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Bear in mind that some of the budget airlines will fly in to Melbourne’s Avalon airport, where buses take a lot longer than from Melbourne’s main airport. Long term car parking at Melbourne airport won’t cost you too much, so if you’re flying out from there you don’t have to worry.

Where to Eat

Some of Australias most amazing eating experiences are very affordable, and we’ve compiled a list of the most delicious just for you! Try out:

  • Take away fish and chips at Doyle’s on the Wharf, Sydney - you’ll love the sea air as you munch on your affordable fish and chips, where you can then take a lovely stroll in the nearby Sydney Harbour national park.
  • Mussels barigoule, chorizo & aioli, Melbourne - if you love all things cool and grungy, this is the place for you. Take a seat in the window to people watch and you’ll be fascinated at what the city has to offer.
  • Lamb cutlet and minted yoghurt, The Crosstown Eating House, Brisbane - the bar menu here is very affordable; you could still have change from a $20! The gin marinated olives are delicious too.

Free Museums

If you want to experience plenty of different cultures on your trip to Australia, you can’t go far wrong with a trip to one of the free museums. Here are some of the best:

  • Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
  • Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney.
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
  • National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne.
  • Ian Potter Centre, Melbourne.

Free Wildlife Experiences

You don’t need to go far to see Australia’s stunning wildlife in it’s natural habitat. Just pay a visit to some of the best free parks and campgrounds in the whole country:

  • Tidal river campground, Victoria.
  • Zumsteins, Victoria.
  • Depot Beach campground, New South Wales.
  • Alligator Creek Campground, Queensland.

Where to Sleep

By taking a look on lastminute.com/au, you can get some serious bargains - you just need to remain flexible and not mind where you stay! You could be staying in 4 or 5 star digs for a fraction of the price.

See? You don’t need a fortune to go to Australia and enjoy all of the amazing things it has to offer. Simply follow our advice and you’ll have a great time!


  1. My sis-in-law and nephew Zach might be attending a cousin's wedding in Australia months from now.... how I wish I could join them.... this info is just on time for me to share to my sis in law....

  2. Awesome! You have a great travel experience. For the long trip you would hope that the flight staff would be pleasant and accommodating with better than verity of food. I want to go Washington DC with my friends to enjoy the summer vacations far from the house. Anyone here have any idea of reasonable DC flight. Please guide me!