Travelling Australia can be a very rewarding experience. But, as a developed country, it’s also very expensive. Money should not keep interested tourists away from Australia. It’s possible to enjoy the continent on a budget. Here are the tips:
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Find Out Free Things to Do
Not all the tourist attractions in Australia cost an arm and a leg. Some can be enjoyed completely free. For example, you can tour the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, drive on the Great Ocean Drive and take the scenic Coastal Walk from the Bondi beach for completely free. Do your research before you leave to find out where you can cut costs or eliminate them entirely. For example, browse tour guides for Melbourne things to do, and you will find plenty of free things that some travel agencies don’t advertise.
Bargain for Lower Prices
You can find excellent souvenirs, food, and handicrafts at budget rates in open air markets held in cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Still, you can get the things you need for even lower rates by bargaining with the vendors. Haggling is totally accepted at Australian open air markets. Do not always agree to pay the price set by the merchant, which can change from tourist to tourist. When you haggle, always keep in mind to be respectful to avoid unpleasant scenarios.
Avoid Uber and Use Public Transportation Instead
In the cities, you can save possibly hundreds of dollars by taking the public transport instead of relying on taxi services like Uber. Australian public transport is truly excellent, convenient and affordable. Access is widespread in all cities and many suburban areas. There’s no need for you to waste money on chauffeured tourist services.
Get an Air Pass
While public transportation is a good way to get around cities, flying is the best way to get between cities. Flying, as opposed to driving, is fast and less expensive in Australia. The country has a number of budget airlines, like Jetstar, that offer discounted prices. You can get even cheaper rates for roundtrip flights within the country with an Air Pass. Some passes are even valid in other nearby countries like New Zealand.
Buy a City Discount Card
Popular tourist destinations like Sydney and Melbourne give tourists discount cards called iVenture cards. They come with various discounts, special offers and fee exemptions for a select number of attractions. Basically, you will pay a single price for the card, and then you can enjoy free or super cheap rates around the city. If you plan on visiting just one or two sites, these cards might be not worth the price. But if you plan on spending more than a day in the city and sightsee a lot, one of these cards will save you a lot of money.
Pay Before You Leave
Also, if you pay for your hotel room, international flights and such in advance before you leave, you can save more money. When you pay for certain services within Australia, you are subject to exchange rates. So, if you can pre-pay for something, do it.
The above tips will keep your budget while in Australia within limits without spoiling your vacation experience.