Are you searching for an affordable, yet adventurous way to see the world? Australia is the perfect destination for you!

I’m sure you’ve heard Australia is the country of beaches and adventure, but if you’d like a chance to explore a stunning country and travel Australia on a budget, this nation is the ideal location.

Australia Travel Costs

Staying overnight is a perfect way to make new friends, discover the city you live in, and enjoy your visit with like-minded travelers.

Travel Australia on a budget, Accommodation.

Australia travel costs for accommodation in hostels start at about AU $20 ($15 USD) per night for a dormitory room in a hostel and reach up to AU $40 ($30 USD) in major coastal cities.    

Hotels in Australia cost anywhere between AU $55 for more affordable hotels to $238 per night, with an average of $92 for most apartments, and between $180 and $510 per night for an entire house.

The average cost of worldwide airline flights to and from Australian airports is $1,112 to $2,134 per person for economy and $3,492 to $6,301 for first class.

The average price for a 7-day trip to Australia is AU $1955 for solo travelers and AU $3,357 for couples.

Travelers spend an average of AU $41 ($30) on one-day meals and AU $37 ($27) on local transportation. A trip in Australia for two people for a week costs on average AU $2,680 ($1,995).    

Travel Australia on a budget

Australia is one of the most popular destinations in the world. It is known to be an important destination for backpackers, campers, road trippers, and divers.

Whatever the style of travel you choose, there is something here that will attract you. Backpacking in Australia is something travelers from around the world do, and if you are at that stage of your life, we guarantee you will fall in love with the country.    

Additional Travel Costs in 2023

One of the biggest expenses on a trip to Australia is the airfare, and this will be one of the main costs to budget for and research, during these COVID restricted times.

There are usually deals on International and Domestic airlines but during these restricted travel times the costs could be a lot higher, depending on your departing country and time of year. Ensure to do your research before booking anything in advance!

If you are planning the typical Backpack Australia route along the east coast, you should start your journey in Cairns, Melbourne, or Sydney.

If you have little time on your trip, you could instead focus on one or two regions and explore them as best you can to experience a relaxing experience while saving time and money on transportation.    

How to keep costs down

Australia is the third largest country in the world, and there are a heap of ways to travel around the country, including domestic flights that are on sale, staying in affordable hotels, driving your own car that allows you to explore the vast, remote areas, and taking long-distance trains.

A trip through the middle of Australia is an experience in itself and can make your trip unforgettable and much more interesting.

Travel Australia on a budget

Budgeting for a trip can be done if you’re smart and know how to budget and plan ahead.

A bit of prudent budgeting when traveling in Australia can allow you to extend your trip and enjoy the good life for a little longer.

These tips go all over the world but are especially relevant for Australia.  

Here are some ideal ways to travel within Australia, and save on unnecessary costs.

By Motorhome

The best way to travel Australia on a budget is by car or motorhome.

Motorhome travel is one of the most popular ways to get to know the country but if you travel from one part of the country to another, van rental can be expensive. The next best option is to get a bus ticket.    

By Bus

Backpacking in Australia is one of the biggest life chapters for anyone who starts traveling.

Greyhound buses, popular with backpackers, are one of the cheapest ways to travel in Australia. A ticket that allows you to hop on and off as frequently as you like is a great way to see some of Australia’s beautiful landscapes without spending much money on one trip.

By Plane

While you can find great deals on budget airlines within Australia such as Jetstar, flying solo means that you may have to forgo a lot of things on the way to save money, which is unfortunate if you want to make the most of your trip to Australia. 

By Car

Carpooling is a good solution to travel Australia on a budget and fun idea, especially if traveling in a group along the east coast of Australia. Ensure to plan a daily budget to include fuel, food, and car maintenance along the way.

Sydney Budget Tips

From a morning coffee to a hostel bunk bed, the cost of a trip to Sydney can take travelers by surprise and be slightly higher than you would expect.

Travel Australia on a budget, Sydney.
Aerial view of Sydney

Save Money While Visiting Sydney

Sydney is not one of the cheapest places to travel due to its popularity and size.

The city is famous for the harbor views, nightlife and beaches and to really experience Sydney you may want to increase your budget for the below:

Bars and nightlife
Restaurants and brunch cafes
Harbour Cruises and other tourist attractions
Public transport to beaches


If you’re traveling in Australia, it’s important to save as a budget traveler, especially if you’re traveling long distances to make the long flights worthwhile.    

Whether you decide to focus on the east or west coast, stay in some of the cheapest places to travel in Australia, take on the ‘Big Lap’, drive through the desert or focus on key areas to really relax, you will enjoy your trip to Australia a whole lot with a proper budget in place and awareness of additional costs in 2022.

Please let me know if you are currently traveling in Australia, and any budget tips you’d like to add for 2022!

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