How To Budget For Road Trip Costs In Australia

If you’re planning a road trip in Australia, and you have no idea what you’ll need, how much it costs per day or what additional costs to expect along the way, this post will assist in building a realistic budget, for your road trip costs in Australia. Let’s break this down a little! Obviously no road trip in Australia is the same. Although there are some similar costs for everyone, including fuel, food and resources like road trip maps, there are of course plenty of additional expenses to consider, depending on the length of your road trip and Australia road trip budget. IS AUSTRALIA EXPENSIVE? The short answer is yes, but it will depend of course where you visit, if you are paid in Australian dollars, and what you decide to spend your money on that will determine your Australia road trip budget. The East Coast of Australia is generally affordable, due to the population and accessibility to international travel. In saying that, Sydney and Melbourne are the most expensive cities to live, but if you are visiting there for short periods, there are ways to keep costs down and still have fun in the city. Useful resource: Sydney on a budget It is popular opinion that the West Coast of Australia is an expensive area, though this is possibly due to the flight costs to get there, adding a huge expense to your road trip budget. Generally Western Australia is now considered one of Australia’s most livable cities. In fact, in one survey, Perth has transitioned from the worlds 10th most expensive city to 49th in only five years, due to the end of the mining boom. While flights are more expensive to fly to Alice Springs in Central Australia, other things like some accommodation and daily food expenses are in line with other cities. The main expenses to be aware of in central Australia are furniture, white goods and fuel, which are are more expensive in Alice Springs, than other cities. In general, road trip costs in Australia, including accommodation, groceries, and restaurants are expensive in Sydney and Darwin, while in cities like Cairns, Hobart, and the Gold Coast, these are on the cheaper side. POPULAR ROAD TRIPS IN AUSTRALIA To begin planning for your Australia road trip budget, you will need to decide which type of road trip journey you will take. Here are some of the popular road trips in Australia as a guide, if you are not yet sure which type of road trip to budget for. East Coast of Australia From Melbourne, Victoria, all the way up to Cairns in Queensland, the East Coast of Australia is one of the most popular road trips in Australia. The East Coast of Australia has the most populated cities in the country, with smaller towns and beach destinations dotted between. Depending on the time of year, and climate you’re after, different areas will appeal to a variety of travellers. The tropics from Byron Bay in Northern NSW, all the way up to The Daintree rainforest in Northern QLD will suit those searching for smaller towns and humid temperatures. The cooler climates of southern NSW and Victoria’s East coast will suit those searching for quiet and pristine beaches in summer months, or quiet, rugged winter getaways. Below I have broken down the 3 main parts of the East Coast of Australia, which travellers either take in one at a time, smaller sections or the whole stretch for the adventurers! (Grey nomads, family travellers, backpackers :)) Melbourne to Sydney The Grand Pacific Coast and Sapphire coast should definitely be added to your road trip bucket list in Australia! Parts of these coastlines have been travelled by locals and many a road tripper, making this road trip an easy one to keep the costs down for your Australia road trip budget. Seaside locations and national parks make this road trip a gorgeous and relaxing journey. Main stops on the Melbourne to Sydney road trip: Melbourne: The city known for its bars, art, food and coffee is worth spending a few days if you haven’t yet been to Melbourne..Related post: 20 best Melbourne restaurants Phillip Island: A small island south east of Melbourne known for its small penguins, open farm land and surf beaches. Only 1.5 – 2 hours from Melbourne makes this spot a popular destination for day trippers and family holidayers. Wilsons Promontory: A stunning National park full of wildlife, including Emus, Wombats, Kangaroos, Wallabys, Koalas and many more. The gorgeous surf beaches and camp ground at tidal river ar worth the drive for an unforgettable road trip experience. Lakes Entrance: A main stop on the south east coastal road trip. Fresh Fish n Chips. local caves, fishing boat tours and camels and markets. You’ll have plenty to do in Lakes Entrance. Eden: Halfway between Melbourne and Sydney, along the stunning Sapphire coast is Eden. National Parks, Wildlife tours, whale watching and boat charters. Batemans Bay: Gorgeous beaches, seafood, river swims and snorkeling. Jervis Bay: Clear blue green beaches and white sand make up this coastal marine destination. The hinterland of the area also provides cycling, bushwalking and Indigenous Australian culture. Wollongong: NSW’s third biggest city. Plenty of students and buzzing with things to do. Sydney: Sydney is of course as cheap or expensive as you’d like it to be. Stay for a night and choose your accom and a delicious meal or over a couple of days or more and discover the stunning sights of the city on the harbour. Consider taking 1- 2 wks for this Melbourne to Sydney East Coast Australia road trip as there are many stunning spots to stop and spend a day or two. Things to budget for:FuelCity expensesAccommodationFood and drinksAttractions (entry fees) Sydney to Brisbane The Sydney to Brisbane road trip is popular for those wishing to explore the sub tropical climates, easy surf culture and popular beach culture of the northern towns of Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Main stops on the Sydney to Brisbane road trip: Lake Macquarie: Located in the Hunter Region in NSW, and is a part of the Newcastle greater area. Sightseeing activities include wildlife, National Parks and bird watching at the huge lake (Lake Macquarie). Hunter Valley: A picturesque and large wine region with many wineries to visit for tastings or take a tour, located south of the Hunter river. Newcastle: Lovely beaches with coastal tracks, and a harbour to explore. Newcastle is a close drive to the Hunter region and offers a wide range of historical tours and nature attractions. There are heaps of camping options in Newcastle, which will keep road trip costs down. One of the best Newcastle camping grounds to consider is this sustainable campground: Paperbark Paddock Campground Nelson Bay: Known for dolphin cruises from the Nelson Bay marina, Whale watching and small, glorious beaches. Port Macquarie: Mid way along the north coast of NSW, Port Macquarie boasts river cruises, plenty of bars, Koala hospital, Hinterland and Rainforests. Coffs Harbour: Known for the Big Banana, markets, gorgeous beaches and a marine sanctuary. Ballina: Famous for The Big Prawn, Ballina also hosts cycle paths, plenty of art and culture and cafes along the beaches in East Ballina. Byron Bay: An iconic surf and holiday location with sub tropical temperatures, diverse culture and rich hippie history, under an hour from Gold Coast airport (Coolangatta). Related post: Best reasons to visit Byron Bay Gold Coast: The populated and tourist driven surf and swimming beaches in Southern Queensland. Head to Surfers Paradise for the tourist experience or Broadbeach for a quieter holiday. Brisbane: A laidback city on the river with a warm climate and plenty of art, culture and music to discover. Things to budget for:Surfboard hireFood and wine (Hunter Valley and Byron Bay) Brisbane to CairnsThe east coast of Queensland is a popular road trip for older people and backpackers, with time to spare to enjoy more than a couple of days in each destination. The beaches are tropical and the climate mostly warm, as you head towards Far North Queensland towards The Daintree rainforest. Main stops on the Brisbane to Cairns road trip: Brisbane: The warm relaxed city on the river, where its easy to spend days discovering the art and culture. Noosa: South Queenslands resort town, popular with families and surfers. Plenty of restaurants, shopping and stunning beaches. Airlie Beach: The gateway town to the Whitsunday islands and also the Great Barrier Reef. These parks, palm trees cafes and restaurants and worth a stop at along your road trip. Mission Beach: Located between Cairns and Townsville, Mission Beach has incredible resorts and accommodation options, Nature trails, Rainforest exploring and is the closest point to on the mainland to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns: They call Cairns the gateway to Tropical far North Queensland. If you are ending your trip here, consider heading a short way further north to stunning locations like Palm Cove and Port Douglas, or even continue as far as The Daintree Rainforest to the top North Eat point of Australia. Cairns has most things cities have, plus nice accommodation, and is accessible to the Great Barrier Reef. Things to budget for:Surfboard hireGreat Barrier Reef tours Great Ocean Road Victoria: Running along the southern, west coast of Victoria, towards South Australia is The Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road is a very popular road trip in Australia, due to the gorgeous beach views from the curving road, passing camp spots, surf breaks and laid back holiday towns. Many people from Melbourne take in parts of the Great Ocean Road in holiday seasons, heading down the coast for short breaks. Backpackers, international and Australian travellers mostly take on the whole road trip, which officially begins in Torquay and ends in Allansford.Popular stops along the Great Ocean Road are, Anglesea, Aireys inlet, Lorne, Kennett River, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. Things to budget for:Coffee stopsCamping/accommodationWarm clothes (nighttime)Wetsuit for colder waterAustralia road trip mapFirewood if off season For more on The Great Ocean Road and getaways in Victoria, see here. Adelaide to Perth: through the Nullabour The Adelaide (South Australia) to Perth (Western Australia) road trip is a popular 4WD road trip for those wishing to see or stay on the Nullabour plain. Begin by visiting the Barossa Valley outside of Adelaide, through Port Augusta, The Nullabour to see the wild camels, through to Kalgoolie, and onwards to Perth. Things to budget for:Fuel (expensive)WaterWine and cheese (Barossa valley)Accommodation (Nullabour Roadhouse) Tasmanian circle The Tasmanian circle road trip is also a very popular road trip in Australia.Taking at least 5 days, this road trip boasts deserted beaches, towns by the river and delicious produce and seafood. Main stops on the Tasmanian circle: It is common to begin this road trip in Hobart, head to Frecinet Park, onto Launceston, up north to Stanley, down on the West to Cradle Mountain, Strahan, then back to Hobart. Things to budget for:Wine and produceWarm clothes Perth to Broome: coastal drive Main stops on the Perth to Broome Road Trip: Perth: From the sunshine to the leisurely lifestyle, Perth offers many reasons to explore the city at the beginning or end of your road trip.Whether you visit the incredible beaches of deep blue sea and white sand, head to the wine reagion or see the local wildlife, there is plenty to do in and near the city of Perth. Top things in Perth:Wildlife: Places like the Caversham Wildlife Park, which has over 200 different animal species such as , possums, wombats, dingoes, kangaroos, koalas, emus, Tasmanian devils, reptiles and owls. Other places like Perth Zoo, Kings Park and botanical gardens, Penguin island and Rottnest Island all provide opportunities to see animals such as quokkas, lizards, dolphins, penguins, whales and sea lions. Cycling: in Perth is easy as there are many trails which are perfect for seeing Perth by bike. Trails such as Kings Park, Cottesloe Beach, Whitean Lark, Fremantle and Herdman Lake are ideal for sightseeing and fitness. Beaches: … Continue reading How To Budget For Road Trip Costs In Australia