Australia is a beast of a nation, this is one country and continent all rolled up in one and its diversity in terms of its flora, fauna or man-made accomplishments is truly remarkable. Touring this whole place will take months, but not everyone has the money to stay for that long or even has the luxury to enjoy staying in luxury resorts. For those people who are looking for an escape to Australia on a budget, this brief guide will help you plan and live the best days of your life at this land of Kangaroos without spending a big amount.
Best Time To Visit Australia
Australia sees a wide range of climates throughout the year. You can experience a different climate in different regions, and it will be difficult to answer this simple question. However, the majority of tourists prefer visiting Australia in Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May).
Things To Do In Australia
While you’re in Australia, make sure to take an experience of these best things to do in Australia and satiate your adrenaline rush.
1. Manly Wharf, Sydney
Sydney is lighter on the pockets because many of that city’s attractions are free of cost a few dollars at most. You can begin with a walk through The Rock, which is a historical village that sits right underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. That area also contains a lot of narrow but beautiful cobblestone lanes filled with historic building, amongst which lives Sydney’s oldest pub- The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. After enjoying sites in the mainland, hop into a ferry over at Circular Quay for a scenic half an hour ride to the Manly Beach. Over the ride, you can witness sights of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
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2. Blue Mountains Train Ride
The Blue Mountains are a World Heritage site and are easy to access from a two-hour ride right from Sydney’s Central Station. Then get off at Katoomba and take the 10-minute walking route to see one of the most photographed places in the nation- The Sandstone Towers knew as the Three Sisters. Then take a 45-minute walk which would offer amazing views over the Jamison Valley or you can also opt for the much more challenging Giant Stairway trail which goes straight down into the valley. Or you can forego so much walking and take a ride in the world’s steepest passenger railway to get a beautiful view of the Scenic Skyway or the Scenic Cableway.
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3. Legendary Pacific Coast
If there is any country perfect for road trips, then it is Australia. Just rent a car and head out North of Sydney right on the Pacific Highway. This route is fondly known as the Legendary Pacific Coast. Over the next few days, just relax and enjoy a beautiful scenic drive over the Gold Coast. But there’s more to see first. Head over to the Australia Reptile Park to see some of the most venomous spiders and snakes being milked to get anti-venom. But there’s cuteness too in the form of platypuses, wombats, and kangaroos. Then go to the town of Port Macquarie where you can get a free tour of the world’s first koala hospital.
There are actually more than 150 super-sized sculptures of mega things all across the country and they range from enormous pineapples to gigantic potatoes. At Coffs Harbour, you will see the sculpture which began this craze in 1964- the Big Banana. The Big Banana fun park is actually a fun place to spend the mornings before heading over to the seaside town of Yamba. But don’t forget to get a treat of chocolate-covered frozen bananas on a stick before leaving. The drive will be long, but once at Yamba, you can quench your hunger and try out the prawns at seafood shops which are straight off the fishing boats. Complete by walking a trail in the nearby located Iluka Nature Reserve.
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5. Byron Bay
Cape Byron is the easternmost point on the Australian mainland. Get up early and head over to the lighthouse to watch the sunrise. You won’t want to miss this experience for sure. There are many local cafes where you can get breakfast for about AUD $10. Then either relax on the beach, opt to go kayaking with dolphins, or you can also take a surfing lesson. Plan your trip between June and November so as to go on a cruise operated by a local tour guide.
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6. Gold Coast
Just an hour’s drive from Byron to the Gold Coast, this place is famous for its towering high towers, theme parks, and shopping malls. But the beaches here are what’s so golden about it. Also called the surfer’s paradise, this wave washed a piece of sand is best viewed from Q1’s observation deck. Then go for stand up paddle boarding, surfboarding or kayaking there. Head over the Currumbin Rock Pools to relax or stroll along the Village Markets at Burleigh Heads, which sits on the first and third Sundays every month. Here you will find everything from upcoming fashions to vintage treasures and everything in between. Then head over to the Rainbow Bay SLSC where you can get dinner special for AUD $10 on Monday and Thursday nights.
7. Great Barrier Reef
Cairns is where you will have to begin as that is the gateway to the northern parts of the amazing Great Barrier Reef. There are many tour operators there who leave from the shores and go out to the reefs. You can enjoy a day full of snorkeling and diving over at one of the numerous islands and coral cays. If scuba diving is something that you wanted to do, then this is a great place to go for it as many companies offer cheap introductory diving courses.
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8. The Cape Tribulation
You can’t leave Cairns before exploring the oldest rainforest in the world. The Daintree. A UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most diverse ecosystems and it has survived even more than 135 million years on this planet. Use the Captain Cook Highway to get there as the road runs along the coastline and the views are magnificent, to say the least. Over at Daintree, don’t miss out on Mossman Gorge. Take the Dreamtime Walk tour next to know about Aboriginal culture and the traditional uses of various unique plants.
How To Reach Australia
The best way to reach Australia is via airways. There are several airports in the country. You can reach Sydney in the first place as it is one of the most visited and beautiful cities in the country.
Travel Tips To Enjoy Australia On A Budget
Australia is all about the big attractions, but there are ways to enjoy your travels without feeling like you washed all your money away. Here are some tips and hacks as to how you can enjoy the country without thinking too much about cash.
- Refill your water bottles at public water fountains rather than buying one for $2.50 per bottle.
- You can go to food courts of shopping malls around closing time to get dinner and more for a fraction of the original cost.
- Staying in hostels will get you cheap meals or if you help out with the cooking, then the meal can be even free for you.
- Always wear sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and adequate clothing while going out.
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So if you’re already excited to see the vast options in Australia in a budget, then don’t wait and pack your bags right away to enjoy a memorable vacation in Australia while going on a travel spree keeping this brief guide handy.
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