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Australia on a Budget

  • Posted by Gianni Malpensa
  • July 17, 2013 12:44 AM AEST
Ways to save money and stay on a budget whilst travelling Australia


Volunteering can be a fulfilling experience and provides an opportunity to gain new skills and new friends.  It could be beneficial for your CV and may even help you to find employment.  Some volunteer organizations may help you out with room and board, and occasionally flights. Most organizations that do this require a significant commitment of time (one to two years) as well as specialized skills and experience. An alternative is to join a shorter-term project and fundraise. Schools, employers, community organizations, family and friends are all great sources of moral support for most volunteers, and most are happy to help out with a good cause. Find more info on and



World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is an international network of organic farmers who, in return for volunteer help, offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. It’s a smart way to travel Australia on a budget. Get in touch with the WWOOF office in the country you wish to visit. A small membership fee gives you access to lists of member farms in that country. For further information and useful tips you can read this article on TripTide.

Trade labour at a hostel

If you’ve had experience in the hospitality industry, you can negotiate to exchange some work for your room. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, consider approaching a hostel manager. If they’re short of staff, you can barter your labour for a free place to stay. An alternative is to apply for a hostel job before you even leave home. A number of websites list hostel jobs, like provides a message board. Some hostels may be apprehensive about hiring someone from abroad; depending on the place, some may require you to hold a working visa before your arrival.


Cheap accommodation

Travel on a budget does not necessarily mean low quality. Australia’s mild weather is ideal for camping outdoors. There are numerous campsites all around the country, many located within one or two hours’ drive to major city centres.
Campsites usually have camp kitchens or even showers for your convenience, and are a low-cost alternative to expensive hotel rooms. Another option to stay on a budget is couch surfing, which is technically free of charge.
You can sign up for an account with the organization and arrange to crash, or sleep on someone’s couch, for a specified amount of time. Couch surfing has the additional benefit of enabling travellers to meet with local Australians and has gained in popularity in recent years.



Blogging or photography may give you the chance to win cash or a trip. Airlines, cruise lines, resorts, tourism boards and adventure travel companies all offer up prize trips every so often. If you're not picky about where you go, a little time and energy invested might get you travelling sooner than you expect.

Save On Communication

Local SIM cards can help you save on roaming charges. Opt for SIM cards from minor networks, as these will work out much cheaper for you when it comes to prepaid rates. There are several companies that sell SIM cards on the internet. You can buy a SIM for around $5 in Australia. We dedicated an entire article divided (part1 and part2) on mobile phones and cheap way to communicate in Australia.


Did I miss anything? Feel free to comment and let me know your best budget travel tips.