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Australia On A Budget

Ahh Australia my beautiful home country – there really is no other place quite like it in the world. With no shortage of things to see and do, the opportunities are endless. However most people are afraid to venture out to the ‘Land Down-under’ due to the supposed high cost of living.  Wages are higher in Australia therefore the cost of living is relative – however if you’re coming to travel, I’m not going to lie, it certainly can be expensive. So I’ve compiled a list of cheap/free things to do in this wonderful country to ease the financial strain – Enjoy!

  •  Bondi to Bronte Walk – One of the most beautiful walks I’ve ever done from Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach to Bronte. It will take around an hour and you can stop along the way at the many gorgeous cafes for a coffee or a bite to eat!
  •  Hyde Park – Get lost in Perth’s most famous park – it will take a few hours to walk around the entirety of the park so make sure to pack a picnic lunch and relax in the sun!
  •  Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst – A free exhibition of local Australian art in Sydney’s gorgeous Darlinghurst. Drinks are cheap here so grab your travel buddies and make a day of it!
  •  Luna Park – Both Sydney and Melbourne have the famous Luna Park. Entry is free so you can enjoy the atmosphere! If you feel like being a daredevil and going on one of the rollercoaster’s you will have to pay, but you can buy the multi-ride pass for a discounted price.
  •  Visit the set of Neighbours – Yep you read that right! For all you hardcore Neighbours fans out there, there are morning and afternoon tours of the famous Ramsay Street. Make sure to bring your camera and say hello to Harold from me J
  • Ghost Tours – Tasmania is known for it’s spooky ghost tours. If you’re brave enough I dare you to take part in one – it’s a very different experience!
  • Queen Victoria Market – Melbourne’s famous city market. You can find everything you need here, from Australian memorabilia to fresh fruits and veggies on the cheap. Also during the summer it’s open at night with lots of free concerts and food stands – such an amazing atmosphere!
  •  Byron Bay Lighthouse – The most easterly point in Australia is a famous tourist destination. Take a walk to the Australian landmark and be sure to have your poses ready!
  •  Great Barrier Reef – One of my favourite spots in Australia – there really are no words to describe the sheer beauty of this place. Grab your snorkels, swim through the crystal blue sea and see the amazing, colourful sea life.
  • The Barossa Valley – This winery in South Australia is one of Australia’s most famous, and produce some of the finest wine. You can join a tour for a reasonable price, or you can take your bike and cycle around for free! Just make sure to watch how much wine you sample!
  • Moonlight Cinema – What better way to enjoy the summer breeze than to head to Melbourne’s outdoor Moonlight Cinema. You can bring your own blankets and chairs to get comfy as well as your own food and wine! It really is a perfect night out


What have you done in Australia for free?

About Jess

Jess hails from Sunny Australia and is the youngest of the frugal ladies. She loves shopping for a bargain, reading, watching movies and spends most of her life on the beach

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  • Jem Abainza

    I plan to work on Australia in three-four years time. Will check out these places:) Thanks for this!

  • veronicalee

    I had my honeymoon in Australia! We’re planning to visit again, this time with my kids. Thanks for sharing this fantastic list!

  • anitabreeze

    Coming to Australia is definitely on my bucket list. It certainly helps to know of some things to do that won’t cost big bucks! You probably know all the best places to eat as well!

  • Lawna Young

    I always thought it would be fun to take a trip to Australia but did not realize how expensive it is until I read this post. These are some great tips and if I ever take a trip to Australia I will definitely have to check some of them out.

  • Pam W

    I have never been to Australia but it is on my bucket list. We have some friends from there and they make it sound amazing.

  • Corinne Schmitt

    I would love to visit Australia some day! I’m glad to know that there’s a way to do it without spending a ton since the plane tickets alone would probably eat up most of my travel budget.

  • Jennifer Williams

    That is one of the few places over seas I would love to visit. I have seen so many beautiful pictures and watched travel shows about it. Glad to know there is a way to do it on a budget.

  • Wow it sounds stunning. I have a friend who grew up in Australia and she only has nice things to say about the land.

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. It’s nice to see that it can be done on a budget even though traveling is generally expensive.

  • Karen

    My cousin actually lives in New Zealand and tells us a lot about Australia so that would help with us and a budget trip

  • PamIW

    I have never been but have a good friend that came to the US to go to college and then moved back. I would love to go visit him and see the country. Thanks for ideas of places to visit.

  • Annie Wong

    I have never been to Australia, but plan to do so one day! Thanks for the tips on places to go for cheap 🙂

  • I hope to head to Australia soon – a friend is living there now.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I’ve never been there, but my parents traveled there and to New Zealand and said it was utterly amazing! I would love to go sometime.

  • ashj3nt

    awww!! Love!! I want to go to a Moonlight Cinema! I have to add going to Australia on my list of MUST DO!