9 Ways We Save on Accommodation in Australia

Saving on lodging in Australia has actually never ever been so crucial. Australia a costly nation to take a trip, however one worth checking out.

Don’ t believe you can’t take a trip Australia yet? There are numerous methods you can save money on travel expenses.

Instead of setting a day-to-day budget plan, we set a weekly one, to permit a little everyday motion. Melbourne blew that budget plan out of the water, however aside from that splurge we have actually had the ability to keep under budget plan.

Below are 9 methods we have actually conserved cash on lodging expenses on our Australian journey. (It will be your most significant expenditure so listen and find out!).

1. Stay Mid-Week

If you can time your see right by remaining mid-week, you can truly conserve some money. Especially prevent the huge cities over a weekend if possible.

We’re stunned by just how much the costs for a bed can increase on the weekend– some locations triple. Because we’re on an indefinite journey around Oz, we continuously see the changes in costs from mid-week to weekends.

We just recently remained in a cabin in Port Campbell on the Great Ocean Road mid-week and got this offer– spend for 3 nights, remain for 4.

And we have actually seen much better costs mid-week for all lodging types from hotels to homes to caravan parks.

If you need to go to a city over a weekend see suggestion number 8 for our finest online scheduling websites, or think about remaining in a hostel. We remain in living room at YHA Hostels If you have a group of 4 think about remaining in a 4-bed dormitory to reduce your expenditure.

Our cabin at Port Campbell– Great Ocean Road

2. Negotiate for a Better Deal

One of our preferred methods to save money on anything! There’s absolutely nothing incorrect with a little discussion to assist you get a much better offer.

Competition is quite strong in the travel market as individuals are discovering smarter methods to take a trip for more affordable and longer. Put your smiley face on and either call the home beforehand, or speak personally when you get here. They can just state no best?!

Here are a couple of methods to request for a less expensive or much better offer:.

  • Is that the very best cost you have at the minute?
  • What if we remain longer?
  • Are you able to waive the cost for kids? (Many of the camping sites in Australia charge per kid. We have actually negotiated it off numerous times)
  • Does breakfast featured that? Are you able to include it?
  • Is there any opportunity for an upgrade?
  • I did observe XYZ home down the roadway is marketing $X can you match that? I ‘d much choose to remain here, however I need to keep to my budget plan.

You may even work out a much better offer by quiting a few of their services.

We just recently got a whole night totally free in WilsonsPromontory National Park as there was a blend with another reservation and our cabin had actually not been cleaned up. We informed them not to fret, we ‘d clean it ourselves (we were desperate to remain here and there were no other choices AND it was quite tidy).

3. Rent an Apartment or Home

Another among our preferred methods, especially for households or little groups.

Apartments, or house leasings, are a fantastic method to save money on lodging expenses. They are generally more affordable and more useful than a hotel, and even a caravan park cabin. And in some cases even more affordable than a personal space in a hostel.

Traveling with other member of the family or another couple? Why not get a house huge enough and share the expense.

Craig’s moms and dads visited us throughout our journey in Tasmania and numerous times we leased either a house, or a cabin with 3 bed rooms. Sharing the house truly decreased our per-night rates.

Check out these websites for homes and house leasings:

  • AirBnB— they have a growing list of stock in Australia whether you require a house for a night, or a house for a month.
  • Booking com— they are not almost hotels, they have a big stock of homes around the globe.
We found this 3 bed home in Coles Bay near famous Wineglass Bay in Tasmania on
We discovered this 3 bed house near popular Wineglass Bay in Tasmania onStayz

4. Go Camping

One would believe outdoor camping is an inexpensive choice in Australia– yes and no. (simply do not compare it to other nations.).

On balance you’ll pay $35 per night, however this can increase to as high as $80 depending upon where and when you camp, the number of individuals per website, and if you desire a powered or un-powered website.

For households, they will charge you per kid, and we have actually even been charged $12 per night for Savannah– she’s 2 years of ages– which got up my goat and had the ability to work out away!

Again, staying mid-week versus weekends will conserve you, as will preventing significant vacation durations.

We try to find the best offers and we utilize our settlement techniques to a minimum of eliminate the costs for the kids. One good idea about now having a camper trailer (see suggestion number 7) is we are self-dependent so can utilise the numerous totally free outdoor camping websites in Australia.

Websites to have a look at for outdoor camping:.

Our campsite at the Big4 caravan park in Queenscliff, Victoria
Our campground at the Big4 caravan park in Queenscliff, Victoria

5. House- sit

We have not utilized the housesitting technique yet by means of a main subscription website, although we did register for a couple of at the start of our journey.

To be truthful, we have actually discovered these a little aggravating and costly, and the competitors and versatility needed hard to land a house-sitting task. Many of the house-sits remained in external locations, and we didn’t wish to go to these places for the sake of house-siting.

You likewise require time to arrange it, or be incredibly versatile to carry on an impulse. With kids and a company, and a nation the size of Australia, it’s too hard for us to dedicate to request that incredible house-sitting task in Perth in 4 months, or eleventh hour.

In stating that, if you are really versatile on your places, are retired or semi-retired, work a digital company, or are on a working vacation I absolutely get the worth this can supply.

However, we have actually been really lucky to be able to house-sit a couple of times on this journey for buddies in some fantastic places like Melbourne and Bright Relationships can truly settle and we wish to return the favour one day!

Enjoying our house-sit in Bright, Victoria
Enjoying our house-sit in Bright, Victoria

6. Couch-Surf

We have actually not utilized the authorities Couchsurfing site where you can remain in a complete stranger’s house (which we have actually been informed by others is a fantastic method to take a trip like a regional), however we have actually been lucky to be able to remain at numerous pal’s houses in numerous states.

And we do not generally wind up on their sofa either, however an extra space which is constantly valued. The perk of this is you get to have a night of fantastic discussion with buddies and re-connect with individuals you might not have actually seen for a while.

7. Buy a Camper Trailer (or Caravan)

Because we were on an 18- month journey around Australia, we bought a camper trailer. You can learn why here

Although the preliminary financial investment is big, with time it considerably decreases our per-night expense of our lodging. Plus, it has a kitchen area which decreases our eating in restaurants costs.

We bought a brand name that has a high re-sale worth, so if we want at the end of our journey we can offer it and recover the bulk, if not more of our purchase cost. Apparently, if you offer up in North Queensland, or over in Western Australia you can in fact earn money or a minimum of get most back (the majority of the stock is down south so individuals want to pay more up north).

Also, we have photovoltaic panels on top of our camper so we can totally free camp in National Parks– and there are numerous stunning areas in Australia for this. We can likewise remain in un-powered websites in caravan parks rather of powered which once again decreases our per-night expense.

For totally free and low-cost outdoor camping choices purchase the orange covered CampingAround Australia book discovered in all outdoor camping and book shops. Or visit their site ExploreAustralia

If you are on a prolonged journey around Australia, or on a working vacation in Australia, purchasing or leasing a lorry that you can oversleep, then re-sell at the end of your journey is a fantastic method to lower your lodgings costs + offer you unparallelled flexibility to check out!

What if you simply wish to lease a campervan/ motorhome? Some rental websites for scheduling consist of:.

Our new camper trailer
Our brand-new camper trailer

8. Hotel Booking Sites

When we require to remain in a hotel in the city, or a hotel anywhere for that matter, we have a couple of preferred reservation websites we utilize to discover the very best offer.

And when we have actually discovered our finest offer utilizing the websites listed below, we likewise call the specific hotel straight as in some cases you can get a much better cost by going direct.

Our preferred scheduling websites:

9. Partnerships– Exchange Accommodation for Exposure

Through structure our company and our travel blog site, and by the nature of our work, we take pride in our collaborations with YHA Hostels and MantraApartments.

Even prior to we had these main collaborations we constantly remained at YHA Hostels and at Mantra since they provide fantastic worth.

YHA hostels are the very best for households in Australia and we trust them and have actually not had a disappointment yet. And we love Mantra homes– they are our preferred chain inAustralia

Just since you do not have a travel blog site, or operate in the market, does not imply you can not utilize this technique. I have actually seen a lot of check in the YHA’s marketing for lodging in exchange for work. There are likewise methods like WOOFING and HelpX.

I likewise got totally free lodging for 6 months in Bangkok as an advantage to my mentor overseas task. (We go more into this technique thorough in our eBook).

There are many smart methods you can save money on lodging.

NeedMore Tips for Australia?

PlanYour Trip to Australia

We have actually been taking a trip regularly for 17 years and have actually pertained to count on a couple of relied on sites that conserve us cash and time when scheduling lodging, flights and vehicle leasing. Below are our favored partners:.



  • Booking com has more than 11,000 homes in Australia consisting of hotels, homes and hostels. You secure free cancellation on many spaces and a finest cost assurance.


  • Skyscanner is a contrast site that browses countless flights. Once you discover your finest offer, you reserve straight through the airline company or representative (no additional costs).

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  • RentalCar is the world’s most significant vehicle rental reservation service that compares all the significant brand names like Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Enterprise, Europcar and Thrifty.

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