10 Ways To Save Money Whilst Backpacking Australia…

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Australia is no doubt one of the most expensive destinations to choose for a budget backpacker, with prices easily comparing to those of London.

However, it is also one of the most beautiful and vast countries to travel through and definitely not one to rule out when planning your adventures.

Basically, do not let the expense put you off going.

Do your research, note down recommendations & save wherever possible.

Here I have put together

10 easy ways that you can reduce your costs when backpacking through Australia…

You ready?

1. Buy a water bottle

Particularly in the summer months, Australia can get pretty hot and you will need to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. Buying water can eat into your backpacker budget very quickly at $2.50-$4.50 a bottle.

It is well worth investing in a ‘proper’ sports type water bottle that you can attach to your backpack and use numerous times. Located throughout the towns / cities in Australia there are public water fountains where you can always access free water, or failing that – ask the bar man to fill it up!

2. Venture off the main roads

Be it restaurants, hostels, car rental companies or bars, if they are located somewhere convenient / obvious / central the prices are going to reflect that advantage. Have a little search online before you spend needless pennies. Even if the hostel is an extra 5 minute walk – it will save you paying for a gym pass too!

3. Use my code for 10% the best tours on the East Coast


It goes without saying that if you make it to the East Coast of Australia you have to check off at least The Whitsundays and Fraser Island from your to-do list.

Then there’s Skydiving at Mission Beach, Castaway Island, surf schools, kayaking with Dolphins… oh i could continue for quite a while. There are SO MANY epic activities in Australia, but the problem is, money doesn’t grow on trees.

I have teamed up with my friends company Ratpack Travel {based in Byron Bay} to give you guys 10% off any of the adventures on their website.

Simply enter ‘MOLLIE10’ when checking out to receive your discount.

They honestly have selected the best tours that are on offer and using this  code will get me a little bit of commission and you guys a pretty decent discount, paticularly on some of the big tours.

E.g. You save nearly $50 on the 3 DAY 2 NIGHT Fraser Island Tour, which i actually just came back from and it was EPIC.

Every little helps right?

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4. Goon

Guaranteed you will not leave Australia without purchasing some ‘Goon’ – or have heard of it at least. Goon is another name for a sack of wine, which is basically the key to drinking cheaply in Australia. You can get the equivalent of 2.5 bottles of wine in a sack for $12 (£6 ish) so a lot cheaper than drinking out, and perfect for backpacker nightlife.

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5. Air bnb

Hostel costs are going to be one of the main eaters into a backpacker’s budget, and one you simply cannot avoid. If there are 2+ of you it is sometimes only slightly extra / if not the same cost to rent a room on Air Bnb.

That way you can have a private room / apartment, with facilities you don’t have to share with everyone and their dog. Something that will feel like a luxury after hostel surfing!

Get £25 off your first booking here

6. Woolworth’s

Woolworth’s is your go-to supermarket in Australia, your Tesco equivalent (for you Brits). Eating out may seem like the no hassle and always preferred option but again your bills will soon start to add up. Embrace the backpacker lifestyle and cook in your hostel kitchen.

Find some other travelers and chip in to cook a meal together. Grabbing a box of cereal bars / bananas to keep on top of your backpack is another great way to save costs on snacking out!

7. Make friends with the locals

Advice from locals is priceless. If you like an ‘off the beaten path’ experience, locals can usually point you in the direction of the less commercial and better value for money activities / adventures. The likelihood is they will be run by the locals, and due to `not being commercialised they will be a LOT cheaper than the ones advertised in the highstreet.

8. Hunt down free wifi

Free wifi in Australia is pretty hard to find. For a generation addicted to their phones, updating social media and messaging home – you’re not going to last long without it. Places to find free Wifi include: McDonald’s, Burger King, (some) public libraries, Woolworth’s & pretty much all the highstreet travel agents.

9. Work for your bed

If you are travelling with limited money but not limited time, then ask at your hostel about any jobs they have going. A lot of hostels will exchange a bed for the night for a few hours of your labour e.g. changing sheets, cleaning, cooking.

10. Backpacker meal deals / discounts

Hostels know that backpackers are trying to save money where they can and so most of them run daily backpacker meal deals for those staying at the hostel. You can literally more than half the price of eating out and eat for as little as $5.  Bargain!

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For those considering / planning a trip to Australia – I hope I have provided you with some useful tips to help you along the way.

As always, if you have any questions drop me a comment in the comments below and I will do my very bestest to help!

Thank YOU guys for reading <3

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie x

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