For 27 days in Australia, we spent $ 1100 for two without visas and tickets. This is very much for our budget. But not so much for a dream.
There is a link to the video, but there are more secrets in the text.
For how many of you have you always visited Australia as your cherished dream? For me it was exactly. About 7 years ago I even bought a guidebook, which remained standing on the shelf unused. Now that we WERE in Australia, I can confidently say it is worth it. It is worth dreaming about it for half a lifetime, and it’s worth it to go there once in a lifetime.
So what stops you? Oh, well, of course … everything is very expensive in Australia. It’s true. So forget about it and go to Turkey …
Of course not! Just find ways to make it cheaper. We lived in Australia for 27 days and during this time have accumulated lifhaks on this account. I’m sure there are more of them. Maybe even our new Australian friends will add something here in the comments 🙂
All prices in Australian dollars (A $), at that time – 49 rubles.
1. Do not believe Skyscanner and Aviasales.
Use, but do not believe. With their help, collect the flight with transfers by hand. Look for flights to via Singapore or Hong Kong, or Beijing, or Manila. Check where it is cheaper to fly from the main Australian cities, and already there look for flights from home. We flew to the Gold Coast from Kuala Lumpur with a landing in Singapore (where also walked for 2 days) for $ 100. And I bought tickets 2 days before the flight.
2. Find couchsurfers and friends in advance
We do not live in hotels. You can, of course, but it’s $ 100 per night … And it’s boring. You will not understand anything about Australia if you live in hotels. You need local!
Our favorite couchsurfing.com in Australia is working. But not in Sydney and not in Melbourne. There are too many tourists there. In other cities – please! But better in advance, it’s still not India or Iran, hungry for tourists. And in Sydney and Melbourne? And there exactly live your Russian friends! Or familiar acquaintances. Or distant relatives. Just tell everyone around you that you are going to Australia – they will immediately be found. Also will be glad to you! Anyway, they all miss their homeland, and rarely any of their friends get to them.
3. Drive over the campers
Our favorite. In Australia you can not sit in cities. All the most interesting – on endless kilometers of coast, in parks, in reserves. In Australia, you need to constantly move. And how do you still save on living and eating? Correctly! We need to go to the house on wheels, especially since in Australia for them an ideal infrastructure with special parking and free camping is built. This pleasure is not cheap. From A $ 100 per day (this is, for example, www.jucy.com.au) plus gasoline. Although A $ 100 per day is the price of an average hotel room, but here you also go …
But, of course, we will not advise paying A $ 100 per day for a camper! Take it for free!
Many companies offer to rent a camper in one direction, and someone should return it. You, for example!
The conditions are simple – pay A $ 1-3 per day and for 3-5 days you move a fully equipped camper (with utensils and, if lucky, even with bed linen) from city A to city B. There is a kilometer restriction, but usually it’s 1 , 5 times more than necessary, so you can stop by in interesting places. And you will have a time limit. This restriction can not be violated in any way! But, if everything is planned, then too, with a reserve.
What is most pleasant – part of the cost of gasoline is returned (A $ 50-250 depending on the distance) upon presentation of the check at the end. This is always indicated in the ad.
You, of course, will be offered additional insurance, chairs, navigators and payment of toll roads, which can significantly increase the cost. We refused everything, realizing that in case of an accident, we are fully responsible, and a deposit of $ 1000 will not be returned. So the option without insurance is suitable for those who are confident in the high professionalism of their driver. At us, just, such!
1) You can not be late. If you are late – you do not get the cost of gasoline (this is a minimum A $ 100 loss), take a penalty for being late A $ 50-70. Plus, if you do not have time by the end of the working day (which is likely, since the return time is usually close to the end of the day), you will also be charged extra for an additional day – another A $ 50-70.
The first time, of course, we were late … Stuck in traffic at the entrance to Sydney. And of course, they were already closed by the time we arrived at the office. The next day the fee was not taken from us, since I tearfully asked the girl about it on the phone in advance. But that’s all we managed to achieve … A $ 150, we just lost … Well, now we know …
2) You can not call on toll roads, if the contract says that you can not stop on toll roads, and you did not pay in advance for it A $ 30.
We did not want to stop by. Honestly did not want. Google perfectly routes routes to detour toll roads. But by chance in Sydney we went not on that strip … There’s no man in the booth. There’s no one to explain that you did not want to. There simply is a camera that takes pictures and sends out an invoice to the company. Two accounts. $ 4 for the toll road and another A $ 75 !!! for the fact that this commercial car drove to the toll road without prior permission … do not do so …
3) Follow the kilometer. In principle, the surcharge for extra miles is less than a dollar per kilometer, but it’s better to keep within what is given for free. It’s always real.
4) The fuel tank at the time of return must be complete (otherwise they will take a double price for each missing liter of gasoline). But about the gas cylinder and tanks for dirty water and sewer need to clarify in advance – depends on the company. Clarify this when you take a camper, and plan a time to find a gas or a place to drain the sewage – usually all this is in paid campsites and you can use it for free.
As you know, we tried all the pitfalls on ourselves once, except the gas tank, but there were also on the edge. But this does not mean that you do not need to take campers. Just tell yourself right away that Australia is not Russia. Here everything must be done as written in the contract. To the nearest minute!
It’s easy to find campers for distillation – you can simply google “$ 1 relocation deal”, but here are a couple of sites that we used:
· Www.transfercar.com.au (the biggest base, but the aggregator, confirmations can wait up to 24 hours, it’s better to book in advance)
· Www.apollocamper.com (not an intermediary, they have their own campers, so they confirm instantly, but they can return a deposit and fines for delaying them for a month beforehand)
· Www.immova.com (aggregator, then take a $ 25 commission, but suddenly something unique will be found).
It is best to look on Monday afternoon. At this time, lay out new proposals, and most of all. By the end of the week, there is almost nothing. There is always something from Sydney, there are almost always distances from Melbourne. The rest of the points need to look at the dates.
And by the way, such a thing is not only in Australia. In New Zealand, in America and in Europe, it also works. That’s only campers in America are so voracious (up to 30 liters per 100 km) that this puts the financial effectiveness of history in doubt.
Strictly speaking, in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Territory (exactly where you will travel), hitchhiking is prohibited. That is, not hitch-hiking itself is forbidden, but it is forbidden to catch cars while standing on the roadside. Plus, often on the tracks hang signs, such as “the entry for pedestrians is forbidden.” Accordingly, it is better to hitchhike at the exit from the cities – at stops, refuellings or any other parts of the road, not called the curb. In practice, passing police cars saw us standing on the road and did not react at all. Cases of hitchhiking are rare and usually are limited to a warning.
In general, the Australian hitchhiking is fine (even for those who did it for the first time in life) and, since the distances between large cities are very large, it is easy to travel 300-500 km on one car. It was in these machines that we got to know the real indigenous Australian aborigines, Australian pensioners and beautiful Australian intellectuals, with whom they agreed to change the world for the better.
Well, if you, after all, are not so reckless and prefer to rent a car – park for the night only for free Rest Area. Look for them in the attachment www.wikicamps.com.au. The first 10 days of the application is free.
5. Forget about eating in cafes and restaurants
It’s impossible. Especially after Asia and the prices of street food … Well, how else, if the minimum official salary in Australia – A $ 17.7. This salary is paid to everyone – from waiters to cleaners. And therefore the service sector can not be cheap. The most affordable option, which we managed to find – A $ 10 per person. This is a hamburger with potatoes in McDonald’s, for example. And in Australia, prices in cafes are almost unrelated to the location and status of the restaurant. They are almost the same everywhere. Fast food is cheaper, the restaurant is more expensive. It did not fit into our budget at all. Buy products in supermarkets. The cheapest is Aldi, but we liked Tesco more – there always (especially in the evenings) there are products with yellow discount prices. Even if you have nowhere to cook, Tesco sells an excellent whole grilled chicken for $ 10 and a Greek salad for $ 5, and another – see the next paragraph …
6. Roast the meat on the street
In parks, in parking lots, not even playgrounds in yards – everywhere there are barbecues. There are tables and benches for a picnic. Even if you have nowhere to cook and you do not have a home with a kitchen, buy ready-made meat in a marinade in any supermarket and foil and grill kebabs or steaks as much as you like.
7. Drink tap water
Tap water in Australia (except when specifically indicated that it is not) is drinking. Take a bottle with you and fill it at any gas station, in a cafe or in special drinking fountains in cities. After we at the gas station bought 1.5 liters of water for $ 5, we did just that.
8. Buy clothes and clothes in Opshop
There are such types of shops in Australia where people give away things they do not need. More often it is clothes, but there can be dishes and even furniture. Things in poor condition are immediately given away, and good sell for A $ 2-4. Volunteers work in such stores, mostly fussy old women. The money is sent to charity – to help the church, schools and, simply, needy people. It’s very nice there in these stores. And everyone goes shopping there. Even wealthy Australians. So if you have broken jeans (like ours) or worn out sneakers – go to Opshop. There are different networks, but all shops in all cities can be found here, for example, opshop.org. Or ask the local – they know.
9. Do not go to zoos
And also to other paid parks, where you will be promised to show animals. Absolutely all Australian animals can be found in wildlife. Kangaroo will ride in the evenings on the roads in front of your car. Koalas sit in free parks on high eucalyptus trees. Seals wear sun on the deserted beaches. Penguins … we did not find penguins, but they certainly are there! Ask the local – they will show the place.
10. Look for the rest on www.gumtree.com.au
Gumtree is our Avito, only steeper. There in the section community https: //www.gumtree.com.au / s-rideshare-travel-partners/ melbourne-cbd-melbourne / c18332l3001578 are looking for fellow travelers who, for little money, will drop you to Adelaide or those who will be traveling with you for 2 weeks with a camper.
There you can find free furniture and dishes. One of our French girlfriends in Canberra found all the furniture and utensils in her apartment on Gumtree. There you can find a job, rent a house or buy a car.
Have questions? Look for answers to Gumtree!
And you can go to Australia not for 2 weeks, but for a couple of months and, having worked at the harvest on the farm, pay back all the expenses … we did not do so, although we were close …
Beautiful! Cheap Australia is waiting for you! Get ready soon !!!