How to road trip around Australia on a budget!

We think it’s safe to say that Australia is one of the best countries to in the world to road trip. The people are friendly, the scenery is stunning and the roads just keep on going.

However, what’s not necessarily safe is your budget. Though some people have all the money in the world, there are likely more of us who are holidaying on limited funding. We don’t want you to miss out on the awesome experiences Oz has to offer, so here are our road trip tips for the cash-conscious traveller.

Tip 1: Choose your attractions carefully

There is an uncountable amount of famous attractions around Australia, but you don’t need to see them all to have a great time. To stick to the budget, you need to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do I really need to see that attraction?
  2. What is within driving distance to my starting point?
  3. What could I do for free?

For example, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is a sight to behold, but driving there is a challenge. You would probably have to fly, which could cost around $150-$250 from Sydney (one way), using Virgin Australia’s current prices as an example. Increase that for the return fare, then consider how many tickets you would need for your group. It might make more sense to not visit the famous landmark, and instead see the more unique sights closer to where you are.

Examples of free attractions:

  1. Nature bush walks in a national park, of which the Aussie government says there are over 500 around the nation
  2. Beaches
  3. Some museums and other exhibits

Pack your swimming cossie because Aussie has some excellent beaches.Pack your swimming cossie, because Aussie has some excellent beaches.

Tip 2: Find ways to cut costs

Just because you are on holiday doesn’t mean you can go crazy on spending. There are two main areas in which you can cut costs when road tripping:

Food and drink

Are you expecting to eat out for every meal? Perhaps think again. Even if you only eat dinner out each day, at an average of $18 per meal, after a week travelling you’ll have spent $126 on food alone. This is excluding drinks and snacks, and anyone else’s meal in your party. On the other hand, for the same price you could purchase a pile of groceries to make your own meals, which would feed everyone.


Lastly, where are you planning on staying? Though motels and hotels vary in price, the accumulated costs can really mount up. Have you considered camping? Many of Australia’s national parks have camp sites with toilet, shower and barbecue facilities freely available. Pop a tent in the boot, check which sites don’t have a fee and you’re good to go!