After I wrote my post about of cost of our trip to Iceland I realised that tips like that with costs included can really help people when they are trying to plan a trip and there wasn’t any information I could find about planning a trip to Australia with prices included.
We are known as one of the most expensive countries in the world so when you are here there are plenty of ways to save some money. I have put together some of our top tips and some of the places you can shop, stay and get what you need in Australia.
Accommodation in Australia
There are plenty of options in Australia for accommodation in cities and in regional areas. You will find Hotels, Motels, Airbnb, Apartments, Hostels and Caravan parks.
In the CBD of capital cities expect to pay well over $100 for a double room. A hostel for a single bed runs at around $30 a night. or families
Accommodation in Australia Tips:
Food and basics
Supermarket prices in Australia:
- A loaf of bread $1.99 AUD
- Apples (Pink Lady) $4.99 per kilo
- Bananas $3.50 per kilo
- UHT Full Cream Milk 1l $1.59
- Yoghurt 500g tub $3.99
- 1.25L Coke $1.99
- Instant Noodles $1.10
- Readymade Meals $3.00 – $6.00
- 2 Pork Chops $10.00
- 6 pack of Musili bars $3.99
- Pringles $3.99
- Red Bull $4.99
- Pack of Tim Tams $2.99
These are all prices that I found in our local Woolworths Supermarket. They are brand name products but in Australia, we have a ‘home brand’ as well. These products are often made by the same company’s that are branded but are significantly cheaper. This will also help you save some money and there are also specials of the week that can also help you save a large amount per item.
Aldi is also a great place to shop to save money. It has really been giving the leading supermarkets a run for their money over the last few years and many would know the products from home as well. There are plenty of Aldi’s around the country and much more popping up al, the time.
Food and Basics in Australia Tips:
Unlike the USA and Europe, Australia only has 4 major supermarket chains. These will be Woolworths, Coles, Foodworks and Aldi. If you are familiar with Aldi in Europe the shops in Australia will feel comfortable to you as they use the same design and layout.
If you shop here you will save more money than if you shop at a convenience store. They are overpriced and have a limited range. Aldi is at this time much cheaper than Woolworths (locally known as Woolies) and Coles whereas IGA is a little more expensive. IGA (Independent Grocers of Australia) are normally in small rural towns and sometimes incorporate Foodworks as well.
Eating out and Take away
Take Away – Restaurant Prices:
- 1 Large Hawaiian Pizza $9.99
- Hot Dog $3.00 – $5.00
- Large Fried Rice $8.00
- Local Beer (restaurant) $6.00 – $10.00
- Imported Beer (restaurant) $8.00- $12.00
- Coffee and Donut (Donut King) $6,00
- Salad Roll $6.00
- Big Mac Meal $10.00
- Spaghetti Bolognese (restaurant) $$20.00
- Beefsteak meal (restaurant) $30.00 – $40.00
- Fish and Chips (restaurant) $25.00-30.00
- KFC dinner for 4 $30.00 – $40.00
Take away and restaurant tips:
Rural areas can differ significantly from city areas. I know that sometimes it is easier to get a cheap meal in the city through an early bird special or a large franchise but then some pubs in the country have great ‘pub grub’ that the city just can’t compete with.
Fast food restaurants are normally the same price wherever you go so you don’t have to worry about that. If you are staying in a spot for a few nights ask at the reception desk to where a great place is to eat in your budget. I am sure that the person at the desk will have a top tip for you.
- Hungry Jacks = Burger King in Australia!
Tips for the car hire:
Car hire in Australia is pretty reasonable with cars ranging from $20 – $50 a day plus insurances. Try and get a credit card that covers your excess before you land in Australia.
This makes renting a car a lot cheaper. The usual players are in the Australian market, Europcar, Budget, Avis, Alamo and more.
Tour Tips: Australia is a big country and unless you hire a car a tour can sometimes best the best way to see things. We recommend using Get Your Guide or Viator for the tour bookings. Remember to take sunscreen, a hat and water.
Australia much like the rest of the world has stores such as Zara and H&M etc. If you’re looking to buy cheaper clothes you can check the local markets in the state capitals. As for big chain stores head to K-Mart and Best and Less to find yourself a bargain.
Service stations-Convenience Stores
Try and avoid the service stations the prices are much higher. You will certainly pay for the convenience with a 600ml coke around $5.00. A lot of the bug service station on the highways do have a McDonalds or such attached these days. This can provide for a cheap meal at times while travelling.
With all this said we hope this gives you a general idea of the costs of travelling to Australia. Don’t forget to buy travel insurance and get a visa to visit Australia. E-Visa provides a fast and affordable service online for all your Australian visa needs.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.