The Land Downunder

Australia

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. 

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Accommodation

The cheapest accommodation options are camping and free RV stops. Cabins in caravan parks start around $70-90 but average around $100-130. Budget around $100 for basic hotels/motels

Transport

 Australia is huge with limited public transport outside of major cities. In Australia, they drive on the left-hand side of the road. You can pick up a rental car at any major airport in the country.

Money

The official currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. The AUD comes in  $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100, banknotes. Debit and credit cards are accepted widely. We suggest using a Wise card to cut down on high international withdrawal fees..

Food

Food will use up a chunk of your budget if you eat out for all meals. Cheap takeaway style lunches are around $7, coffees $5, breakfast at a cafe $15, classic Aussie Pies $5. The cheapest option is to self-cater.

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