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Room at Lizard Island ResortAfter your flight to Australia, accommodation is the next item which can break your budget. So it sure pays to search for a place to stay well in advance. Accommodation Down Under can take many forms, from cheap hostels and camp sites to very expensive island resorts and everything in between.

Let’s take a look at some of the accommodation types in Australia and what you should expect.


Hotels in Australia are really diverse. You can find 1 or 2 stars family run inns which offer just the basic facilities, but you can also stay in 5 star hotels located in posh resorts (for prices that will give you headaches).

If you plan to indulge in a 5-stars experience but don’t have the money for it, wait until the off-season (that’s from June to August). The prices are really low and you will pay the price of a 3-star room for a 5-star room (well, you get the point). True, the trick doesn’t work if you want to enjoy the beaches but works wonderfully if you are looking to do major sightseeing.

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You already know that hotels are a bit on the pricey side, but if you look for a cheap accommodation, don’t hesitate to book a hostel. Do take into account that you will have to share the room with people you’ve never seen before. But, also consider the benefits: being part of a really nice crowd, making new friends and having fun!

Some hostels are located right in the heart of major cities, making them a perfect choice if you are looking to do a lot of city sightseeing. However, these tend to be more expensive than those located away from the city centers.

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Vacation Rentals

If you are looking for hotel-like accommodation at lower prices, why not choose to rent a home for your vacation? You can rent anything from a beach house to big villas located in lush tropical forests. Although it can get pretty frustrating to book a house directly from the owner, it sure pays in the end. Costs are lower because you can cook your own meals, and the freedom is priceless. No schedules, no tour buses — just you, your friends and Australia.

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Island Resorts

The Australian Island Resorts are perfect for those who want to splurge (and of course, can afford to). Resorts feature plenty of activities, secluded accommodation, great beaches and crystal clear waters. Several are located right on the Great Barrier Reef, which makes the experience even more exotic.

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If you are the adventurous type (or maybe just on a low budget), campervans are probably the best accommodation type for you. A “house-on-wheels” gives you the travel freedom you want, while also offering a place to sleep. With a mobile home, you can cook your own meals, explore Australia at your own pace and just have fun.

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Of course, you can also camp in Australia, which is the ultimate budget saving way to travel the country. There are designated camp sites with a wide range of amenities, but there also places where you can camp for free. Check out the Australia beaches for some idea about where you can camp for free.

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