How Expensive Is Australia As A Tourist?

Home to the Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach and Daintree Rainforest, Australia is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. But how expensive is it?
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Australia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world for many good reasons. 

Home to beautiful beaches, tropical islands, lush rainforests, and snowy mountains, it’s the country that has it all. 

However, is Australia expensive for a tourist? It all depends on where you’re coming from and your traveling style

This article will break down the different types of costs while travelling in Australia to give you a sense of whether or not it’s an expensive country to visit. 

Hostels in Australia

Sydney Opera House. Photo: Johnny Bhalla | Unsplash

In Australia, the average price for a hostel is 15-20 AUD in smaller cities and 20-40 AUD per night in big cities, such as Sydney or Melbourne. Private rooms range from 80-110 AUD per night. 

The smaller the dorm, the higher the cost. 

Hotels in Australia

Kangaroo. Photo: Fidel Fernando | Unsplash

There is a range of hotels in Australia, from small boutique hotels to big chain hotels. The average cost per night for a hotel in Australia ranges from 90-280 AUD per night. 

Food in Australia

Food in Australia. Photo: Melissa Walker Horn | Unsplash

The average cost for a meal in Australia will set you back around 20 AUD. However, a good meal in a nice restaurant will cost you around 45 AUD. 

If you’re staying in Australia for a long time, one of the best things to do to save money is to purchase groceries and cook at least two meals a day yourself. 

Drinks in Australia

Alcohol in Australia. Photo: Timothy Hales Bennett | Unsplash

As a nation full of big drinkers, you’d expect the alcohol in Australia to be cheap. However, that’s not the case. 

Beers cost around 9-12 AUD, and cocktails can set you back 20 AUD. The best way to purchase affordable alcohol is to take advantage of the happy hours, where you usually only pay half the price. 

Activities in Australia

Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Yanguang Lan | Unsplash

You can’t visit Australia without doing any activities, such as snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, hopping on ferries to nearby islands or booking an adrenaline activity

While many places in Australia offer multi-day tours, they will set you back around 400-540 AUD. However, for most day trips, depending on the activity, prices can range from 50-300 AUD. 

Transport in Australia 

Transport in Australia. Photo: Dan Freeman | Unsplash

Australia is one of the biggest countries in the world, so you can expect the transportation to be excellent.

In major cities such as Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, the public transport system is excellent, affordable, and reliable. 

Being such a big country, it can take a long time to get to places, making flying the fastest way to travel. Flight prices can vary, but with many different national airlines, it’s easy to find an affordable flight. Domestic flights can range anywhere from 80-250 AUD for a return trip.

Although Australia may be expensive, you can easily do it on a budget. It’s a beautiful country home to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Uluru, and many more fantastic attractions making it a country that has to be on the top of your bucket list.


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