How to travel low cost in Australia

Can you tragel low cost in Australia?! To be 100% honest the answer is “NO”. But still, you can lower the expences a little bit, especially the transportation ones, thanks to the many offers you can find on the internet.

We’ll try to list all the ways we have used during our one month long trip around the kangaroos land. You can find our itinerary by clicking on this page.

Relocation Cars

Transfer Car

Australia: Transfer Car

For extremely long sojourns, you can take into consideration to buy a car and then to sell it… as an alternative, here there is a good way to “rent” one.

Relocation cars is a way used by the car rentals companies. to save on their costs of transferral of cars and campervan.

Often enough it happens that companies have way too many cars on one side of the country and too little on the other. As they need to have availability in all their deposits, instead of moving the cars at their own expenses, make it a possibility to rent the cars for free, the only thing you have to pay is fuel.

With this method there is another bonus: you won’t have to pay the pricey “Drop off fee”, that very often is around the 300 euros by itself.

Here’s a video that better explains how everything works!

In this way we rented one car from Brisbane to Rockhampton, a camper from Airlie Beach to Cairns; a campervan from Cairns to Alice Springs and a car from Adelaide to Melbourne. The total we have pain (petrol excluded) is 200 euros.

The only limits that you have with this method are:

  • Flexibility: the cars are usually available 2 weeks prior to the the date when you have to give it back, so it is difficult to plan with a lot of notice all your trip.
  • Availability: you can’t be sure that there is an available car for the bit of road you have to take.
  • Times: the company counts that you can drive for 500km a day, so the days at disposal for the free rental are proportional to the distance to take. But still, there is the possibility to add days to the rental, at the price of a normal one, according to the market.

Our referral websites:

Car Pooling

Car Pooling

Australia: Car Pooling

You need a ride? You want to split the fuel expenses? Nothing better than checking on the internet if there is someone else going in your same direction.

It is enough to post and ad (or answer to one) to contact or to be contacted by other people, with whom you’ll arrange the travel.

We, answering a post on Facebook, travelled for 3 days from Adelaide to Melbourne with a Canadian girl, with whom we splitted the expenses (the car was for free, thanks to Relocation). We saved 50 dollars!

There are no particular limits, you just have to talk with the others and decide what to do. The only real necessity is to be able to speak a common language, at least a tiny bit!

Our referral websites:

Facebook: Australia Rideshare


Couchsurfing (writing on the discussion page of the city and looking for “travelmates”!)



Australia: Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing: the social network to offer and receive accommodation for free all over the world! Thanks to this social, we had the chance to borrow a kayak for free to swim with the dolphins, take part in some charity marathons, get picked up at the airport, find travel mates and so much more!

Airbnb: the web platfor to stay over at a private’s house. Once you booked you have to arrange all the arrivals details with the owner, but often enough it is much more convenient than hotel and hostels! With similar prices to the hostels ones you can sleep in a private/double room instead of a dormitory. With Airbnb we slept 3 nights in Melbourne, 15 minutes by train from the city centre (without having the problem of finding the usual super expensive parking spot (minimum 22 dollars per day) and we had a room all to ourselves)

YHA Hostels: generally it is the most convenient hostel chain in Australia. They are all well kept and organized. Some of them (for example in Hervey Bay and Alice Springs) even have a swimming pool at disposal for the costumers. Equipped kitchens and really clean restrooms! You can even get a card to become a member and get a discount.

APPs for your phone


Wikicamps Australia

Aside from the usual phone APPs to use as a GPS navigator, specifically Google Maps and, in Australia it is extremely important to use the WikiCamps AU APP.

This APP presents detailed maps of the whole continent, with the indications about camping places, hotels, accommodations, campervan parks, public restrooms, picnic areas and everything else you may need while on the road in this huge country, especially if you are travelling between cities, in the Outback.

All the signalled places have comments below of the users, from a complete description of what you will find there and where it would be better to stop  (ex: free of charge or not parkings, picnic areas, if there is a restroom, if it is okay for a camper and so on).

We used it constantly when we where in the car and this helped out a lot with organizing everything in a well optimized way. We decided to stop thrice while in the Outback, twice in a free camping place and once in a campervan we had to pay for, but it had a kitchen, a shower, electic plugs and othere amenities.

The only limit: you have to download offline maps on the phone (so it needs to have plenty of storage) and it is for free only for 14 days.

The only thing left to do is to wish you and amazing trip in Australia!!! Remember that the water is almost always drinkable and that, obviously, it is cheaper to prepare your own meals, be it in the hostel, in a camping place or in a campervan! Woolworths, Coles and especially Aldi will be your second house… or K-Mart if you need anything else!

Author: Ste

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