Australia & the Pacific Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 GOR & Otway zipline together
  2. 2 14 day South NZ Trip
  3. 3 Aurora dazzles Kiwis
  4. 4 Best national park around Sydney
  5. 5 1 night stay around GOR
  6. 6 First time in NZ. Need advice on Dec trip itinerary pls.
  7. 7 7 days in New Zealand
  8. 8 One-day hike in Milford area
  9. 9 NZ: Northland & Bay of Islands 10 days
  10. 10 Trip Report New Zealand and Australia at last!
  11. 11 NZ repeat visitors
  12. 12 Looking for tour for 30 something's
  13. 13 South Island Suggestions
  14. 14 Best spot for first time SCUBA
  15. 15 Fairly easy cycling on the South Island
  16. 16 Trip to Bora Bora Australia in January
  17. 17 Oz air carrier recommendation
  18. 18 Challenges of readying Christchurch-Kaikoura-Picton road by Xmas
  19. 19 NYTimes: trouble along the Great Barrier Reef
  20. 20 Gold Coast - places to visit and stay
  21. 21 New Zealand Car Rental
  22. 22 Trip Report Sun, sandflies & sauvignon blanc: A short trip to the spectacular NZ SI
  23. 23 What exactly is a NZ sound?
  24. 24 4 weeks in New Zealand
  25. 25 An interesting read re driving to Milford Sound
View next 25 » Back to the top

Oz on the cheap! Your suggestions?

Jump to last reply

My niece and I are planning a trip to Australia in late July into August (17 days total, so only fourteen days on the ground) and we're trying to make a way for the next two (twin) nieces to come along, as well. They're still college students and don't have a whole lot of money, so we're trying for quad accommodations and such in order to save them lodging costs.

In brief, our trip would start out in Brisbane, go on to Cairns, then Alice Springs for an Outback (Uluru) camping excursion, and finish in Sydney. (Here's the itinerary: http://www.fodors.com/community/australia-the-pacific/my-very-first-trip-to-australia-the-second-time-around.cfm )

Some money-saving ideas I've garnered so far...

1. www.wotif.com.au for hotels for Brisbane and Sydney--best to book just a few weeks ahead, I believe? Might there be difficulty in booking for July/August, or should there be plenty available? Or is name-your-own on Priceline a good way to go for either city?

2. YHA hostel in Alice Springs--the one in a movie theater--sounds like fun, but I'm open to other suggestions as well.

3. Self catering where poss and street food! (What's best, what should be avoided?)

4. Public transport--what about from airports to hotels/hostels? I'm very accustomed to using public transportation, the girls not so much, but we won't be driving. Of course, sometimes there's a courtesy shuttle from hotels, I suppose, so where we stay might have an impact.

5. Walk ON the bridge in Sydney rather than over top of it! :)

At the moment walkabout fares for all international (from Philadelphia) and domestic flights involved is about $2100, so that's pretty good; lodging is obviously the next big expense, so any tips on that and general cost-saving would help.

I'd love to be able to just give the trip to all of them, but I'm squeezing the cash a bit myself--and, of course, the exchange rate is no longer in our favor!

Thanks for any advice and tips. :D

24 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement