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Having a Luxury Holiday on a Budget in Australia

14 August 2012

Australia is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, and for good reason; there is no place on earth like it. There are many ways you can holiday in Australia, from backpacking to working holidays, but if it is a luxury holiday you are after and you are on a tight budget, you will need to be organised and savvy. The following is a look at how to have a luxury holiday Down Under without it costing you the earth.
Take advantage of the free

Some of the biggest highlights in Australia are absolutely free, and the incredible beaches are some of the most stunning and famous. The plants and animals are also quite spectacular, and can generally be seen if you get out on a few hikes, also free of charge. Depending on when you are planning your holiday, you may also be able to take advantage of some of the free festivals and live entertainment that usually figure prominently around Australia each and every year, so do your research before you come so you are able to take advantage of free events.

Book early

Whether you are booking short-term accommodation in Sydney or tours of the Outback, if you want to have a luxury holiday in Australia without it costing you an absolute fortune, it is essential that you book well ahead of time. Apart from being able to save money by booking early, without booking in advance there may not be space left at any price.

Cook your own meals in your accommodation

Whether you plan on spending time on the Tasman peninsula or in the Hunter Valley, saving money on food can make it easier for you to afford to stay there for longer. Whenever you can, try to secure accommodation that comes with some sort of kitchen facilities, such as serviced apartments. This way, you can save a fortune by cooking your own meals and be able to afford to spend more time enjoying Australia’s many spectacular areas.

House swap

Accommodation costs are among the biggest on any holiday, so if you want to have a luxury holiday without spending a fortune, consider doing a house swap. A house swap involves switching places with a homeowner in another country, and if you can find a swap that suits both parties it can be a fantastic way to explore another country without any accommodation expenses at all. Consider looking for a house swap deal you like in Australia and you will be able to put your money towards a few more holiday luxuries, rather than spending it all on accommodation.

Short and sweet

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on your Australian holiday but want it to be as luxurious as possible, your best bet is to come for a short period of time and do it up while you are here. A long, luxury holiday will generally be quite pricey, so consider making it a shorter but more luxurious stay, as this will likely be better than staying longer and having to worry about expenses.

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