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The Lowdown Down Under

With the Australian dollar struggling, who wouldn’t want to save a few extra pennies (or cents) on a budget break Down Under? Take a glance at our money-saving tips for a truly bonzer time.

Coach Travel

In a country the size of Australia, travelling around by coach might seem like a long, dull and expensive option. However, Greyhound offers a multitude of great deals, including route- or mile-based fares and flexible hop-on-hop-off passes. Other ways to save money include ‘Mates Rates’, which offer 50% off the price of a second ticket, and 90-day east-coast passes which often include free stays.


If you fancy yourself as a free spirit, there’s no better way to see the Aussie terrain than in a campervan. Whether it’s a state-of-the-art RV or a rainbow-coloured VW Camper, there is an abundance of rental companies in every major town. The best way to avoid paying the full whack is to look out for ‘relocation’ rentals, when vehicles need moving from one depot to another. Companies will offer heavily discounted rates starting from $1 a day, and some may even throw in a petrol allowance. Check out Britz, Travellers-Autobarn and Stand By Cars for a list of available vehicles.


If viewing the vast desert plains and sun-kissed beaches at eye level doesn’t take your fancy, there are plenty of airlines offering great deals on domestic flights. Check out Jetstar and Qantas, or if you really want to grab a bargain, Virgin Blue releases a number of online-only ‘Happy Hour’ fares between 12 and 1pm daily. They also have a flight sale running until 31 August.


If you’re planning to stay for a while on a Working Holiday Visa, it’s worth applying for a Medicare card. These are free to British and Irish visitors, and ensure free health care when in Australia. Although it is always advisable to take out travel insurance, these cards may save you from having to pay an excess should the unexpected happen.


Fancy a free meal? Or a pitcher of beer? Many of the larger traveller-filled towns constantly have free drink and food offers available in the bars and hostels, as they make their money back from customers drinking in their bar after eating. These can generally be found in backpacker haunts such as Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne and Surfers Paradise. Take advantage by picking up vouchers and leaflets from internet cafés and tour booking offices.

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Deal Expert, London
Friday, 27 August 2010
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