Road Trip on the Cheap in Australia – Part 1

Published: 01/15/2013

Australia is a vast country, and to really get to know this part of the world you need to be prepared to travel. One of the best ways to do this is to go on a road trip. We would suggest that you rent something like a campervan, and that way you will get to enjoy ultimate freedom. You will then be able to travel the beaches and wild outback of Australia at your own pace.

Tips for a Cheap Australia Road Trip

The idea of an Australian road trip will not be a hard sell to most of us, but there are still some concerns about how we can do this on the cheap. Here are a few tips so you will be able to do just that:

  • If there are a few of you, it may work out cheaper to buy your own second-hand campervan – particularly if you plan to be travelling for months. You will need to make sure that any second-hand purchase is road worthy because the last thing you want is for your campervan to break down in the middle of nowhere. In order to decide if buying is going to work out cheaper than renting, we would advise that you do a cost analysis where you compare the cost of buying against the cost of renting for the time you intend to be travelling.
  • The cheapest way to explore any country is on foot, and we recommend that you do plenty of walking. This will not only save you on petrol money, but it will also give you the opportunity to stay healthy and see another side of Australia. Travelling inside a car or campervan all the time can become a bit monotonous, so do make a point to go walking regular. It is also important to keep in mind that some parts of Australia are only really accessible by foot.
  • Keep an eye on the cost of fuel for your motor so that you always know when you are getting the best deals.
  • If you have room in your car or campervan, you might want to consider providing lifts to other travellers from one area to another. Of course, it goes without saying that you will need to be choosy about your travel partners, but this can be a great way to save money.
  • If you have plenty of time for your road trip, there will be no need for you to rush from place to place. Going at a slower pace not only means that you get to know each area a bit better, but it can also save you money.
  • Keep an eye on the amount you are spending. We would suggest that you religiously note down all your expenditure in a notebook. You can also find apps that do this type of thing on a smart phone. For some reason the mere act of recording our expenditure can make us behave more sensibly.
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