We recently published an article about destinations you can go for $2000 or less. This one’s for those of us who’ve got a little less cash to play with. Sus these Aussie adventures:
Whether you’re into arts, music, food, sport, partying or all of the above, Melbourne has it all. You can grab a coffee on Chapel Street, go see some live music and street art in Fitzroy and get your footy fix at MCG – all in one day. Melbourne is also a city that knows how to party (take notes Sydney) with venues that literally stay open from Saturday afternoon until Monday morning (Revolver Upstairs is the infamous favourite).
Promotional flights go from as low as $40 from Sydney, and only slightly more from other major cities (booking ahead helps). Then you’re looking at about $30 a night for a hostel, where you can cook your own food for cheap and meet other travellers to explore the city with.
Up or Down The Coast
Depending on where you live, there’s probably a sunny surf town or a riverside camping spot within striking distance of your local hood. Sydney has the Royal National Park, Brisbane has Byron Bay, Melbourne has the Great Ocean Road and Perth has Margaret River. These are just a few of the awesome destinations within striking distance of major cities but there are hundreds of these idyllic landscapes all around the country. You just need a van or a car, a couple of mates and maybe a tent.
If you don’t have a vehicle, you can check out Hippie Campers or Wicked Rentals and rent a cheap car or a van from $25 – $30 a day. Add the costs of petrol, some national park fees, a bit of food and maybe a few cheeky beers and you’ve got yourself a holiday under $1000 and the perfect road trip.
Irrefutably the spiritual heart of this Great Southern Land, Uluru is just one of those places that you have to see. It’s actually surprising how many proud Aussies have been backpacking in Europe but still haven’t managed to get out to the desert and sink their toes into the red dirt of the outback. Uluru is 450 kilometres from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and it’s a sacred site for the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people. Don’t climb it — the custodians of the land really don’t appreciate that — but go out and enjoy its beauty, preferably for sunrise or sunset.
As far as $1000 trips go, this one will push your budget to its limits, depending on where you live. You’ll want to get your hands on a vehicle, a tent and a few mates to split the costs. Fuel gets expensive out in the desert, so finding a car with decent mileage will help save you some much-needed coin. And try to stock up on groceries and essential supplies before you get too far off the beaten track. It’s a long drive into the deep expanse of the desert, but it will be worth it.
Tassie may be one of the most underrated places in the world. Sure, everyone knows it’s the home of pristine old-growth rainforests, fresh oysters and sparkling apple cider, but Hobart is also becoming a hub for arts and culture. MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art) is the largest privately funded art gallery in Australia and it’s a mind-blowingly weird, slightly creepy and super interesting experience. The gallery hosts two festivals a year — MOFO and Dark MOFO — which are definitely worth checking out, plus there’s the Falls Festival that runs annually over new years eve. There’s a lot happening in Tassie these days, especially during summer. No longer just a destination famed for its landscapes, Tassie is chockas with culture.
Flights are generally pretty cheap, depending on where you are, hostels are $30 to $35 per night and food and drink are similarly priced to the rest of the country.
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