It’s holiday season baby! Which means you have next to no study to do and absolutely no money. Never fear!
It’s time to forget an overseas gap year that’s going to cost you an arm and a leg. Road-tripping is cheap compared to jumping on a flight. Day trips, weekends away or trekking your way around Australia can all be done on a relatively small budget. You get to set your own plans, so you can spend as much or as little as you want plus, you can drag along your mates and share the costs.
There’s plenty of places that you don’t need a plane ticket to visit, that will baaaaaarely break the bank, and here’s just some of them.
1. Byron Bay
The boho capital of Australia. A land of wide-brim hats and no shoes. Byron is one of the most eclectic spots in Australia, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations, for good reason. Byron has some really cool, picturesque beaches, plus a culture of only the ~chillest~ vibes. Put it onto your road trip list ASAP.
Australia’s hidden gem. Tucked away under Victoria, Tassie is home to some of Australia’s weirdest yet jaw-dropping scenery. It’s heralded as the place where everyone is “meaning to go to” but never actually gets around to it. Tasmania has Wineglass Bay and Cradle Mountain within its little island, as well as the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA) if you’re feeling a bit cultured.
Every Australian should visit the Red Centre at one point in their lives, if not for the cultural significance, then at least for all the gorgeous watering holes and camping spots that run aplenty here.
Pack your mates in a van and spend days exploring the long roads and mountain ranges that make up the Northern Territory, or embark on the legendary Larapina Trail. When you make it to Uluru, be sure to learn about what makes it so important and be amazed at the sheer scale of it all.
4. Blue Mountains
Just under three hours on train from Sydney, The Blue Mountains holds attractions such as The Three Sisters, Wentworth Falls and the Scenic Skyway.
Going to the Blue Mountains will turn you into the calmest version of yourself. You won’t be able to hear the hustle and bustle of the city, and you’ll be free the explore the pocketed oasis on your own terms.
There’s tonnes of trails to waterfalls for you and you can trek to the top of lookouts and look over valleys with your feet dangling off the edge. Make sure you visit gimmicky tourist sites and take the obligatory photos. Plus, the AirBnB’s in the Blue Mountains are siiiiiick. Want to sleep in a treehouse? Well now you can!
Known as ‘The New Byron’, Yamba is a backpacker’s hotspot, with cliff-jumping, gnarly surf breaks and an almost untouched beach town. Rent a house, go swimming everyday and sink a few beers in the arvo to feel like a true blue Aussie travella.
6. Kimberley Region
Probably one of the most beautiful places in Australia, the Kimberley Region holds incredible canyons, swimming holes and insane wildlife. Take a ride on the open country road and witness what Australia is all about. They also do helicopter rides over different gorge’s if you want to feel lavish.
7. Any Big City
Yes, it’s so much easier to travel interstate by plane, but if you’re money poor, a road trip to any of Australia diverse cities can honestly be even more fun than a random Jetstar flight.
Go find some culture in Melbourne. Be a grom in Brissy. See the Opera House in Sydney. Go to that one Australian city that you’ve always wanted to go to, why not? Everyone is so quick to book a plane ticket outta here, without having a look at all your options right here at home.