Your next Aussie adventure doesn’t have to cost a mint. From affordable accommodation to easy-on-the-pocket activities, AT shows you where to find great holiday bargains.
Quentin Long's insider hints on how to beat the booking engines and squeeze the best deal from your travel agent, hotel and airline directly next time you book your holiday. Travel agents are your friends (and vice versa) Travel agents can mark-up the itinerary price so you can negotiate their commission ("how about we half the commission and I’ll give you something in return" - such as referring friends to them)? Make friends with a travel agents and they might just call you next time they have some industry specials to offer. The airfare price match reminder Jetstar guarantees to price-match...
For those who think they've left it too late to score a value-packed Easter break for the family, Quentin Long comes to your rescue. Going Big in Melbourne The Melbourne Big4 Holiday Park, just 9km from the CBD, has villas, cabins and camping spots still available - $195 for a cabin (sleeps 5) over Easter or $1260 for the seven nights. Features: newly renovated (heated) pool area, playground, arcade games, and in-house movies. What to do Five minutes’ drive: Take in Pentridge Prison Ghost Tours, Coburg Reserve, which is fantastic for a stroll , or follow the entire Merri Creek...
Having been voted a finalist for the past two years, we’re so glad to see this underrated gem finally take out the title. With over 50 hotels and resorts across the country, there was an even smattering of votes for the various properties, a testament to the Mantra stamp of consistent quality. And with a distinctly four-star feel, the brand has proven that affordability needn’t mean compromising on style and functionality. “It’s luxury on a budget,” as one reader put it, with “amazing facilities” and “best value for money” to boot. Nice. Finalists First-time finalist Mercure is this year’s runner-up for...
A low-cost hotel chain that is due to open its first property in Melbourne later this year is seriously considering expanding in Australia, with an initial focus on Sydney. Tune Hotels, with links to AirAsia (and AirAsia X), has released a $49 promotional rate for its property in Carlton, Melbourne, due to be opened in November this year. The hotel will serve as the company’s operational headquarters for the Australian and New Zealand. “The next city in Australia that we are in seriously involved in is Sydney,” said a Tune spokeswoman. “We are also exploring opportunities in other key Australian...
Where else in the world can you feast on feral animals, fossick for opals and see horse, camel and yabby races, all on the one road trip? Now is an especially exciting time to venture into The Outback, with recent rainfall transforming the usually arid landscape into grassy plains, teeming with wildlife. And you don’t have to save up for a lifetime to do the trip of a lifteime, writes Alissa Jenkins How to get there on the cheap Self-drive Driving yourself through The Outback not only gives you more freedom and flexibility to explore at your own pace, but...
These affordable beach breaks promise a wonderful summer holiday for the budget-conscious traveller... Words by Alissa Jenkins How can you not have a great summer at these affordable beach breaks! New South Wales Eagle Heights of Eden, Eden Whale Beach Bed & Brekafast, Sydney Soldiers Point Holiday Park, Port Stephens Pebbly Beach Campground, Murramarang National Park The Arts Factory Lodge, Byron Bay Victoria Adobe Mudbrick Flats, Mallacoota Whaleview B&B, Warrnambool Big 4 Phililip Island Caravan Park, Phillip Island Corringle Slips Camping Area, East Gippsland Eco Beach YHA, Apollo Bay Queensland Amaroo, Trinity Beach Sea Change Bed & Breakfast, Newell Beach...
Many Outback destinations tend to be on the expensive side due to their remoteness and isolation. And the travel itself doesn’t come cheap – fuel alone can send you to the cleaners. The most common way to save money on the trip is to stay in caravan parks or camp (see below). But if you’re after a little more comfort without falling into debt, then here are our Top 10 picks for relatively affordable Outback breaks. 1. McAlpine House, Broome, WA Part of the Pinctada group, this eight-bedroom house in Broome is a converted master pearler’s house and takes you back to the original...
If you want to get out of town over the Christmas and New Year period, you’ve left your run a bit late. But believe it or not, there are still bookings to be made and bargains to be had. We put in the hard yards tracking down last-minute deals – so you don’t have to. Here are our picks... Victoria Ballarat Beechworth Grampians Lorne Melbourne Mildura Port Fairy Sorrento Australian Capital Territory Canberra New South Wales Armidale Batemans Bay Bermagui Bundeena Collaroy Gerroa Hawkesbury River Jindabyne Kangaroo Valley Lennox Head Merimbula Sydney's Eastern Suburbs Tea Gardens Thirroul Yamba Queensland Brisbane...
Our huge spring Issue - 118 Affordable Summer Holidays You Can Book Now is on sale this week. It was such a massive issue not everything could make it. Here are six more Affordable Summer Holidays You Can Book Now , four on the Gold Coast and two in Bathurst. If you like these six, make sure you get your copy from your local newsagent or Woolworth store. Alternatively if you subscribe before Thursday we will include you in our subscriber mailing meaning you get it before everyone else and can beat everyone to Australia's most affordable summer holidays. Broadbeach Why do...
It’s the Holy Grail of Holidaying: finding time for a couple of quick but great nights away, with money left over for food and a few fun things to do. Brisbane A fully self-contained, chic, one-bedroom apartment at The Miro is an affordable $155 per night. Even more amazing, it’s in Fortitude Valley. A cool, inexpensive breakfast at Buzz Bistro, a Parisian-style café right around the corner, is a great way to start the day. For a bit of history (yes, Brisbane does have some), get to St John’s Cathedral on Ann Street. Amazingly, it’s under construction and will be...
Champagne Life, Beer Budget Tiana Templeman shows Australian Traveller readers the secret to five star travel at three star prices. In 2003, Tiana Templeman and her husband Trevor won a prize that took them as guests to 13 of the world’s richest and most extravagant hotels. As penniless backpackers trying to blend in with the super-rich, the couple quickly learned how to live the champagne lifestyle on a beer budget. A former secretary of the year and now author of the successful book Absolutely Faking It, Brisbane-born Tiana has attracted the gaze of Hollywood producers looking to adapt her tale...
Australian Traveller Magazine's comprehensive insiders' guide to squeezing the most out of your holiday dollars. It’s a new era in travel. Nobody wants to come out and say the “R” word, but there’s no question the economic downturn has seen a nationwide tightening of belts. But when it comes to your health and wellbeing, nothing hurts more than not taking that well-earned holiday. It’s okay. You can still travel. You can still see the sights and soak up the sun. You just need to change the way you do it. So AT has put together a comprehensive insiders’ guide to...
Peter Robinson tramped our capital city streets in search of seriously cheap entertainment. While he didn’t sleep under railway bridges or jeopardise any moral codes, he found sightseeing on the cheap is not only viable but also strangely satisfying. The results are in. Here’s proof that some of the best sights and things to do in Australia’s capital cities are free – or if not free, at least within the budget of travellers once attracted to four cents a litre off petrol, frequent flyer points and no-deposit mortgages. Many of these places to see and things to do are my...
When it comes to getting good deals, backpackers rule. But how do they do it? Tiana Templeman has hung out with backpackers from around the world to uncover their best budget travel tips for your next Australian holiday. While some hard-partying backpackers insist that sleep is overrated, they all agree that somewhere to lay your head is the biggest drain on a holiday budget. Ergo, combining what you drive with where you sleep is an instant money saver. But for those not game to tour around looking “wicked”, companies such as Britz hire less conspicuous campervans from around $60 a...
Just having kids can be a drain on expenses, let alone taking them on holidays. But there are ways to tighten belts without sacrificing everyone’s enjoyment (and your sanity). Tiana Templeman shows us how. Things that could save money on your next family holiday: (a) Leaving the kids at home; (b) Cutting fuel costs by camping in the backyard; (c) A road trip that includes bunking down in the car; (d) Reading this article; (e) All of the above. Technically, the right answer is (e). But the fact that you’ve read this far means you’ve chosen the best answer –...
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