"Australia's vast lands provide so many
opportunities for accommodation and you don't require a lot of money to
take advantage of them. You could sleep on the friend of a
friend's disintegrating sofa or bunk down in the trunk of a 1983 Holden
Commodore. Don't miss out on Australia's wonderful camping
options, too. Camping out in the smelly toilet of a petrol
station usually costs nothing more than the price of a liter of
Doug Knell, Doug's Republic
The possibilities really are endless and only determined by the
amount Australian dollars you're packing.
There's always room to shove in one more
Are you a backpacker
interested in saving every last penny? Does
sleeping in a 25-bed dorm bed sound like a dream --
figuratively, of course. We know you won't be doing
any sleeping. Visit the
Backpacker Directory for a list of hostels and
Pub Rooms and Hotels
This was Doug's first arsenal for finding a good deal on a room.
These were common books placed into every Australian mailbox. Doug
got hold of one and scored deal after deal after deal. Only once
in all his use of the book did a price differ in reality from what was
listed, whereas this is the norm with Lonely Planet.
Go Stay has its entire directory online now.
This is your second tool. From Go Stay, you have an idea
what the cheapest room you can find is. The Go Stay rooms,
however, aren't necessary the best value rooms. Your next stop
should be to visit
Hotels Combined to see if you can line up something better.
They're a meta-search engine that utilizes the engines of 20 or so other
Your last stop on the accommodation search is
Agoda, which offers a best price guarantee. What that means is
that if you reserve a hotel room through Agoda and then show them that
you could have booked the same room for the same dates at a lower rate
that is viewable and bookable on another website within 24 hours of
booking your room with them, Agoda will either match that rate or beat
it. Hence, our reasons for using Go Stay, then Hotels Combined,
could be the best place in the world for camping.
Australians like to camp, and there are plenty of
well kept campgrounds all over the country, most
(but not all, by a longshot) at reasonable prices.
Tasmania, the Northern Territory, and the northern
parts of Western Australia are all wonderful places
to camp. You can even camp in the cities
if that's your cup of tea.
Lists camping and caravan parks and national parks
all over Australia and the amenities each provides.
Bills itself as Australia's largest caravanning (motorhome/trailer)
directory. Travelers with just a tent and a
backpack and car may not find all these listings
Oz Holiday Parks has a nice interface for searching
caravan and camping spots all over the country.
want a chance to work for your accommodation,
Australia can provide that. All you need to do
Wwoof. No, you don't have to bark like a dog,
just work like one. Wwoof stands for Worldwide
Opportunities On Organic Farms. By buying an
Australian Wwoof Directory (cost: AUD 60 for
one, AUD 70 for two), you become a member of the
organization. The book contains a list of all
the opportunities around the country. The jobs began
as work on organic farms. Now, they could also
involve any kind of environmentally-friendly ecowork.
Some jobs may border on babysitting someone's kids
or teaching classes. The basic deal is that
you work in exchange for your keep and get all meals
and accommodation thrown in.
You need to find Australian hotels, don't you, mate?
First, look in the Go Stay guide. Then, consult Hotels Combined. Last
investigate Agoda for the best price guarantee. A lot of travelers to
Oz prefer to go camping. In that case, you should look at Go See Australia
or visit Camping.com.au or consult Oz Holiday Parks. Wwoofing is
another opportunity. You can work for your accommodation.