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Money and costs

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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Hostel dorm bed: $40
  • Double room in a basic motel: $100–150
  • Simple main meal: $15–20
  • Short bus or tram ride: $5
  • Double room in a B&B or hotel: $150–250
  • Brunch in a good cafe: $25–40
  • Small gig or show: $30
  • Short taxi ride: $25
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from $250
  • Three-course meal in an upmarket restaurant: $125 per person
  • Theatre or festival tickets: from $100 per person
  • Domestic flight between two main cities: from $100


All visitors to Australia need a visa, except New Zealanders. There are several different visas available from short-stay visitor visas to working-holiday visas.

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Getting to Australia

Most travellers arrive on a long-haul flight. Pick your arrival city wisely. Sydney might be the obvious choice, but flights into smaller cities can make for a quicker trip through customs, and a happier transition to your accommodation. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Australia

Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world: how you get from A to B requires some thought. If you're short on time, consider internal flights − they're affordable (compared with petrol and car-hire costs), can usually be carbon offset, and will save you some long travel days.

Van or car Travel at your own pace, explore remote areas and visit regions with no public transport.

Plane Fast track your holiday with affordable, frequent, fast flights between major centres.

Bus Reliable, frequent long-haul services around the country. Not always cheaper than flying but you'll get a better sense of scale.

Train Slow and not inexpensive, but the scenery is great! Australia has some bucket-list rail journeys so plan ahead.

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