Let us get one thing straight right away here – Australia is a big place. Hunting blindly for “cheap hotels in Australia” might seem like a good way to go about planning a vacation, but one look at an atlas will tell you that you really need to narrow down your choices a bit before you proceed. The truth of the matter is that most people visiting Australia concentrate on either Sydney or Melbourne (or both), but there is a whole lot of land to cover in Australia if you want to get a bit further afield.
Depending on where you end up deciding to stay, finding a cheap hotel in Australia could be as easy as walking into the first hotel you see – or as difficult as needing to plan and book far in advance. As you might imagine, the popular tourist cities of Sydney and Melbourne (as well as the beautiful beach destinations along the Gold Coast) tend to be the ones where it is harder to find budget hotels without at least a little bit of advance planning.
Despite the higher concentration of tourists and tourist sights in a city like Sydney, for example, it is possible to find a place to stay on a budget. There are lots of hotels in Australia’s major cities, and there are always neighborhoods in which you will find more budget hotels. Of course, these neighborhoods are not likely to be right in the city centers and probably will not necessarily be the nicest parts of town, but they are usually still safe places to stay – and besides, you are not going on vacation to Australia to stay in your hotel room anyway!
One important thing to keep in mind when looking at the more budget neighborhoods of Australia’s cities is that because they tend to be further away from the city center, you may have to factor in transportation costs when you are figuring out just how much money you are really saving. Unless you find an unexpected good deal right near all the things you want to see and do, chances are you will need to be getting to know that city’s public transit system and using it regularly. This will not cost you an arm and a leg, but it is something to be aware of when you are doing the math on that cheap hotel you found.
Check out our cheap hotels in Sydney for more information about sleeping cheap in this dynamic city.