Budget travel in Australia

One of the main reasons I went to Australia is because I wanted to travel without spending a lot. Staying with my sisters took a huge chunk of accommodation and meal expenses. I certainly wouldn’t be able to afford to stay in Melbourne for more than two months if I was traveling on my own.

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Finding cheap eats in Australia, while not impossible, means doing your research well ahead in time or having a great luck in stumbling upon such places. A sure fire way to ensure you get good, cheap food though, is to hit the supermarkets.

My sisters and I are traveling in Hobart, Tasmania at the moment, and we’re staying at a serviced apartment. What’s great about this place is that not only is it centrally located, it also has a kitchenette so we can cook most of our meals.

We ate at a casual dining restaurant when we arrived yesterday, and the bill came out to $66. We hit the supermarket for supplies, and was able to prepare breakfast, lunch and two dinners for about $100. Our meals include roast chicken, bacon, eggs, pasta salad, lamb steak, mee goreng (albeit the instant kind), desserts (cups of tiramisu, mud pie, lemon cheesecake, creme caramel), fruits, a bottle of Moscato wine, and of course, the Asian staple, rice.

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Don’t know how to cook or don’t have a kitchen? Not a problem, since ready to eat meals are available in the deli section of the market. You have a choice of salads, pies, roast chicken, and sushi rolls. It’s also best to buy your drinks at the supermarket as well, since a $0.79 bottle of water there sells for $2 in the shops.

Of course, treat yourself sometimes and eat out to try the local specialities. Cooking just gives you the option to make your money take you farther and experience more.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 8 Comments
  1. Great to see a post about budget travel in australia. I am also forward for a trip late this year so I am really really really looking forward to read more blogs tips ing to the land down under. I hope to read of your future posts soon.

  2. shnshn says:

    hello gals,,,mga ka sisterretes,,, cain I know the requirements to have SPOUSE VISA,,, ..Ta mate

  3. shnshn says:

    I try to get back all of the blogs forum to have spouse ,,but cant see it,,,i think pinky know,,, please rose and mojs also beauty rose help,me have requirements to apply spousal.ta mate

  4. how’d you find hobart? beautiful isn’t it? try to visit bruny island on your next visit, or if you’re back in Melbourne, I’m happy to meet up with you!

    • Nina says:

      I love Hobart! I would like to go back and explore more of Tasmania! I’m not sure when I’ll go back to Australia, but I would love to meet you in Melbourne!

      • let me know, I’ll show you around Mornington peninsula or i’ll take you to my favorite chocolate an macaroon shop in Melbourne. If you ever go back to tassie, go with pennicot’s wilderness cruise. Hope to catch up with you in the near future! lovely blog you have

  5. camillelite says:

    Great tips for traveling to Australia.

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