bukamata – Moving to Australia can be an option to fill your vacation time or take a break from work. Unfortunately, for some people, a vacation to Australia is still considered expensive, especially when compared to other overseas destinations not far from Indonesia, such as many countries in Southeast Asia.
Some people even choose to go to Japan or South Korea because the cost of travel is not much different.
Although we need to apply for a visa when we visit Australia, apparently a tourist visa for Indonesia is valid for multiple entry, aka multiple visits.
So, if you want to return to Australia in one to three years, you don’t need to care.
“Especially for Indonesian visitors, visas can be valid for one to three years, multiple entry. So you can (come) more than once and it is Indonesia only, as of 2015,” Country Manager Indonesia, Tourism Australia, Agitya Noorani said. Reported by bukamata from compass.com, Sunday (28/8/2022).
Here are several budget-friendly vacation tips for Australia for those of you planning to spend your vacation time in Kangaroo Country.
One of them, it is important to plan the trip ahead of time to reduce the expenses.
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1. Book longer flights
Booking flights in advance is one of the tips for cheap vacation to Australia and other destinations.
Agitya recommends booking tickets to Australia six months before departure time. Because, the greater the distance between booking and flights, there are still more affordable class seats available.
“Because since the pandemic, airlines have not recovered 100 per cent, so they have to book in advance. In fact, sometimes there are no expensive seats,” Agitya said.
Another option is to look for promo tickets at travel fairs, where airlines, accommodations or travel agents offer lower prices.
You can also choose Low Cost Carrier (LCC) flights to make the cost of flights more affordable.
2. Choose a city with free public transport
Choose cities that have free public transportation to explore the city. Agitya gave the example of Melbourne and Perth. That way, we can move around without worrying about additional costs for transportation.
We may divert transportation costs for other purposes, for example tasting local cuisine or shopping.
In addition, alternative destinations in Australia such as Yamba in New South Wales, Port Elliot in South Australia and Dunsborough in Western Australia.
However, talking about destinations, of course, comes back to tourist destinations of all.
3. Choose Housing Carefully
Avoid staying in the city center, advises Agitya. We can choose to stay in an inn on the outskirts of the city, but that is affordable by public transport.
“Can be chosen which is not city center really, but a little out city center even then reachable with public transport,” they said.
4. Avoid Peak Season
avoid peak season Or one of the general tips for saving money during the peak holiday season holidays.
However, when peak season For a vacation to Australia?
Aside from the year-end holidays, it turns out that May to July is the best time to visit Australia if you want to save money.
The reason is, these months include low season In Australia, so we can find relatively cheap housing prices there.
Same is the case during Eid holidays. Eid holidays that fall on different dates each year can also be used for budget holidays in Australia.
5. Eat Together
Vacationing in Australia with family or relatives can be the perfect way to save money, especially when it comes to food.
Because, the cost of eating one serving in Australia is very expensive. However, the food portions there are actually quite large.
For some Indonesians, portions of the meal can be enjoyed together so that spending is more efficient.
“The food is really high (price) in Australia, but the portion is big so you can share it,” Agitya said.
As an example, the cost of eating in a restaurant is around 12 Australian dollars to 25 Australian dollars, or about 120,000 to 250,000 IDR.
6. Take Advantage of Free WiFi
Simple, but very economical. Make sure you take advantage of the free WiFi facility to access the Internet.
You can take advantage of airport WiFi or other public places, restaurants or cafes and hotels.
7. Buy Souvenirs from the Market
Buying souvenirs in the souvenir center of the city or airport is certainly not the best option. As an alternative, you can go to the local market to buy Australian souvenirs.
Some of the popular places to buy cheap souvenirs are Fremantle Market, Queen Victoria Market, Adelaide Central Market and others.
8. Bring a Drinking Water Bottle
The cost of bottled water in Australia is quite expensive. A bottle of 600ml drinking water can cost around 2–3 Australian dollars or Rp 20,000-Rp 30,000.
So, bring your own water bottle and fill it with available tap water.