Australia

So you’ve listened to my podcast episode about Nhill or read multiple blog posts and now you want to explore Australia! Here’s everything you’ll need to book your dream vacation.

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If you wish to purchase a pre-planned Australia itinerary, (which includes flights, hotels and day tour booking links as well as ‘how to get there’) you can find that here.

Why book via my website?
As an independent creative, it’s incredibly challenging to make a living from selling books or my services as a photographer alone, competing against giant corporate conglomerates. However, sharing my wealth of knowledge from years spent travelling, and working in the travel industry provides useful knowledge to you (at no cost) to help make independent travel, easier. The thing is though, it costs real money to keep this website going.

I know you have an array of websites to choose from when it comes to booking your travel arrangements, however Booking your flights, hotels, attractions, day tours, car hire, rail passes, buying guide books, SIM cards and any other travel products you encounter, via links provided on my website, (including this page) costs you nothing extra (in many cases they are discounted from what you could find elsewhere), but it helps keep my website going. Booking via links on my website takes a small commission from large corporations who then give it to me because you clicked on links via my website, thus supporting an independent creative at no cost to you.

As an ex-travel agent, I’m fully aware of what potential online scams are out there, and will only include links I use myself (or plan to).

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Flights

Easily search, compare and book flights from your city to Sydney (SYD) or Brisbane (BNE), Melbourne (MEL) or Perth (PER) in Australia. You can even search multi-sector itineraries if you wish to include domestic flights. Results compare multiple online travel agents and airlines so you can ensure you’re getting the best possible price. But if you want to fill your screen with pop-ups and compare the comparison against sites like Skyscanner, Kayak, Cheapflights and Expedia, you can do that in one search here. I recommend reading this article about online travel agents and things to be aware of when booking online.

Looking for domestic flights but not sure of the airport?
Click on the interactive map.



Accommodation

Here’s some selected reasonably priced popular hotels in Sydney, click on any to search for your preferred dates and or city. You can also search and compare all hotels using my site’s accommodation comparison tool here.

This tool compares all the major distributors including Trivago, Booking.com, Agoda, Expedia, Roomer, Zenhotels and more so you can rest easy knowing you’ve booked the best possible price. Don’t believe me? Then search on Booking.com, Agoda or Hotels.com and let me know if you find better! But just like Skyscanner and Google flights receive information from the same source (it’s how they display it that can vary), the accommodation websites operate in much the same way.

If you prefer holiday houses, like Airbnb you can book those here.


Transport

Australia is big. A lot of travellers don’t realise how far away things are. Generally flying is the most popular method of transport which is cheap and efficient. However travellers with time may prefer to catch a train or bus. You can easily book rail travel or public buses using the search tool below:

Australian Bus and Rail Travel

Australian Rental Cars

An Aussie road trip is the quintessential way to explore Australia. Get off the beaten track, stay in small ‘one pub’ towns and don’t be surprised to see kangaroos hopping down the Main Street in places like Hills End (NSW).

Compare: Rentalcars.com, Discover Rental Cars and Economy Bookings to ensure you book the best rate possible. Make sure your rental includes unlimited mileage, insurance and roadside assistance.

Australian Motorcycle and Scooter Rentals

With remote windy roads through wildness, Australia was made for biking. Wether you prefer to explore a city by bicycle or take a road trip on your own Harley, you can rent any sort of bike to make your dream vacation, memorable.

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Australian Private Transfers

You can pre-book private or shared transfers including small cars or vans to pick you up from any Australian airport or port (if arriving by cruise). Just type in the from and to locations and compare various vehicle sizes.

If you prefer to book a shared transfer in Sydney, click here.
To book a shared transfer in Melbourne, click here or Brisbane, click here. For transfers in every other Australian city, click here.


Attractions and Day Tours

If you prefer to have everything pre-arranged, making it easier to budget, you can pre-book most Australian attractions before you arrive. The main benefit of this is you can lock in exchange rates, skip-the-queues and have less things to pay for whilst you’re on holiday, so it seems like you’re getting something for free, once you’re here.

If you’re visiting Sydney, consider the Go City Sydney Card.
Save up to 45% off the gate-price of popular attractions. Choose from 3-7 attractions (or build your own pass) and have 30 days to use it from first activation.

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Sometimes getting to an attraction is just easier using a day tour. There’s plenty of cheap and easy options in Australia including city tours, cruises and animal experiences. Below is a list of popular attractions and day tours.

Click on a price for more information about each tour and to book, or click on a location name to view all available attractions and day tours for that city.

LocationAttractionPrice
SydneySydney Tower Eyefr AUD $26.10 →
SydneySydney Opera House Tourfr AUD $42.00 →
SydneySydney Harbour Bridge Climbfr AUD $172.00 →
SydneyBlue Mountains Day Tourfr AUD $155 →
SydneyLearn to Surf at Bondi Beachfr AUD $99 →
SydneyTrue Crime Tourfr AUD $34 →
Sydney Sydney Museums Passfr AUD $35 →
Hunter ValleyHunter Valley Wine Tourfr AUD $149
MelbournePentridge Prison Ghost Tourfr AUD $48 →
MelbourneGreat Ocean Road Sunset Tourfr AUD $125 →
MelbournePhillip Island Penguin/Koala/Kangaroo Tourfr AUD $165 →
MelbourneWilson’s Promontory Cruisefr AUD $135 →
MelbourneGangster’s, Brothels & Lolly Shops Tourfr AUD $35 →
BrisbaneRiver Cruise with Morning Teafr AUD $29 →
BrisbaneDolphin & Snorkel Adventure Cruisefr AUD $159 →
BrisbaneAustralia Zoo Day Tour inc Entryfr AUD $125 →
Gold CoastMovie World, Sea World, Wet n Wildfr AUD $139 →
PerthRottnest Island Ferry and Bike Combofr AUD $88 →
Adelaide5 Nt Camping Tour inc Ulurufr AUD $895 →
DarwinCrocosaurus Covefr AUD $36 →
HobartPort Arthur Tripfr AUD $60 →

Concert and Events

Attending a concert or special event is often the last thing you’ll think about when you book your vacation, and in many cases, you don’t realise till you arrive and see posters everywhere, by which time it’s usually sold out; but what if you knew who was performing before you book your trip, would that change your plans? Click on any of the events below to secure your tickets or click here to search all available concerts, theatre tickets and sporting events in Australia.


Guidebooks

Call me old fashioned but I still like having guidebooks when I travel and there’s still a use for them, as you can easily plan your trip on a long flight, a train, or without worrying about finding wifi. Plus you can make your own notes for future trips. I’ve always used Lonely Planet Guidebooks, because they’re aimed at the independent traveller with useful and relevant information. All purchases include free worldwide delivery.

>> Lonely Planet: Australia
>> Lonely Planet: East Coast Australia
>> Lonely Planet: West Coast Australia
>> Lonely Planet: Outback Australia
>> Lonely Planet: South Australia and Northern Territory
>> Lonely Planet: Australia Touring Map

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Global SIM cards

Avoid excessive roaming charges by purchasing a pre-paid global SIM card. Know upfront what your costs will be, and you won’t face any ridiculous bills back home, because you only spend what you want to with a pre-paid SIM card. With the accompanying app, you can check your balance at any time. Plus if you’re travelling to multiple countries, there’s no need to buy a different SIM card for each country as a global SIM card works almost everywhere. Your friends and family can know your phone number before you leave, calling you at anytime, at no additional cost to you. To check the call, sms and data rates, click here.


Useful Links

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Thanks for reading!
Happy travels
cheers,
Jade Jackson – Listen to my podcast Jade Talks Travel
Travel Writer | Podcaster | Photographer