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Australia geared to backpackers and budget travel

With good networks for roads, public transport and accommodation from five-star hotels or the million stars of camping, Australia is geared to budget travel and backpackers.
25 November 2009
There aren’t many places in the world where you can lay your swag (Australian for bedroll) or pitch your tent under a gum tree or at the edge of a sandy beach and sleep beneath the stars, sometimes even for free.

Before you get to Australia you’ll need to apply for a visa, but these are easy to apply for online. Depending on where you’re from and what you want to do on your holiday, you could be eligible for an ETA visa, which allows you to stay in Australia for tourism purposes for up to three months.

If you would like to work for some extra cash while travelling, and you are aged between 18 and 30, it’s well worth it to have an Australian Working Holiday Visa that allows holders to work and travel Australia over a 12 month period.

Budget travelling is easy in hostels, which is also the easiest way to get into the travellers’ network and get tips from other travellers, and there are also motels and country pubs or as camping and caravan parks right around the coast, with most of the latter located right on the beachfront.

It is also possible to camp free in many places, although check the signs or local laws and be sure to leave the area just as you found it.

Travelling in Australia is safe by world standards, but still take the usual precautions with your personal possessions and safety and enjoy your trip!