Although the country attracts huge numbers of young travellers every year, it's not the cheapest destination. If you don't mind roughing it a bit with your accommodation, you can save money, but if you want a bit more comfort or something high-end, you'll find the prices start to rocket.
It's above all because the country is so far away, in the Antipodes, on the other side of the world, that a trip to Australia can soon become very expensive. However, the destination is so popular with tourists that Australia has adapted its infrastructures to welcome as many visitors as possible, whatever the size of their budget.
So, to begin with the range of accommodation is incredibly wide. If you're really hard-up, you'll find plenty of campsites, youth hostels and backpackers' hotels. If you're after a little more comfort, and privacy in particular, there are also all kinds of hotels from mid-range to the most luxurious of establishments.
The same goes for eating. To save the most money on this item of expenditure, you'd better do your own shopping and cook your own food. With regard to restaurants, the range and prices are about the same as at home.
When it comes to transport, you may end up shelling out a tidy sum, because the distances are so huge. It's all relative, because when you look at the cost per mile, you'll see that travelling around in Australia is actually quite cheap.
To pitch your tent or set up your camper van on a campsite, you're looking at between 14 and 28 AUD (£6.50 and £13). A bed in a dormitory in a youth hostel costs between 17 and 28 AUD (£8 and £13) and a room costs between 35 and 55 AUD (£16.50 and £19) per night. For greater comfort, a double room in a mid-range hotel costs between 76 and 125 AUD (£35.50 and £58). The smarter the hotel, the more you pay.
if you're self-catering, the cost of food in the supermarkets is about the same as at home. If you're eating in a restaurant, allow about 35 AUD (£16.50). Obviously the prices are higher in Sydney where you can eat in the city's best restaurants for about 97 AUD (£45).
Lastly, getting back to transport, a plane ticket to Sydney costs between 1,245 and 2,075 AUD (£580 and £700). it all depends on the airline, the date of departure and the date when you buy the ticket. The advantage of internal flights is that they save you precious time. Compare the prices between the various low-cost airlines. You'll find flights from 83 to 138 AUD (£39 to £65) depending on the journey. Slightly less costly are the buses, which are very comfortable, but the journeys are very long. Go by air if you can.