This Summer - on a budget:  Travelers planning a trip to Australia will no doubt be aware of all the big attractions – climbing the Sydney ...

101 Travel Tips for Enjoying Australia on a Budget

This Summer - on a budget: Travelers planning a trip to Australia will no doubt be aware of all the big attractions – climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, surfing at Bondi Bea ch, driving the Great Ocean Road, having fun at the theme parks on the Gold Coast and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef.

Chances are you'll need to have a fat wallet to see and do all of these things. So, we've compiled 101 travel tips, hacks, and shortcuts to help you enjoy traveling around Australia - while not burning a hole in your pocket.

Things to see and do across Australia

Here are some of the lesser known things you can do around Australia for free or next to nothing, starting in Sydney and then going beyond:

1. Coastal Walks – You can do the beautiful walk between the famous Bondi around to Tamarama. On the walk along the coastline, you can check out the colorful Sculptures by the Sea (29 Oct - 15 Nov 09). On the northern side of the city, there's also the Manly to Spit walk.

2. Kuringai National Park - Depending of course where you're staying, and providing the weather is co-operative, any of the local parks dotted in and around the cities make for a lovely place to stop, watch the passing scenery and have a bite to eat.

3. Hyde Park – Free to walk around and catch the annual Noodle Markets and art lining the central walkway of the park during October.

4. Centennial Park – Free to walk around but only a small fee to yee-haw it on horseback!

5. Sydney's Botanical Gardens - Free to roam around and get a nice aspect of the harbor, opera house, and bridge all in the same photo. You'll experience the local fruit bats, ibis, and cockatoos near the CBD.

101 Travel Tips for Enjoying Australia on a Budget

6. Homebush - Home to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, this a great place to walk or cycle.

7. Circular Quay - A great place for sight-seeing and taking in some local culture.

8. Bondi Beach – In many respects, Bondi is the epicenter Australian lifestyle (the sun, sand, and surf). However, parking at Bondi is notorious, and the parking stingers will pounce on any offenders! Ideally, park your vehicle at King's Cross or Bondi Junction and catch the bus over for your day at the beach.

9. Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst – Free exhibition of "fringe" art and cheap drinks.

10. Free Pool Tables – Be on the lookout for some Sydney CBD bars and hotels offer free use of pool tables including the Roof Bar, every Tuesday until Saturday after 5 pm or the Golden Barley, 167 Edgeware Road, Enmore on Tuesdays after 7 pm. Also check out Nag's Head Hotel, 162 St Johns Road, Glebe for free pool tables all day Sunday.

11. Mardi Gras (Sydney) - fantastic colorful &  lively, it's a yearly spectacle that you can catch early March.

12. Luna Park (Sydney) – It's free to get into Luna Park, but if you want to experience one of the rides it'll cost around $10.

13. Combined Pass or Discovery Triple Pass – Save up to 20% off full price admission for the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower (including OzTrek) and the Sydney Wildlife World.

14. Sydney Opera House – The iconic landmark on Sydney's harbor. You're free to roam around outside but a 1 hour guided tour inside will set you back $35 for adults. Save up to $6 when you book it online.

15. Visit the set of Home & Away – That's right, drive up to Palm Beach on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, and you can wander around where the beach scenes of Home & Away are filmed. Time it right, and you can watch the show being filmed too!

16. Kincumber Mountain Reserve, Central Coast – Check out the historic Aboriginal carvings and axe-grinding grooves which can be seen at Kincumber Mountain Reserve amongst the 700 ha of undisturbed rainforests.

17. City Ghost Tours – At the Rocks (Sydney), Picton (Sydney's south), Quarantine Centre (Manly) and Melbourne, not to mention at places like Port Arthur in Tasmania

18. Queen Victoria Markets – Melbourne's Queen Victoria's market host an eclectic mix of food, art, clothing and home wares (to name but a few) worth a stroll-through.

19. Melbourne’s Free City Tram - Melbourne is home to the free city circle tram which you can hop on and hop off anywhere along the route.

20. Haigh's Chocolates, Adelaide – Situated in Adelaide, Haigh's offer a free 20-minute tour of their chocolate factory along with free samples afterward!

21. Hobart's Salamanca Markets - Not to be missed if you're in Tasmania.

22. Bus Depot Markets, Kingston, Canberra – Check out the excellent quality hand-made foods, crafts, and art

23. Floriade, Canberra - Held each September in Canberra it's a beautiful month floral display that you should check out if you're passing through. Entry during the day is free.

24. Koala Hospital, Port Macquarie – Port Macquarie is situated half way between Sydney and Brisbane on the NSW Mid North Coast. Get up close to injured koalas, and kangaroo's for free.

25. Byron Bay Lighthouse – Visit the most easterly point in all of Australia and practice your pointing pose. The lighthouse is free to look around as are the walks.

26. Minyon Waterfalls, Byron Bay – Surrounded by rainforest. Free entry to the national park with plenty of places to hike and picnic.

27. Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast - A lovely place to spend the day browsing, shopping and walking around in the open air.

28. Gold Coast Theme Parks - Various theme parks are located on the southern end of the Gold Coast – Dreamworld, Movieworld, Seaworld, Wet'n'Wild and White Water World. The parks are a real hit with little kids and big kids. Save money by purchasing a combined pass.

29. Frasier Island, Queensland – Visiting this world heritage listed tourist destination is a real must but expect to pay around AU$300 for an island tour.

30. Great Barrier Reef – There's no ultra-cheap way to see the Great Barrier Reef due to the sheer size of the beach and distance needing to be traveled. However, a couple of hundred dollars will take you on a fishing charter off the reef.

31. Federation Walkway – It won't cost you a cent to stroll along the 620m Federation Walkway. Open 9 to 5 every day, the path weaves through the gray gum canopy and affords you views of the Kings Park botanical gardens, Perth, Western Australia.

32. Bibbulmun Track, WA – This is only for hardcore trekkers! The long-distance walk trail is a world-class, 963-kilometre trek that stretches from Kalamunda to Albany.

33. Sunset at Cottesloe Beach, Perth – Think about this; most Aussies never get to watch the sun setting into the sea because most Aussies live on the eastern side of the country. Enjoy watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

Wine Regions

Australia is full of great wine regions, and while purchasing wines will obviously cost money, sampling them usually won't. Do it even cheaper and cycle around the vineyard to vineyard. We recommend you visit the following wine regions:

34. The Barossa (South Australia) – Settled 165 years ago by European immigrants, the Barossa is now home to a thriving wine community with world-renowned brands, boutique wine companies, and artisan winemakers.

35. Hunter Valley (NSW) – Just a few hours' drive north of Sydney you‟ll find the Hunter Valley famed for its wine, olives, and chocolates.

36. Mudgee (NSW) – Why not park up and cycle around the boutique vineyards for a scenic (and energetic) wine tasting tour.

37. Yarra Valley (Victoria) – A wine region akin to Bordeaux or Burgundy. Situated closest to Melbourne, this is where you can sample yet more great wines and port.

38. Margaret River (WA) – Three hours drive from Perth, you'll arrive at Margaret River, the enthusiastic wine region of the west coast. There are no less than 110 local wineries to visit.

Travel Tips for Cheap Food and Drink

Eating out at restaurants, pubs, and bars could quickly deplete the traveler's budget. Aside from preparing your own meals or eating bush tucker, here are a few ideas for finding cheap food and drink:

39. Free Water Refills - Refill a water bottle at a public bubbler (water fountain) instead of spending $2.50 per bottle of water. Beware; do not drink from any taps marked as 'bore water' as it‟s not safe for consumption.

40. Coffee Culture – Australians love coffee. The average price for a cup of coffee in Australia is AU$3.00

41. Shopping Malls - To get away with spending little you can hit the food courts in any of the shopping malls at around closing time and grab a dinner or three for a fraction of the cost.

42. Do Lunch – When you're on the road it's so tempting to eat out at restaurants every night. So, if you're set on eating out, why not go for lunch instead? Lunch menus are usually much cheaper than evening menus for dinner.

43. Shopper dockets - Take advantage of 'shopper dockets' and coupons, which see a meal and drink offer on the reverse of receipts issued with purchases.

44. Hostels – If you're ever staying in hostels watch out for cheap meals on offer. Or you can help with cooking meals for a significantly reduced price – or even free.

45. RSL’s – There's hardly a town or suburb in Australia without a local RSL club (known as the “carry”). You'll always find cheap and cheerful meals and cheap drinks in a truly local venue.

Money Saving Shopping Tips

Check out our money-saving tips for travelers seeking a bargain in Australia:

46. Shopping Malls – There is no shortage of shopping malls with free and plentiful parking for a certain amount of time (after which you'll have to pay). Many are located near train lines, and public transport is well-connected.

47. Cheap(er) Movie Tickets – What better to do on an overcast day than go to the cinema? It's also an excellent way to get out of the heat on a hot day. Enjoy the movie and the air-conditioned theater watching a decent film. And many of the big cinema chains offer cheaper tickets on 'cheap Tuesdays.'

48. Factory Outlets - DFO Outlets at Homebush (Sydney) and Essendon, South Wharf (Melbourne) allow you shop for best loved Aussie brands up to 60%.

49. Surf Shops - For the surfers amongst us, you can't go past the many 1,000's of surf shops (particularly on the Gold Coast) where you can purchase a board from the shapers that make them. The Gold Coast always has a glut of excellent, cheap 2nd hand boards for sale.

Tips for Free (or Cheap) Sporting Events

Australia excels at sport, and it would almost be a shame to visit Australia and not go to one sporting event. Check out some of the sporting highlights that are either completely free or cheap to attend:

50. Quiksilver Gold Coast Pro - Each year the surfing World Tour kicks off at Coolangatta, Queensland. Watch for free right on the beach as the top professional surfers battle it out in the waves for US$340,000 up prize money. (Date: End of Feb – Mid March)

51. Rip Curl Pro – Iconic Bells Beach, Torquay, Victoria hosts the second event on the surfing WCT. The contest has been running each year since 1973 and is about as core to surfing as you're likely to get. (Date: End of March – Mid April)

52. Manly Annual Surf Carnival – Manly is 7 miles away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney's CBD and each year the Surf Life Saving Club run the Surfing Festival runs over days in January. It's a lot of fun, and you might pick up some new skills.

53. Noosa Longboard Festival - Grab a spot on the beach or the Noosa headland and watch the surfers cruise on down the point. The festival runs from Nov.

54. Cricket – Go to a cricket game during the Australian summer. The average ticket price for a 20/20 cricket game at one of the 7 venues is around $30-$40. It's best to buy tickets online.

55. Rugby League – No helmets, no padding, real men. The season runs from March to October, and you can get a ticket usually for about $30 off.

56. AFL Aussie Rules – The hybrid Aussie sport has its main fan base in the states of Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. The season runs from March to August. Grab cheap tickets from $19 for a fun night at a game.

57. Rugby Union – Known as 'the game they play in heaven' rugby union is most popular in NSW. Get cheap tickets from $30 online.

58. Horse racing – On the first Tuesday in November, Melbourne is host to the Melbourne Cup. 'The Race that Stops a Nation.' And, if you're really into your horses you can go to the most famous racecourses. Keep your eye out for venues such pubs and hotels where you can watch the live action for free on big screens.

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