Photo of Rae’s on Watego’s at Byron Bay

Rae’s on Watego’s at Byron Bay is one example of luxury accommodation in Australia - definitely not for the budget conscious traveller

There are many options for accommodation in Australia. Which option you choose will probably depend on your budget, and how long you intend to stay in Australia. While the price of accommodation in Australia can be different, depending on which part of Australia you stay, I hope to give you a general idea of what to expect.

Here are some of the main options for accommodation in Australia:

Share House

Share house is not a bad idea if you are staying in a place for a longer term. Share houses usually cost much less than other types of accommodation. The cost for a share house can be $70-$160 per week, per person depend where you like to stay. If you stay a long way from the city, it will usually cost less.

One advantage of staying in a share house is that you can meet many friends and be exposed to different languages. You can also save a lot of money, and learn to live by yourself. Many people learn to cook from staying in a share house.

To find a share house, look for advertisements in the local newspaper. And make sure you inspect the share house before making any agreement with the owner/landlord. Try to look at as many as you can before making a decision on where to stay.

Homestay

A homestay is a form of tourism and/or study abroad program that allows the visitor to rent a room from a local family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve their language ability.

Students generally arrange a homestay with their school or educational institution, but they can also find a home through their own friend network if they prefer. Homestays allow the host family to earn extra income.

Homestays can cost around $250-$300/week/person or more.

Rent a Unit or Apartment

This kind of accommodation is more suited for people who have a permanent job or a higher income than most students or backpackers.

The cost depends on location and how luxurious the apartment is. Starting price would be around $150/week/person for a one bedroom apartment. It’s not uncommon to pay over $1,000 per week for a two or three bedroom apartment with a view in a good location.

To rent a unit or apartment, you usually need to sign a long term contract for at least 6 months, so it’s only for those who want to base themselves in one location.

Getting this type of accommodation is quite difficult because you usually have to send an application to the landlord, then wait for as long as 1 or 2 weeks to see if your application has been approved. To make things even more difficult, you usually need to provide contact details for your past two or three landlords so that they can find out what sort of tenant you are.

Hotel Accommodation

With hotel accommodation, you can just book in where ever you feel like staying. There are many hotel options all over Australia and it’s a matter of choosing one that satisfies your preferences. Hotels in Australia can be quite expensive. They can be anywhere from $80 per night to $400 or more.

Caravan parks

A cheaper alternative to hotel accommodation is to stay at a caravan park. When we think of a caravan park, we often think of tents and caravans. But most caravan parks also offer cabins, so you don’t have to bring your own tent or caravan.

This style of accommodation is much cheaper than staying at a hotel, but you do need to accept the condition of the caravan park. You shouldn’t expect luxury while staying at a caravan park, but having said that, some caravan parks in Australia do offer hotel-style accommodation for quite a reasonable price. Also, some caravan parks provide heavy discounts for long term stays.

Caravan parks usually provide you with a shared kitchen and a shared bathroom and toilet. But if you pay extra for a fully self contained cabin, you’ll get your own kitchen and bathroom.