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Accommodation in Australia

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.

Cairns Australia and Things to Do

Cairns is a tropical city, located in Far North Queensland, Australia. The climate is tropical and it is usually very warm and humid throughout most of the year. Being a tourist city, Cairns has a lot of visitors. Many people want to stay longer, probably because it’s such a relaxing place and has every thing you need.

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the main attraction for many tourists around the world. Not just because it beautiful but also the largest barrier reef in the world as well. Actually, it’s also the world’s largest natural feature. It’s a paradise for diving and snorkeling. Some couples love it so much, they even choose to get married here – under the ocean!

Underwater weddings are legal in Australia. The wedding professional will provide information to the couple. It’s a great and wonderful thing to do.

Kuranda

The Kuranda Scenic Railway is another day trip tourists can take. The Kuranda Scenic Railway is an Historic train ride up to the town of Kuranda. Kuranda is a small town set amongst a beautiful rainforest. You can also drive to Kuranda. You can drive past the Baron waterfall and the rain forest tropical gardens. And visit Kuranda market, where the hippy artists hang out.

Another way to get to Kuranda is to take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. The Skyrail is an enclosed chairlift that takes you over the canopy of the most beautiful world heritage rainforest in Australia to Kuranda.

Cairns Tropical Zoo

Cairns tropical zoo is on the way to Palm Cove and Port Douglas. Have an amazing experience and enjoy the show of wildlife Australia animal. This place has a monster we call the saltwater crocodile. It’s a killer and can be very dangerous. They usually live around the river outlets or nearby.

Palm Cove

Take a day trip from Cairns to Palm Cove. This place is relaxing because it’s quite quiet with very long beach. There’s a lot of accommodation at Palm Cove. Sometimes I like to drive from Cairns to Palm Cove just for coffee, breakfast or lunch. Then lay down on the beach in the afternoon.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas is take about 2 hours drive from Cairns. Port Douglas is not just a beautiful town with luxury accommodation. You also get an awesome view on the drive from Cairns to Port Douglas. It makes me feel so good when I drive at the edge of the Australian map.

Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest

Cape Tribulation, also known as “Cape Trib” by the locals, is even further north than Port Douglas. It’s about 110km north of Cairns. Cape Tribulation has beautiful nature and sometimes tourists also can see crocodiles while crossing the river or while doing a boat trip. There is some accommodation around but sometimes you will need to book in advance.

Cairns Esplanade

Photo of sculpture on Cairns Esplanade

Photo of sculpture on Cairns Esplanade

Cairns Esplanade is the main waterfront area in Cairns. It stretches for several kilometres along the waterfront. It’s a place that anyone can enjoy – young or old. At the esplanade, you can have a barbecue at any of the free barbecue spots. You can go for a swim in the giant, man-made lagoon. There’s a walking track and a bike track that extends the full length of the esplanade (and longer). There’s a play ground for young children, a skate park for the teenagers, and a volleyball court for beach volleyball. There’s even a free outdoor gym

Photo of free outdoor gym on Cairns Esplanade

Photo of free outdoor gym on Cairns Esplanade

along the side on the Cairns Esplanade as well. There are many restaurants and resorts running along the opposite side of the road to the esplanade. This spot is a favourite on the weekends.

Cairns Casino

After partying or visiting one of the many bars in cairns, you may looking for some fun. The Cairns Casino is open very late, and is made for people who love to gamble, listen to music, play and eat.

Cairns Accommodation

Cairns is a popular place to visit, so there are many accommodation options available. Options include home stay, share house, backpacker to luxury hotel. What you choose will depend on your budget and how long you intend to stay in Cairns. There are accommodation options available for everyone.

Cairns International Students

Cairns has many international students. Many college and schools are available in Cairns for international students. It’s perfect because this place has a very good environment and is not as busy as the larger cities.

Living in Cairns

I’ve been living in Cairns since I arrived in Australia five years ago. I loved it then and I’m still in love with Cairns. But that doesn’t stop me going somewhere else for a holiday. Sometimes my holidays are within driving distance from Cairns, sometimes I have to fly. The Cairns International Airport is very handy in this regard.

Australia’s Best Beaches

I have to say, I love Australia. The natural environmental is great in Australia, and the oceans are no exception. Australia has the largest barrier reef in the world – the Great Barrier Reef – which is also the largest natural feature on Earth. And there are beaches all over the place in Australia. There are many top places to have a barbecue with friends and the family.

Sometimes I feel jealous of people who live in Australia. They are so lucky to be in such a beautiful part of the world.

Australia’s beaches are as beautiful as many of the best beaches around the world. Here are some of Australia’s best beaches.

Jervis Bay

Photo of Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay.

Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay has beautiful white sand and crystal clear water.

Jervis Bay is located about 2 hours drive, south of Sydney in NSW. The place is very quiet, but during holiday season it can become a little crowded, and you will need to book in advance. But it is still much quieter than Bondi Beach and Surfers Paradise.

Byron Bay

Photo of Byron Bay in Australia

View to Tallow Beach at Byron Bay. Photo taken from Lighthouse Road at Cape Byron.

I love the water at Byron Bay, it’s very clear and blue. I could even see my own legs while swimming in the ocean, even though the waves were quite rough. The white sand still keeps the water very clear.

Surfers paradise

Photo of Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers Paradise is the perfect place to relax by the beach.

Located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Surfers Paradise has developed into a big city with skyscrapers all along the coast. There is plenty of hotel accommodation all around the place.  The big beautiful long beach and the sun are the main tourist attractions. It’s the perfect place for you to sun bathe and relax on a beautiful day.

Bondi Beach

Photo of Bondi Beach in Australia

Bondi Beach is one of Australia

Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches. At Bondi, you can swim, surf, eat at a cafe or restaurant, or go for a walk along the beautiful coast.

Byron Bay, Australia

Photo of Byron Bay in Australia

View to Tallow Beach. Photo taken from Lighthouse Road at Cape Byron.

We visited Byron Bay straight after we came back from New Zealand. After arriving at Gold Coast airport early in the morning, we hired a car and drove straight to Byron Bay. We booked a cabin for one week at the caravan park at the main beach. We were very lucky to get this, as it was very busy and they only had one cabin left.

The town is very small. I’m very surprised that this place is packed full of tourists and many are from the city. There are many big mansions near the beach. And of course there are many restaurants, but the price for food is not cheap.

A couple of Thai restaurants in this town have good food and they always busy. My favourite one is up an arcade off the main road. First time we went there, we asked that our food is cooked very spicy. All the waitresses are very surprised and they kept watching us eat the spicy meal. It tasted so good. It was funny the next time we went back, when we were about to order, the waitress said “Let me guess… something spicy!”.

During the day time we kept active by walking along the beach and going for swims. I love the water at this place, it’s very clear and blue. I could even see my own legs while swimming in the ocean, even though the waves were quite rough. The white sand still keeps the water very clear.

This was the first time in Australia that I got stung by a jellyfish. But not everybody gets stung, and it depends on the season. Lucky it was just one jellyfish that stung me, otherwise is would be very painful. That’s another thing we need keep eye on while swimming.

Jervis Bay, Australia

Photo of Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay.

Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay has beautiful white sand and crystal clear water.

Jervis Bay is located about 2 hours drive, south of Sydney in NSW. The place is very quiet, but during holiday season it can become a little crowded, and you will need to book in advance. But it is still much quieter than Bondi Beach and Surfers Paradise.

We went to Jervis Bay during the long weekend for the Easter holiday. At this time of the year, it is quite cold and there was a little bit of rain too. But that doesn’t matter. There’s still plenty to do.

For example, we walked a lovely track around the bay called White Sands Walk.  This track starts at Greenfields Beach and ends at beautiful Hyams Beach. The website says that it’s two kilometres long, but it felt like more than that.

In the morning, after we had breakfast, we grabbed a take away coffee from the coffee shop, then took the car to the car park/reserve at Greenfields Beach. We started walking while carrying a coffee cup in one hand. The coffee was delicious and it kept us warm.

The track passes quite a few beaches, and when we got tired or too hot, we’d just jump in for a swim.

I loved the white sand beaches and the clear blue water. The sand at Hyams Beach was so white, I even heard a kid yelling out “Look at the snow! Look at the snow!”.

And the water was so clear, I could see the fish while I was swimming. And they kept swimming with us!! I couldn’t stop taking photos while we were walking. And we had a lovely brunch at Hyams Beach General Store.

It was a good idea to do that walk, otherwise we wouldn’t have seen that many beautiful beaches if we were just driving a car along the road.

Surfers Paradise, Australia

Photo of Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast is the perfect place to relax by the beach.

Located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Surfers Paradise has developed into a big city with skyscrapers all along the coast. There is plenty of hotel accommodation all around the place.  The big beautiful long beach and the sun are the main tourist attractions. It’s the perfect place for you to sun bathe and relax on a beautiful day.

We stayed at Surfers Paradise for a couple of days before we headed to Thailand. I was so excited to see Surfers Paradise. The sun was so strong, we made sure we were covered in sunscreen. I couldn’t wait to jump in to the water.

The heavy waves attract many surfers to this place. If you like to play with the waves I recommend that you wear very tight swimwear. Because the waves can easily tear your swimwear off if you’re not careful. It happened to me once. After that, I couldn’t stop worrying about my swimwear.

After we’d had enough swimming, we went for walk along the beach.  It took a while to find a suitable restaurant. Because there are so many, we didn’t really know what we wanted to eat. Also, the bargain clothes shops were distracting me as I walked through the shopping mall.  In the end, I had japanese sushi for lunch.

I love the city and I love the natural environment. Surfers Paradise could be the perfect place for me to live. But the world is so big and there are many nice places around, so I have to keep travelling.

Bondi Beach, Australia

Photo of Bondi Beach in Australia

Bondi Beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches.

Bondi Beach is the most popular beach in Sydney. In fact, it’s probably the most popular beach in Australia. A lot of people visit Bondi Beach each day. Visitors to Bondi Beach are from all over the world.

When we got there was quite windy. After breakfast we walked from Bondi Beach to Tamarama. This place is so awesome for me. Saw many surfers on the big waves. That was amazing for me to see, those surfers are very strong and healthy.

The walking track between Bondi Beach and Tamarama is beautiful too, because of the spectacular views. You can walk right around to Coogee Bay if you like. Many people have built their dream home in this area.

The properties at Bondi Beach are extremely expensive . Not just the rich people live at the Bondi beach, but many superstars have a house here too. Don’t be surprised if one day you bump in one of them.

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