Are you looking for a holiday that won’t break the budget? Travelling in a campervan or motorhome
is an affordable and flexible way to see Australia and there are more
than enough low-cost and free activities to safeguard your wallet for
the duration of your motorhome getaway. Enjoy a scenic coastal journey,
city escapade or rugged outback adventure without breaking your holiday
budget this year!
1. Visit the Beach
It’s what everyone wants to experience when they come to
Australia; the untouched sands of one of our pristine beaches. Go
swimming or surfing, build a sandcastle, drink in the Vitamin D from
your beach towel or enjoy a leisurely walk around the coast. Whether
you’re absorbing the laidback culture at Bondi or soaking up the rays on
the Gold Coast, you won’t spend a penny at the beach.
2. Get Lost in the Botanical Gardens
Australia is home to more than 140 botanical gardens
nation-wide. The best part is that a visit to one of these oases is
completely free! Enjoy scenic views of the iconic Sydney Opera House
from Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney or appreciate the native flora at
the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.
3. Go Snorkelling
Snorkel Australia’s unique underwater world and experience
some of the most beautiful coral life you will ever see. Hire a snorkel
for a small fee or bring your own along. For fantastic snorkelling
opportunities explore man-made reef Tangalooma Wrecks just off Moreton
Island in Queensland or visit one of the breathtaking islands of the
Great Barrier Reef.
4. Spend a Day at the Museum
Informative, fun and hands-on! A day at one of Australia’s
museums is a great outing for everyone in the family. Keep your eye out
for admission days outside of peak holiday seasons when you can enter
the museums free of charge. We recommend the Museum of Contemporary Art
in Sydney, The Australian National Maritime Museum located smack bang in
the centre of Darling Harbour or the Museum of New and Old Art (MONA)
in Hobart (locals enter free!).
5. Free Walking Tours
There’s no better way to get to know a place than by foot
and what better way to do so than a free walking tour? ‘I’m FREE’
Walking Tours in Melbourne and Sydney give you the chance to explore some of Australia’s best cities with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide at no cost to you!
6. Visit Luna Park, Sydney
There’s no entry fee to this historic Australian fun park
with spectacular harbour views. Take in the hype of the park or pay a
small fee to enjoy the rides.
7. Explore the Markets
Uncover a myriad of hand-made treasures at Australia’s
fantastic street markets. Bustle your way through the crowds at
Salamanca Market in Hobart, purchase expert made arts and crafts at
Eumundi Markets in Queensland or stop by one of the many local farmers
markets around the country specialising in fresh and locally grown
produce – it’s a great way to save on dining costs!
8. Enjoy a Sunset
One of life’s greatest pleasures is watching the sun sink
below the horizon. Wherever you’re travelling in your motorhome, grab
yourself some fish and chips, pull out your outdoor table and chair
setting and watch the sun sink in a brilliant array of colour.
9. Drop a Line
Australia is an angler’s oasis with enough fishing hot-spots
to keep you entertained all day long. For great fishing try the East
Coast of Tasmania specialising in tuna, shark and malin or Kimberley
Coast in WA with barramundi, sailfish, queenfish, trevally and red
10. Swim in Lagoons
Australia’s spectacular east coast is dotted with
stinger-free lagoons in some of the major cities. Escape Queensland’s
intense heat by spending the day floating at The Lagoon located on The
Esplanade in Central Cairns, Streets Beach in Southbank Brisbane or
Bluewater Lagoon in Mackay.
11. Explore National Parks and Rainforests
No trip to the Land Down Under would be complete without
experiencing one or more of the diverse national park or rainforest
settings. Visit Daintree in Queensland to encounter an incredible array
of plants and animals or marvel at spectacular views at Wineglass Bay in
12. Sample Australia’s Best Wine
Around the country you will discover wine-rich regions
specialising in a broad array of wine. Marvel at the rolling vines out
your window as you make your way through some of the most scenic wine
areas including Barossa Valley, the Hunter Valley, Margaret River, Yarra
Valley, the Coal River Valley and Clare Valley. Sample wine at no
charge and take home a bottle or two as a treat!
13. Indulge Yourself on Local Delights
If you’re partial to chocolate (as most of us are), we have
just the answer for you! There are a number of Australian chocolatiers
who offer free tours giving you a first-hand glance at the chocolate
production process and even the chance to sample one if you’re lucky! We
recommend Haigh’s Chocolates in South Australia and Anvers Chocolates
in the north west of Tasmania.
14. Enjoy the Street Culture
Leave your motorhome at the caravan park and explore
Australia’s cities by foot. Appreciate the street music and artistic
graffiti in the heart of Melbourne or Sydney, take a leisurely stroll through historic Salamanca and Battery Point precinct in Hobart or drink in the heightened vibe in Surfers Paradise, Australia’s night life capital.
15. Experience Australia’s Cultural Heritage
Aboriginal culture is an important part of Australian
heritage and shouldn’t be missed off any itinerary. There are a number
of free arts and culture festivals during the year showcasing Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander culture. Experience Yalukit William Ngargee
Indigenous Arts & Culture Festival in Melbourne or Message Sticks, a
multi-arts festival held at the Sydney Opera House.
16. Camp Amongst Nature
Alternate between caravan parks and free camping to save
money. Australia is ripe with prime free camping locations that allow
you to wake up in some of the country’s best settings. Tasmania is a
free camping oasis and gives you the unique opportunity to pull up just
about anywhere and immerse yourself in the natural environment.
17. Appreciate Australia’s Art Galleries
Enjoy some of the country’s best artists at the free art
galleries dotted around the coast. Experience Newcastle Region Art
Gallery with more than 3300 works of art depicting colonial times, The
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne or the Museum and
Art Gallery of the Northern Territory to see an excellent exhibition of
Aboriginal bark paintings, stone axes estimated to be 22,000 years old
and the Cyclone Tracy display.
18. Marvel at Spectacular Vistas
Over Australia you will find fantastic vantage points for
enjoying spectacular city vistas. In Melbourne make your way to the
Sofitel on Collins Street for sweeping views of the Yarra River and
surrounding buildings or Observatory Hill in Sydney, a prime spot for
that iconic photo opportunity.
19. Window Shopping
Melbourne and Sydney are home to some of the best shopping
in the world. Window shop at the enormous shopping centres and enjoy an
affordable lunch at the food halls. It’s the perfect way to achieve that
shopping high without breaking your budget.
20. Spend the Day on the Water
Whether it’s kayaking, sailing, diving or jet skiing you
desire, you can spend the day on the water for just a small rental fee.
Appreciate the spectacular coast or city skyline from the water and feel
the rush of freedom.