Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay (Image credit: Destination NSW)
Studying in Australia is not just about hitting the books – it’s also about discovering the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture the country has to offer.
By planning your public holiday weekends and term breaks early, you can make the most of your time Down Under and save money too!
In this guide, we’ll give you money-saving tips and travel ideas, so you can experience the best of Australia throughout 2024.
Public holidays in Australia are holidays or “days off” recognised by the Government. This means that classes won’t be running, and many shops and businesses will be closed.
Public holidays can be on different days depending on the state or territory . Check out the Fair Work Ombudsman website for a list of 2024 public holidays in each state and territory in Australia.
Term breaks are different for each education provider. You’ll receive a calendar when you begin your studies.
Flights, car hire and accommodation usually becomes more expensive the closer you get to the date of travel. So make sure you plan ahead, especially if you are booking in peak holiday times.
It can be quite expensive to travel during school holidays and on public holiday weekends. Flight and accommodation prices will increase.
Here are some tips to help you shop around for the cheapest fare:
Travelling by bus or train can be a more affordable option, especially if you are travelling to regional towns. One of the major bus companies is Greyhound or you can also use Rome2Rio to find bus or train prices.
Sometimes the best way to explore is by car. By taking a road trip, you’ll discover places you never knew existed!
If you need to hire a car, use a comparison site such Rentalcars.com to find the best deal. Remember to factor in the price of fuel (petrol) and car insurance.
Find out more about licensing and driving safely in Australia here.
When you hire a campervan, you’ll save on accommodation. However, you will still need to pay for fuel (petrol), insurance for the campervan and a site at a caravan park. Sleeping in your vehicle on the street or in a car park overnight is illegal.
Staying in a hostel is one of the cheapest options for accommodation. It’s also a great way to socialise and meet other travellers. The Hostelworld app will help you compare the most affordable options in each area.
Camping can be a fun and cheap accommodation option. If you can’t borrow a tent from a friend:
There are camping spots all around Australia. If you haven't had much experience with camping, it’s a good idea to go to one of the busier sites in less remote areas. That way, you will have others around to help you if you need it.
There are free campsites available throughout Australia. However, they may not have toilet facilities or clean water. You can use apps such as WikiCamps Australia to find free sites.
Make sure you do thorough research on camping safety before you leave. Here are some tips for starters.
There are many exciting sporting events as well as comedy, film and music festivals throughout the year all over Australia. You may want to plan a trip so you can attend one of these. Some of the major events include:
Whether it’s a short get away or an extended road trip, Australia offers endless possibilities for exploration and discovery. Check out this blog post to find out about some iconic places in Australia that you can visit.