Affordable holidays without leaving the country

They don’t call Australia the lucky country for nothing. We’re blessed with many beautiful places to visit. And some can be done without breaking the bank. So why not get out and explore your own backyard with these affordable getaways.

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Hobart - Tasmania

There's plenty of cheap or free things to do in Hobart to keep you entertained. If you love art and culture, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is free and hosts a diverse range of artworks. If nature is more your thing, take a drive North to the Bridestowe Estate where you'll find fields of lavender to awaken your senses. Sample the local produce at the Salamanca Markets that are held every Saturday at Hobart's Waterfront. 

Hawks Nest – New South Wales

Located close to its more expensive neighbour, Port Stephens, Hawks Nest is a gateway to the Myall Lakes National Park that features a network of lakes, rivers and channels.  A great base camp featuring sandy beaches, you can organise to take a guided tour of the National Park. For more costal views take the Dark Point walking track that will take you to the Dark Point Aboriginal Place – a significant gathering place for Worimi Aboriginal people for more than 4,000 years.

Wisemans Ferry – New South Wales

Only 85km from the centre of Sydney, you'll find this small town with historic significance. Located on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, early settlers based here would supply Sydney with almost half its food supply. The produce was delivery by boat down the river – resulting in Wisemans Ferry rapidly developing as an important river port. Visit the Wisemans Inn Hotel for a great pub meal or the Wisemans Ferry cemetery which is one of the oldest in the country.

Kangaroo Island – South Australia

There's plenty to do on the island including surfing, swimming and more. Visit the wharf of Kingscote where you can feed the pelicans and get some good snaps. If you're more adventurous you can hire a sand board and spend the day hitting dunes at Little Sahara for as little as $40 a day. Home to Finders Chase National Park, the island features plenty of bushlands to explore.

Mallacoota – Victoria

Croajingolong National Park and Mallacoota are home to many wildlife including koalas, kangaroos and giant goannas. Bastion Cove is a popular surf spot among the cliffs and is even patrolled during the summer. Quarry Beach features a series of rock pools perfect for exploring. Don't miss the Mallacoota Markets featuring local produce, arts, crafts and music. There's also a World War II memorial, golf course, bowling green and tennis courts. The Mallacoota Angling Club even occasionally holds fishing competitions.


You don't need to travel far to have a holiday. Exploring your own city is something many people never do – but there's usually plenty to see! Visit local council websites to see local events or visit your local tourist information centre. The best bit is you can even invite your friends to join.

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