So you’ve arrived in Perth and you’ve got several weeks ahead of you free to travel through Australia’s largest and most diverse State, however you, like most working holiday makers have the sinking worry about finances. If that’s the case then read our guide to how to survive backpacking Western Australia so you can have the time of your life on your travels.
Tips For Backpacking Western Australia
If you did your research before arriving in Australia and realised you’d need to save up loads of money, then well done you smug lot, but if you’ve saved what you can and need to eek it out, then you’ll need to be smart. Like most things in today’s world, it’s quite easy to get what you want for a discounted rate, you just need to do your homework.
Searching the Internet for discounts, deals and packages when it comes to travelling is key! If you’ve given up city life, manicures, regular haircuts and fine dining to travel Australia, then leave those things in the past, but be realistic with yourself. Ask yourself if you can cope sleeping in a dorm with 5 other people, and whether you’re comfortable sharing a bathroom with exotic strangers from around the globe. If the answer is no, then make sure you book suitable accommodation once you’ve mapped out your route.
WA may be large, but there are some great routes that you can take over the course of a few weeks or days, depending on how long you’ve got. Navigating through this large state however, is another animal entirely. You may feel safer either booking on a tour that takes you from A – B, or book on a coach service with unlimited travel to all the highlights in WA. If you manage to bag a travel pass that takes you all over WA, then you can make your way from Perth to as far north as Broome before perhaps taking your journey across state lines to the Northern Territory.
To save even more money whilst travelling always look out for meal deals online when you’re in a major city. When you’re in more remote areas try and book a hostel that has cooking facilities. This way you can knock up a quick and easy pasta to fill you up, or make sandwiches to have whilst you’re out exploring during the day.
WA has so many things to see from incredible National Parks such as Karijini, to the Bungle Bungle Ranges, the Ningaloo Reef and Kalbarri, so make sure you hop online to look for deals on tours and excursions ahead of arriving at your destination. Speaking of getting online, the number one way to keep your phone bill to a minimum whilst travelling in WA is by getting a pay-as-you-go Aussie sim when you arrive. That way you can check emails, update your instagram, and book accommodation whilst you’re on the go giving you a bit more freedom whilst exploring the West Coast.
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