How to Explore Queensland On Any Budget
Why travel interstate this Spring, when there's so much on our doorstep!
Instead, use the cash you would spend on flights on extra experiences... or a few extra nights and explore Queensland!
There's so much more to our great state than the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast - why not venture West into the Outback.
1. SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK: VIEW THE SCENERY FROM BRISBANE TO LONGREACH
If you really want to see parts of Queensland that you perhaps haven't discovered before, this is one for you.
Travel from Brisbane to Longreach (or any stop along the way) and take in the amazing scenery on your way.
The 26 hour ride each way has a price point for everyone from economy seats, to first class areas with fold down bedding.
Stop off at Hervey Bay? Maryborough? Bundaberg? Rockhampton? Or follow the train all the way in to Longreach and revel in a quieter way of life away from the bustling cities.
With tickets from $118pp each way for seniors and $235 for adults, it's certainly worth a look!
If we were you, we'd take the opportunity to explore Longreach for a few days between your travels! You'll never know what you may find.
2. HIRE A CARAVAN
Train not your cup of tea? Why not hire (or buy) a caravan or camper van, pick a destination or two on the map and make it a road trip!
The flexibility here is that you can stop and search at your own discretion.
A little more organisation is required on your part, however, to secure campsites and mapping out a route.
The price of caravaning is obviously a lot easier on your pocket - with plots offered at similar rates to camping areas.
Of course, in a caravan you have a little more security and added comfort with proper bedding, perhaps a functional kitchen and bathroom.
3. GLAMPING / CAMPING
Can't quite afford a caravan?
Go back to basics and go camping.
On each coast plots can be rented for $50 a night for two people - you can't get much better than that!
The further away from the big cities you get the more affordable it becomes. For example some spots in Hervey Bay can be rented for as little as $35 per night.
Mix in a bit of whale watching and taking time out from the bright lights of the city and it is holiday made.
Got a little more cash to spend? Upgrade your experience and go glamping.
Camping no longer means no power and drop dunnies... Find a powered site, splurge on some furniture and added comforts to make the experience that much more homely.
4. HOTEL GETAWAY
Been saving for awhile?
Why not spoil yourself and spend your time in a hotel.
Catering to your budget, this is by far the most relaxing of the options.
A coastal getaway in Cairns or the Whitsundays? Or perhaps head west to explore an area you haven't seen before, it's sure to be a blast.
Make sure you use a comparison site for any hotels or flights you may be booking to get the best deal.
If exact location isn't a big factor then well publicised mystery hotels could also be a way to go - getting a high class experience for a portion of the cost.