Sydney, the most populous Australian city and land of Finding Nemo, is a notoriusly expensive place to be a budget traveller. Luckily, there are quite a few dollar-saving tips and tricks that savvy travellers can take advantage of. Here are a few that I discovered in my time there, organized by . . .
I arrived in Byron Bay on a Greyhound bus. As passengers milled off, we were greeted by long-haired guys in board shorts. They held surfboards upright with the names of various hostels emblazoned on the bottoms. Our guy, Brad, was no exception to this rule. He greeted us with the Aussie surfer-dude . . .
"When we reach the top, find somewhere to sit silently and look out at the floodplain," Rob says to our little group as we weave (somewhat clumsily) up the rock formation that is Ubirr. We are in Kakadu National Park, in Australia's Northern Territory. It is the largest national park in the country, . . .
The clang of metal on metal shocks me awake. “Rise and shine!” My guide is loudly banging a spoon against a pot as I open my eyes to the still-dark sky, scattered with endless stars that only show themselves to the isolated. I pull the swag tighter and hope the clanging will end as the chill . . .
To many travelers, Alice Springs is a stopover point in Australia’s Red Centre. It is the gateway to Uluru-KataTjuta National Park, a rest stop from west-east or north-south. But, dig a little deeper and you’ll find plenty of reasons to dwell a few more days in this historic (and dusty) desert city. . . .