spoke with exclusivity with the
biggest authority in accommodation in Australia. Mrs. Kangarooa (photo).
She has been always hosting someone in her belly and understand a lot
about the subject. She agreed to give us an interview as soon as we
could follow her. It is not necessary to say that after the interview
was over, we were still jumping from one side to another. The Interview
Mrs. Kangarooa, is that true that find
accommodation in Australia is easier
then find Kangaroos in the bush?
course not! We have much more Kangaroos
on the Australian wildness then
accommodation available, but, I
understood your question...Yes, it is
very easy to find accommodation for all
pockets size in Australia, unless
something very important is happening in
that town or city. The quality is very
hight and they are very clean and tidy.
What about prices? Are they out in the
noon? Which accommodation is the cheaper
cheapest is inside my belly. It is free,
but you must have a roo style to fit in.
Well, for a person travelling alone, the
cheapest is camping in one of our
camping/caravan park places. It cost
around A$ 8 per night per person. Next
to that I would say the Backpacker's
Hostels for about A$ 20 per night per
person in a shared room, or A$ 60 for a
private room for 2 people. About the
same price is a self catering Cabin
again in a Camping/Caravan Park. Bed and
Breakfast is also good for one or two
people with a price slightly higher.
Motels are also good, ranging from A$ 60
to A$ 120 depending on location. They
are one of the best situations for
people travelling in a budget with
family, because they have full kitchen
which save a lot on food in restaurants
and lunch bars. Hotels start about A$ 80
per night for a couple with double bed
and goes up the sky if you want
something classy or resort style.
Do I need to book accommodation before I
travel, or it is easy to choose at the
places I'll visit?
is up to you to decide. If you don't
know what is going on in that city or
don't know much about vacation breaks in
Australia, it is better to pre-book and
stay safe. Anyway, outside mid-December
to the end of January, time in which
Australian take vacations in mass, I
don't see difficulties to find places of
any level. Indy car race in October, the
Schoolies festival in November both on
the Gold Coast, beside the Formula one
in Melbourne (in February not sure) are
time that accommodation of all levels
became very much disputed.
Where can I find a good source of
Australia, one of the best are the
Tourist Information Centres located in
strategic positions in every important
or tourist cities. There are plenty of
them. They know everything available in
that specific region and some may
network with centres from other regions.
They don't charge anything to book for
you and you at least save some phone
calls. The Internet in these days is an excellent
resource to book any kind of
accommodation you need. Just type in
your browser " accommodation in
Australia" or Accommodation in the
city you want" that will rain
Which is the most common accepted way to
pay for accommodation in Australia?
cards and International bank card (EFTPOS).Travel
checks need to be exchanged in the bank
but they are accepted by the majority of
Australian banks. Cash is also accepted.
A friend travelling Australia told me
that some places had impositions about a
minimum time stay. Is that true?
but this happens only during the
vacations in small but well located
places. They basically receive families
for a week or two. After the peak
period, they almost bend on their knees
to have you there.
Which are the best accommodation for
someone travelling Australia
young (or young at heart) Backpacker's
Hostels have good price besides some
fun. For Older people a bed &
breakfast is a very good option. Hotels
and Hotels are also good option for
anyone with an elastic budget.
What about accommodation for couples?
cheapest is a double room in a
Backpacker Hostel, followed by a Cabin
in a Caravan Park. For about A$ 80 per
day a couple can be very happy in a
Motel or non-luxury hotel, and of
course, if money is not the problem,
there are too many options in luxury
places. A rental of a Campervan can also
be an very good alternative, especially
if you are travelling Australia by road
for a certain period.
What about accommodation for Families or
Groups travelling together.
Motel beats any other style of accommodation
for groups or families, not only by
price, but for the comfort and space. If
the group/family is looking to stay in
only one town, or plan to stay for a
week, the apart-hotel can also be a good
solution (Real Estate companies rent
these, called vacation Units, furnished
and usually for not less than a
Are the accommodation prices in
Australia equal in any state or city?
they fluctuate depending on location,
competition and time of the year. One
can expect during peak season to have
prices inflated by 30%. Also, Fashion
places like Port Douglas, Whitsundays,
Alice Springs, Noosa, and some others,
may have during peak periods higher fees
than other considered not a "hot
spot". Example: We went during the holidays
period to a place 200 Km north of Sydney
and paid for a night in a tent in a
caravan park A$ 60 for 3 people. The same thing
in Queensland will cost about A$ 22,
even during the peak period. It seemed
to us that the whole Sydney was taking
vacations on that beach.