Glamping, Hostel or Resort? Accommodation in Australia…

Glamping, Hostel or Resort? Accommodation in Australia…

If you’re planning a trip down under, you’re in for the experience of a lifetime. In the midst of getting your travel sorted, buying your travel insurance and researching which landmarks you’re going to visit, you’ve probably been thinking a lot about the type of accommodation on offer over in Australia.

The good news is, whatever accommodation you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Australia. From luxury resorts to funky youth hostels and boutique hotels, Australia’s accommodation is as diverse as its landscape. Here are a few examples of what to expect so that you can decide which suits you best—or better yet, try a combination of all of them!


Because so much of Australia is a tropical wonderland, there is a healthy scattering of resorts across the north of the country. These resorts range from family-friendly to highly exclusive, with prices to reflect the range. If you’re travelling in the Whitsundays we highly recommend a stay at one of the resorts up there—with free use of the sailing boats included, there’s little that compares.

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Camping is nothing new, and in terms of accommodation it doesn’t really take too much to figure out that you can pitch a tent in most places around the world. Where Australia has distinguished itself however, is with ‘Glamping’—a glamourous take on camping where tents are sturdier, organic food is included and blow-up mattresses give way to proper beds. The focus is on sustainability and comfort, so if you want to get back to nature but don’t fancy squatting in the bush, glamping might just be for you.


If you’re looking for more of a backpacker experience, hostels in Australia are a great option. Clean, reliable and usually fairly well-priced, Australia’s youth hostels are a popular choice for those on a budget. The greatest thing about our youth hostels is that they’re usually incredibly central, and a perfect place to make friends with some future travelling buddies, or organise a lift up the coast.

Serviced Apartments

In the cities, serviced apartments can be a great option, for those who want the convenience and luxury of  hotel with the freedom to cook for themselves. Brisbane serviced apartments are among some of the best in the country, catering for business and leisure travellers alike, and in Melbourne and Sydney the range of options is staggering. If you want to be in a central location without having to rely on room service or nearby restaurants for every meal, a serviced apartment is the way to go.

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Holiday Homes

Many Australians own second homes in holiday destinations, which they rent out while they’re not using them. This is a great way to stay if there is a large group, and can work out to be incredibly cost-effective, especially if the costs are shared between several adults or families.

Wherever you stay in Australia, you’ll be impressed by the hospitality and friendliness of the locals. Choosing your accommodation is a big part of the fun—so why not change it up and experience a range of options while you’re there?

Article supplied by Tom Mallet, an Australian freelance writer and journalist who writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US.


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