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December 6, 2021
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Australia's affordable stays

Who doesn’t need affordable digs Down Under? After all, you’ll be paying a small fortune just in airfare. Here are some alternatives to a hotel:

Motels or Motor Inns Most come with air conditioning, a telephone, TV, clock radio and mini fridge. Most have only a shower -- no bathtub. Motor inns are a step up from motels. Rates start at $80 CAN a night.

B&Bs Facilities are often shared, although more places are installing private and ensuite bathrooms. Nightly rates start at $100 CAN a night.

Bed & Breakfast and Farmstay Australia has links to all state B&B organizations.

Farmstays A farm can be many different things in Australia -- idyllic green fields with trotting horses and dairy cows in Victoria or hundreds of thousands of hectares of dust, bugs and barb-wired fences in Queensland or the Northern Territory.

If staying on a farm is your thing, then the Bed & Breakfast and Farmstay Australia is a good place to start. It has links to all state farmstay organizations.

Try also Accommodation Getaways Victoria ( and Bed & Breakfast and Farmstay NT (

Most farms charge under $200 CAN for a double and sometimes include breakfast.

Apartment rentals A decent two-bedroom apartment starts at about $170 CAN a night, depending on your location and the season. There are plenty and they range from serviceable to luxury. Australia's biggest apartment chain is Quest Serviced Apartments.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.