Have you been wanting to travel outside of Australia but are unsure which countries will suit your budget?
The good news is that there are many countries where the Australian dollar goes further, and you can enjoy state-of-the-art hotels, delicious foods, and fun recreational activities without breaking your bank.
Here are the 10 cheap countries to visit from Australia that are budget-friendly and won’t leave you bankrupt.
1. Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is popularly known as The adventure capital of the world.
It is a great place to go if you want to engage in thrilling activities and have mind-blowing adventures that will always be of remembrance. (Who can go without thinking about the famous Queenstown bungee jumping).
It’s approximately 2,122 kilometers away from Australia (Melbourne) with an approximate flying time of 3.5 hours. Return Flight tickets start from $319 and the average per night spend is AU$140.
It seems like May, June and July are the cheapest months to visit this fun town.
Even though New Zealand is not the cheapest country on our list, you can enjoy many luxurious activities like Horse Riding, Skiing, and bungee jumping with decent pricing.
Some of the other famous activities include walking trails, catching the Queenstown skyline with Queenstown Gondola and skiing during the winter.
But if you aren’t an adrenaline junkie or not up for thrilling activities, then you can visit the spa to hit back and relax.
2. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is popularly known as The Island of Gods.
This beautiful island located near the equator of the earth is endowed with the beauty of nature and has an optimal temperature all year round, making it one of the best places to visit.
This country is a great tourist centre for foreigners because of its incredible temples, evergreen forests, and unique culture.
You can get well-furnished and hospitable accommodation at dirt cheap prices, you eat delicious cultural cuisines and engage in tons of recreational activities.
This island is approximately 4,425 kilometers away from Australia (Melbourne) with an approximate flight time of 5.5 hours. Return Plane tickets start from $258 and the average per night spend is AU$60.
The months of February, May, August and September are the cheapest months to travel to this amazing island.
Some of the must-visit places include Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Tirta Empul, Sacred Monkey Forest, Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
In this tropical paradise, you can also visit the local spas for the relaxing Balinese massage (must do activity), water parks, and beaches with your friends or families, clubs, and restaurants too.
If you want to have a thrilling adventure, you might consider taking a hike to climb the volcano on Mount Batur. Also, their yoga sessions are a must-try if you’re into yoga.
Generally, the Balinese people are very hospitable and friendly, so you might feel at home while enjoying your stay on the island.
3. Bangkok, Thailand
You can hop on a flight to Thailand from any of the major cities in Australia.
Bangkok is known for its great cradles of Buddhism and uniquely built temples that serve as hot tourist spots for foreigners. With a constant temperature of 30 °C, visiting its white sand beaches is a must for tourists.
This island is approximately 5,788 kilometers away from Australia (Melbourne) with an approximate flight time of 9 hours. Plane tickets start from $262 and the average per night spend is AU$80.
The cheapest months to visit Singapore are March, May, October and November.
Aside from enjoying delicious Thai food at local restaurants at ridiculously cheap prices, visiting the temples in Bangkok should be at the top of your to-do list.
You can pay a visit to the colorful Sri Mahamariamman temple, the intriguing wooden Pattaya temple, and the three great Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and Wat Mahathat temples.
Many travellers head to the islands of Koh Samui or Phuket for more sightseeing and recreation. You will need to take another affordable flight from Bangkok to any of these places. Some airlines fly directly to these islands from Australia as well.
Endless skyscrapers and unique architectural landmarks are one of the many things to see in Singapore. This modern-day paradise-like country has so many events and festivals which are always a delight to be a part of.
The experience of high-class shopping at busy malls, having a bite at a 3-star Michelin restaurant (street food style) and sightseeing of unique architectural buildings and designs are all among the amazing things Singapore has on offer for travellers.
This modern-day paradise is approximately 6,000 kilometers away from Australia (Melbourne) with an approximate flight time of 7 hours and 47 minutes. Plane tickets start from $279 and the average per night spend is AU$170.
The cheapest months to visit Singapore are February, March, August and October.
While enjoying your stay in this country, visiting mind-blowing architectural designs such as the indoor waterfall at the Gardens by the Bay and the marine bay sands should be on your checklist as well as going to the Sentosa islands for a well-deserved relaxation time.
You may want to avoid traveling to Singapore during the Chinese New Year and Christmas because it is expensive during that time of year. On another note, the temperature during June and August is quite high in Singapore, so the best time to visit this tropical paradise is during springtime.
Singapore has some basic rules to follow such as no eating or drinking on public transport and some standard dress codes to incorporate, so make sure to adhere to the norms while visiting the country. Chewing gum is banned in the country.
5. Nadi, Fiji
Fiji is popular for its majestic palm trees, therapeutic hot springs, sandy beaches, and Mud pools.
A visit to this tropical paradise can be made possible if you plan your budget right. The good thing about Fiji is that the weather is close to perfect with temperature not dropping below 20 °C even through cold months.
This island is approximately 3,159 kilometers away from Australia (Sydney) with an approximate flight time of 4 hours and 30 minutes. Return air tickets start from $455 and the average per night spend is AU$150.
The cheapest months to visit Nadi, Fiji, are March, August, October and November.
Sunbathing on the Wailoaloa beach and relaxing at the Sabeto Hot springs are places to go for recreation; visiting the local restaurants and trying out their national cuisines are also must-try. Also don’t forget to try their national drink, Kava.
Everything from transportation to dining is very much affordable in Vietnam as it is one of the cheapest countries in the world to visit.
It is a local paradise that consists of rural villages and cities which draws in a lot of tourists on a tight budget due to the economical-friendly nature of the country.
This backpacker’s paradise is approximately 6,900 kilometers away from Australia (Melbourne) with an approximate flight time of 9 hours and 7 minutes. Return airfares start from $329 and the average per night spend is AU$40.
The cheapest months to visit Vietnam are March, April, August and September.
Unique landmarks such as Phong Nha Ke, Hoi An Ancient Town, Bang National Park, Cu Chi Tunnel, The Marble Mountains, and Ha Long Bay are a must-see if you want to get a grasp of the ethical and cultural aspects of Vietnam. Also, don’t forget to visit their beaches, and local restaurants to try their traditional cuisine and many more.
As a traveller, you can do a complete North (Hanoi, Sa Pa, Ninh Binh), Central (Da Nang, Hoi An) South (Ho Chi Minh,Phu Quoc) trip.
The Philippines has gained international popularity for its magnificent beaches and coastlines, great diving spots, and unique terrestrial landmarks with over 7,000 islands to see.
The Philippines is also a place where the Australian dollar goes far; you can have a taste of cheap street food for as low as $2 and sophisticated restaurant meals at $10 only, not to forget the ridiculously cheap accommodations of just $10 per night for a single room. This tropical island also has a lot of great monuments with a lot of excavation sites.
The Philippines is approximately 6,130 kilometers away from Australia (Melbourne) with an approximate flight time of 8 hours. Return airfares start from $282 and the average per night spend is AU$60.
The cheapest months to visit the Philippines are April, July, August and September.
Diving in the saline waters of the oceans and sunbathing at the popular beaches are just some of the recreational activities to enjoy in the Philippines.
You might want to go on a sightseeing adventure like Fort Santiago, the National Museum of the Philippines, Rizal park, Krus ni Magellan, Banaue rice Terraces, etc. Visiting the tropical islands within the Philippines is also a great spot for viewing astonishing landmarks, so you might want to give that a try as well.
This is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Southeast Asia: with its awesome ancient archeological landmarks, modern cities, white sand beaches, and great hiking spots such as Mount Kinabalu, you just can’t get enough of Malaysia.
The most popular and the cheapest city to travel to Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is approximately 6,435 kilometers away from Australia (Melbourne) with an approximate flight time of 8 hours. Return Plane tickets start from $261 and the average per night spend is AU$55.
June, July, August and October are the cheapest months to travel to Malaysia.
You can visit popular tourist spots in Malaysia like Batu caves, KL tower, Petronas twin towers, Petaling street flea market, and Langkawi sky bridge. Going to the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur, which is mostly frequented by foreigners and tourists, is another great sight to see. With a well-planned tour guide, you can see the whole of Kuala Lumpur in just 2 days.
Don’t forget to try the world famous Roti Canai, Nasi Lemak, Satay, Hokkien Mee Noodles while in Kuala Lumpur.
Island hopping from Kuala Lumpur is also getting popular among foreign tourists. Some of the popular islands including Tioman Island, Redang Island,Pangkor Island, Penang Island and Sipadan Island.
9. Kyoto, Japan
Visiting Japan can come as a two-way street in terms of cost; the accommodation might be a bit pricey, but the food is on the cheap side which makes up for it.
Anime lovers, hold on tight as it might be a dream coming true for you all. Apart from that, if you love Japanese culture and art then it’s a big win as well.
Japan is also nicknamed “The Samurai Blue” because the color of their playing kits has always been blue since the 1930s.
Japan is approximately 6,848 kilometers away from Australia (Melbourne) with an approximate flight time of 9 hours and 47 minutes. Return Plane tickets start from $458 and the average per night spend is AU$100.
February, May, June and September are the cheapest months to travel to Kyoto, Japan.
Aside from seeing the beautiful cherry blossoms and boarding the infamous bullet trains, trying out futuristic technological developments like Automatic vending machines, and virtual reality games, and visiting Anime and Manga studios,
Japan is also known for its unique cultural appreciation such as Calligraphy, embroidery weaving, traditional arts, flower arranging, tea ceremonies and so much more, so you might want to try out the traditional side of the samurai blue.
10. New Delhi, India
Another country where the Australian dollar goes far, making it an ideal destination for those on a strict budget. The cost of living in New Delhi, India should not be more than $400 per month, so visiting this country is already a guarantee that your bank won’t break.
To get all the thrill and fun-filled experience in this country, the best visiting time is from October to March. This is because the weather during that time is best appreciated and most welcoming.
India is approximately 7,809 kilometers away from Australia (Melbourne) with an approximate flight time of 12 hours and 50 minutes. Return Plane tickets start from $746 and the average per night spend is AU$60.
January, March, June and July are the cheapest months to travel to New Delhi, India.
While in Delhi, you can visit tons of local markets, old architecture like Red Fort, Qutub Minar or just catch up on local spicy food. Make sure not to get the Delhi Belly though (Famous term for getting sick after eating local food).
Many traveller also do the golden triangle from New Delhi that includes the city Delhi itself, then visiting Agra for Taj Mahal and then going to the pink city of Jaipur
If you want to go away from the hustle and bustle of these larger cities, then you can also do activities such as Hiking in the Himalayas, doing Yoga in the City of Rishikesh, and sightseeing in the lake city of Udaipur.
Plenty to see and do there for less.
Apart from the above listed countries, there are few more budget friendly countries that you can travel from Australia. These are:
- Sri Lanka
Deciding on which country to visit solely depends on your budget, and what you would love to experience.
Since many of these countries offer a wide array of exciting adventures to explore and so many cultures things to experience, picking one to go to might be a bit difficult.
But we hope this guide helps you make a decision on which one to visit. (or may be all)
Well, that’s all you need to know about the cheapest countries to visit from Australia. Let us know which country you would like to visit in the comment section below.