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Australia’s 10 Cheapest Beachside Destinations Have Been Named

Australia’s 10 Cheapest Beachside Destinations Have Been Named

Iconic Aussie beachside escapes are often associated with a hard hit to the hip pocket, but new figures from the Roy Morgan Institute of Research show that getting away to some of Australia’s nicest beaches doesn’t, in fact, have to cost an arm and a leg.

The holiday tracking survey showed that the average price of a beachside getaway is a relatively modest $151 per night, with the top ten destinations coming in well below that.


Queensland’s idyllic Fraser island takes the number one spot for a cheap seaside escape, coming in at an average of just $94 per night. The island’s was originally named K’Gari – meaning paradise – by the traditional Butchulla people, and it’s not hard to see why. This World Heritage Listed site boasts some of the best beaches in the world, as well as stunning rainforests and freshwater lakes.

Photo: Steve Lacey/Flickr

The survey averaged the cost per night per person for all expenses, including food, accommodation, travel and entertainment. Queensland proved to be the most affordable state on average; other north east destinations that ranked well were Childers, Bundaberg, and Lady Elliot Island, all coming in at under $111 per night.

South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula came in second overall at $102 per night. Just two hours away from the city of Adelaide, this sprawling oasis manages to entice adventure-seeking holidayers and those looking to unwind away from the city sprawl.

Western Australia had a few entires in the top ten with the Dongara/Geraldton/Kalbarri region of the state averaging a cost of $107 per night. Tasmania’s Bay of Fires also made an appearance list at$113 per night’s stay.

The Mornington Peninsula, Portsea, and Lake’s Entrance – some of Victoria’s nicest beaches – all come in at under $115 per night, with Victoria having the most separate entires on the list.

Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula. Photo: Visit Mornington Peninsula

New South Wales proved to be the most expensive state for a beachside holiday with no entries in the top ten at all, however the areas of the Northern Coast (Forster/Port Macquarie/Coffs Harbour/Taree/Port Stephens) are still affordable at around $120 per night.

Check out Australia’s top ten cheapest beach destinations below:

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#10 Esperance, WA – $115 per night
#9 Lake’s Entrance, VIC – $115 per night
#8 Mornington Peninsula, VIC – $114 per night
#7 Bay Of Fires, TAS – $113 per night
#6 Ningaloo/Exmouth, WA – $112 per night
#5 Lady Elliot Island/Bundaberg/Childers, QLD – $111 per night
#4 McLaren Vale/Cape Jervis, SA – $111 per night
#3 Geraldton/Kalbarri, WA – $107 per night
#2 Yorke Peninsila, SA – $102 per night
#1 Fraser Island, QLD – $94 per night

New South Wales’ Lord Howe Island took out the spot of the most expensive coastal town with an night’s stay costing an average of $341, making it suited to more high-end travellers. Also on the pricier end of the spectrum were Queensland’s Port Douglas ($245) and the Whitsunday Islands ($220).


(Lead image: DGriebeling/Flickr)

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