Continuing on in my Australia series, today let’s take a look at Kuranda. Kuranda, a remote Australian mountaintop village in Queensland, is one of those anomalies that you really won’t know whether to love or hate. Or perhaps like us you can settle for cheerful ambivalence. Before we visited I read plenty of reviews about how Kuranda is a tourist trap and that a visit there could really dent your pockets. Now that I’ve been there myself, I can confirm that every word of this is true. But in spite of all its perceived flaws, Kuranda has a charm that is hard to deny.
As I mentioned in a previous post, after a rough start we finally made it to Australia. If you have not read about it yet, I urge you to take a peek at that post. I’d like to think the one positive thing about that experience is that I can use this platform to spread awareness about the issue. So please, make my day and go read that post by clicking here.
So now that I am done with my PSA of the day, let’s get on to more fun things and talk about what we did once we landed on the Island Continent.
Let’s face facts. Australia is not a cheap country for international travelers.
But don’t let that stop you from visiting this truly magnificent island continent. No doubt there are some places where you simply HAVE to shell out the big bucks. If you’re looking for budget options, this is where you bid a teary farewell to helicopter tours over the Great Barrier Reef and sunrise camel rides to Uluru.
But take heart. With a little bit of planning, you can still save quite a few dollars when pulling together your Australia itinerary.
Here are some tricks that we used to make sure our wallets didn’t take too much of a beating when we planned our 2 weeks in Australia.
In our quest to travel to every corner of the globe, the hubby and I have long been eyeing Australia as our next potential destination. But the distance and cost involved meant Australia was always bumped lower and lower on our priority list.
That is until September 2016. After 3 odd years of contemplating a visit there, we finally took the leap and applied for an Australian visit visa.