In Australia you can often do that. In many places there's a lot to choose from and
you can shop around for the best deals. There are, of course, exceptions to this
Hotels and motels: Except in major cities, the term hotel usually refers to a pub.
Historically, hotels were obliged to provide accommodation. Outside major centres,
few do today. In country areas, look for motels. Your will find them on the main roads
leading into towns and scattered along highways . Many motels are attached to old
hotels. Go to the tourism web sites to get an idea of what is available.
Camping resorts are plentiful and standards are high compared with many
countries. Individual caravan sites usually have power outlets and some have their
own shower/toilet annexes. Many resorts have cabins for rent on an overnight basis.
Camp kitchens (pictured above) and barbecues are generally provided. Laundry,
shower and toilet facilities are required by law. Many resorts belong to organisations.
Their web pages are easily found. Some are geared towards families, some to older
people and others to young adults . As a general rule, avoid campsites that are
primarily residential. You could hit unlucky and find yourself entangled with the
neighbourhood's social problems.
Serviced apartments have a day room, bedroom(s) en-suite and kitchen. The
larger accommodate six of more people . The cost per person can be less than
dormitory accommodation in a backpacker hostel and you can save money by doing
your own cooking. When my wife and I visit a major city, we prefer to stay in a
serviced apartment rather than a hotel. Advance booking is recommended but not
Cottages are available in many rural areas that have experienced a decline in
population. They are usually rented for a number of days (rather than overnight) and
are one of my wife's favourites. Advance booking is recommended.
Outside school holidays you can generally find overnight accommodation in the
larger centres without forward booking . This means you can turn up and look for a
good deal but don't leave it too late (after 5pm, say). If you are travelling in a busy
period or visiting a remote location, secure accommodation at least a day in advance.
11 Vehicle Rental
Hiring a car, caravan or campervan is relatively easy. Major international rental
companies operate here and there is no shortage of local companies, some
offering very low rates.
Many national driving licences (including Canada, UK, USA) are accepted but, if
they are not in the English la nguage, a certified translation is required. For details visit