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Disclaimer ......................................................................................... 3
Introduction ....................................................................................... 4
25 Cheap and Easy Travel Tips ......................................................... 5
Cheap Accommodation & Sydney Budget Travel Ideas ................... 7
Cheap Accommodation & Melbourne Budget Travel Ideas .............. 10 How I Became a Legend ................................................................... 13 Cheap Accommodation & Brisbane Budget Travel Ideas ................. 14 Cheap Accommodation & Gold Coast Budget Travel Ideas ............. 17 How to Become a Warwick Capper Legend ..................................... 20 Cheap Accommodation Maroochydore & the Sunshine Coast ........ 21 Cheap Accommodation & Whitsundays Budget Travel Ideas........... 23 Cheap Accommodation & Townsville Budget Travel Ideas ............... 25 Live the Famous Life - Outrageous Celebrity Expenditures.............. 27 Cheap Accommodation & Budget Perth Travel Ideas....................... 28 Cheap Accommodation & Adelaide Budget Travel Ideas ................. 30 Cheap Accommodation & Tasmania Budget Travel Ideas ................ 32 Book Your Cheap and Easy Hotels with ................. 34 Recommendations ............................................................................ 36 Quickbeds Pillow Friends.................................................................. 40


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We hope you have a great cheap holiday and wish you the best of luck - happy travels!

An introduction for the man who needs no introduction...
Hotels that are Cheap and Easy - Just Like Me

I'm Warwick Capper and I'm famous, famous for being an AFL legend - and
other things. I've made my own reality TV show that was shown on ABC's The
, starred in over 200 commercials, wrote I Only Take What's Mine which went
Platinum in 1986, got kicked off Celebrity Big Brother, appeared on the front
cover of Penthouse three times, made my own adult video (XXX Capper),
worked as a male escort and have appeared on practically every Australian TV
show including The AFL Footy Show, Rove and Sunrise.

I'm also known for being cheap and easy - which is why I'm here to tell you
about how you can save money on your hotels and travel accommodation with

With thousands of rooms at great rates all across Australia, it's easy to find a
cheap hotel for your holiday - and save money. We've put together this guide
on some of the best cheap accommodation in Sydney, Melbourne,
Brisbane and more. Plus, we've also got loads of travel tips for cheap
and free attractions - so you can really stretch your travel dollar. And
with, there's no booking fee for your room - so
you can save even more money.

And if you want to learn how to become famous - like me - I've got
some real great tips for you. From how to choose your look to how
to get your name in the papers, that's right - now you can be cheap
and easy just like Capper!


25 Cheap and Easy Travel Tips

Many may associate ‘cheap travel’ with backpacking, dodgy hostels, questionable personal hygiene and carrying around dozens of stolen rolls of toilet paper. Well, those cheap travellers are absolutely right! Get ready to have some fun with these great super-tight travel tips.

1. If you’re going to pay for a hotel or hostel, get your money’s worth. Make the most of your complimentary items including mini soaps and shampoos.

2. Ditch the expensive deodorant and your shaving razor too. You’ll cut down on your costs, and your musk and scruffy appearance will give you the authentic aura of a ‘wild spirited traveller’.

3. Book some of the Lesser Known Airlines. They’re often cheaper, and are apparently more trustworthy anyway, according to the most recent hype on the news channels.

4. Get creative with the wearing of your underwear. Do you really need to wash every pair after you’ve worn them once? Backwards, inside out, and inside out backwards are all acceptable options. Once it’s time to give them a wash, take them into the shower/bath/ocean (depending on the bathing option you’ve selected for yourself) with you and give them a quick rinse. Bonus points if you hang them on your backpack or out the car window to dry.

5. Opt for recyclable and reusable
EVERYTHING. Water bottles, food containers, travel companions...

6. While it’s all good and well to want to save money, be EXTREMELY cautious if you hitch-hike with strangers, even if they seem friendly. Nobody wants to end up like the kids on Wolf Creek.

7. Try and get accommodation with breakfast included– eat heaps for breakfast and stock up on as many muffins, bagels, slices of toast and hard boiled eggs you can have in one sitting.

8. Deciding on who picks up the bill at a restaurant should be done with an arm wrestle. However, only introduce this rule if you’ve been drinking your protein shakes religiously lately.

9. Live like a rock star - and save money too! Staple diets are the newest celebrity craze to hit Hollywood. You can give your cheap feeds a fancy name like "the baked beans diet" and convince everyone that it's really helping you lose weight.

10. Tinned food should quickly become your best friend. It’s cheap, convenient and generally safe, provided you’re in a country where you can read the language, and don’t accidentally end up with cat food instead of baked beans.

11. Keep an eye on the news, and visit countries immediately after a crisis has occurred to take advantage of a weak currency and fewer tourists. Waiting until the riots and looting have finished is entirely optional, but probably desirable.

12. Ask for student discounts everywhere. Some people may not even ask for an ID. If you look older than 35, and somebody questions you, launch into a loud rant about how society these days is horribly discriminatory against mature-age students.

13. In some situations, birthdays are a valid form of currency. If you’re travelling with a group of friends, take turns to pretend you’re the birthday boy or girl in restaurants and hostel bars. Your acting skills may be rewarded with free desserts, drinks or shots from your fellow travellers or operators.

14. Avoid tourist destinations, they can be a rip off – instead ask for the help of locals to find out the regulars prices for purchases.

15. Haggle. If you consider yourself to be a rather skilled negotiator, try it
everywhere you think you can get away with it. Remember that the worst thing the lady at the Hilton reception desk can say is “get out or I’m calling the police”.

16. Save money on souvenirs and gifts for people by photographing them instead. Just keep in mind that you'll have to be in good shape when a street vendor chases you through the streets for photographing his miniature Colosseum replicas.

17. If you must buy a Lonely Planet or other travel guide, at least put it to good use. Use it to prop up a wobbly bed leg, as a

steady surface for your laptop, or as a weapon if you get mugged in an alleyway.


18. Take some time to research local laws. You don't want to throw away money on fines (or worse 00003.jpgget arrested) for chewing gum in Singapore, taking Panadeine to Greece or spitting on a New York Subway (throwing up is apparently fine). 19. Book airlines in advance, but hotels last-minute. If you don’t mind where you

stay, many hotels are actually cheaper if you book at short-notice -

but for popular events, like sporting matches or music festivals, you might have to book early to get a good rate. 20. International calling cards. You can use

them with your mobile or in your hotel room. You'll also feel less bad about using your friend's phone to call home.

21. Research how much a taxi should cost between certain destinations WELL in advance, to avoid being ripped off by dodgy taxi drivers.

22. Walk like an Egyptian – ok, well maybe just eat like one. Try to eat where the locals eat and avoid overpriced tourist restaurants.

23. ASK for things – hotel upgrades, free breakfasts, the tour guide operator’s phone number. You haven’t got anything to lose except your dignity - and that's only until you leave the room.

24. Be flexible. You’ll need to be able to squish into those tiny hostel beds and crowded public buses and trains. Oh, also be flexible with your dates. Prices for airfares and accommodation vary greatly from one day to the next, especially during weekends.

25. When travelling long distances, double up on accommodation with your travel schedule. Opt overnight buses/ trains – you pay more for the travel but save on a bed for the night.


C heap Accommodation & Sydney Budget Travel Ideas

Sydney is notorious for being Australia's most expensive
city to live in and is currently the 24th most expensive city
in the world1. In fact, Sydney takes home the crown for the
highest prices for car parking in the Asia Pacific2 and was
the 2nd most expensive city in the world for public
transport3 according to a UBS study in 2009.

With all of these costly titles, is it really possible to see
Sydney on the cheap?


Absolutely - if you know where to look. Sydney's metropolitan flavour caters to international travellers and tourists from around the world, so it's easy to find cheap accommodation deals and to grab bargain basement prices on some of the most popular sites and iconic destinations Sydney has to offer. Dine at some of the finest restaurants in Australia and enjoy world class entertainment - without blowing your budget.

1Cost of Living Survey 2010, Mercer; 2Colliers Global CBD Car Parking Survey, 2010; 3Prices & Earnings, UBS, 2009

Best cheap accommodation in Sydney

1. Great Southern Hotel 3. Capitol Square Hotel
717 George Street, Sydney 2000 Cnr George & Campbell Streets,

In the heart of Sydney's Chinatown, Sydney 2000
there's no shortage of cheap eats and Managed by Rydges, this convenient
attractions nearby hotel is situated in one of Sydney's

2. Metro Hotel Sydney Centralhistoric landmark buildings.
Cnr Pitt & Campbell Streets, Find more cheap accommodation
Sydney 2000 in Sydney.

Cheap hotel with all the amenities
including high speed internet access in
your room. Comfortable, affordable
and centrally located.

Sydney is a city steeped in rich culture, heritage and history - but that doesn't mean that your
Sydney holiday has to cost a fortune. This vibrant metropolis offers some of the best value
attractions that the whole family can enjoy. Million dollar views of the Sydney Harbour including
the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House are free from Circular Quay, while a trip to
Bondi Beach is just a $4 bus fare away. A walk around the Sydney headlands offers some of the
most breathtaking scenery - try the walk from Bondi to Coogee or go from Manly to the Spit
Bridge. Head an hour or so out of town and soak in a bit of nature at the World Heritage Listed


Blue Mountains, where a beautiful bushwalk is free!

For cheap accommodation, Sydney has a number of hotels that are centrally located right in the
Sydney CBD. The area of Haymarket is situated right beside Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour
and has plenty of cheap hotels on offer. Or you can venture out to the city fringe, such as inner
suburbs of Surry Hills or the Western suburbs of St Peters and Parramatta.

When it comes to cheap eats, you can't go wrong with a stroll through the many eateries in
Chinatown; Sussex St in the CBD is littered with tasty cultural delights from all around the world
- drop into Mamak in Haymarket where you can enjoy a classic Malaysian roti canai with curry
sauce for just $5. Or join the locals at the Flying Fajita Sisters in the inner west suburb of Glebe
where $3 Tacos are on the menu for Tuesday nights. Meanwhile, the locals love their neighbour
hood pub and many are bound to offer some great meal deals - the $5 steaks everyday at the
Forresters hotel in Surry Hills are a definite winner.

Meanwhile, if you're looking to enjoy a night on the town, many establishments offer cheap

5 star luxury that's cheap and easy!

Four Seasons Sydney 199 George Street, Sydney 2000 Divine luxury that won't blow your budget, this 5 star accommodation is situated in The Rocks, the historic epicentre of Sydney. With dramatic harbour front views and a luxurious day spa, this is your chance to enjoy a bit of the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

Happy Hours on the weekdays. You'll find that plenty of local pubs feature live entertainment
and music acts with no cover charge.

C heap Sydney Travel Tips

• Public transport can be costly, but for visitors, Sydney Rail
offers a great Daytripper Rail Pass to help you get around.
For just $17, you get unlimited travel on the train, bus and

ferry for the entire day - and that includes the usual $12
return ferry trip to Manly, which offers breathtaking views of
iconic Sydney Harbour.

• For those travelling in and around the Sydney CBD, a free
shuttle bus service operates from Central Station to Circular
Quay so you can get to many of Sydney's visitor highlights

for free.

• The City of Sydney hosts a number of free events all year
round for locals and visitors alike, including music and jazz
festivals, food and wine events, street fairs and

family-friendly markets - so they're a fun and cheap way to
enjoy your holiday. Ask your hotel concierge or pick up the
weekend edition of the Sydney Morning Herald for the latest

• Many of Sydney's most splendid attractions really are cheap
and easy. Enjoy a walk from iconic Bondi Beach to Coogee
or spend the day at the Australian National Maritime

Museum, named one of the 12 Coolest Museums in the
World4 - admission is free!

• Want a cheap guided tour of the city? Download a walking
tour for just $9.95 and have your iPod or mp3 player give you
the true locals' experience.

Nearby Destinations

1. The Rocks
2. Darling Harbour
3. Bondi
4. Manly
5. Surry Hills
6. Blue Mountains
7. Hunter Valley
8. Wollongong
9. Jervis Bay
10. Canberra, ACT




C heap Accommodation & Melbourne Budget Travel Ideas

Grab your tennis racket and
pack your book of poems - you're heading to the "Sporting and

Cultural Capital of Australia". Melbourne is a world class destination for food, wine, music and culture - and none of it has to cost a fortune. There are plenty of cheap eats and many of Melbourne's best known

cultural attractions are free including admissions to the permanent collections at the National Galleries Victoria or a stroll through the Queen Victoria Markets.
So whether you're looking for a cosy cafe to spend the afternoon or hoping to catch all the action with your mates at the Footy finals, Melbourne is the perfect destination for a fun and cheap holiday all year round.

Best Cheap Accommodation in Melbourne

1. Causeway Inn on the Mall 3. Little Collins Hotel
327 Bourke Street Mall, 27 Little Collins Street,
Melbourne 3000 Melbourne 3000

Situated in the heart of the city and the Tucked away on Little Collins Street is
only accommodation on Bourke St this little gem with great rates on
Mall, this is a shopper's dream beautiful suites.

location. Find more cheap accommodation in
2. Hotel Enterprize Melbourne.
44 Spencer Street, Melbourne 3000

Conveniently located opposite
Southern Cross Station, Hotel
Enterprize is all about providing
amazing value for very little money.

Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and when it comes to definitive Melbourne icons,
Federation Square and the Fitzroy Gardens are some of the most notable attractions.
Meanwhile, Melbourne prides itself in its unique vibe and experiences - where the locals
themselves and the culture they keep are what set the city apart.

For cheap hotels and places to stay, you'll find the big hotel chains but also plenty of little
independent operators with cheap hotel deals. When it comes to food, there's an abundance of


delicious cheap feeds at the local restaurants and cafes; head to Bimbo Deluxe in Brunswick St,
Fitzroy for $4 pizzas on weekdays. Meanwhile, Victoria St in Richmond is known for its authentic
and delightfully cheap Vietnamese cuisine.

The fourth largest network in the world and the largest outside of Europe, Melbourne's trams are
the cheapest and easiest way to get around town - and the city circle tram is absolutely free.
Meanwhile, a free Tourist Shuttle Bus also loops around the city and parts of the inner suburbs
every day.

For cheap things to do in Melbourne, you can't go past window shopping. The city is full of
unique craft and designer shops that are sure to be a temptation to blow your travel budget.
(Good thing you've saved all that money on your cheap accommodation!) Scoop up a bargain on
fresh foods and edible delights at the Queen Victoria Markets or head to Bourke St Mall to be
inspired by the latest trends and fashion. Wind down your evening with a refreshing beverage -
the suburbs of Fitzroy and St Kilda are where the locals head. You'll be sure to find some great

5 star luxury that's cheap and easy!

Art Series - The Blackman 452 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004 With luxury to inspire the imagination, this is one of the most unique accommodation options in Melbourne. Boasting private terraces and spas - this is more than just a great hotel - it's a real work of art!

Happy Hours and specials as well.



Nearby Destinations

1. St Kilda
2. East Melbourne
3. South Yarra
4. Phillip Island
5. Murray River 6. Ballarat
7. Great Ocean Road 8. Geelong
9. Mornington Peninsula

C heap Melbourne Travel Tips

• Get around Melbourne with ease - and on the cheap. The tram is a vital part of the Melbourne experience; hop on the free city circle trams run from the CBD through the Docklands every day from 10am - 6pm.

• Step aboard the free tour bus that loops through the best known destinations in the city and its immediate surrounds, including Queen Victoria Markets, the Shrine of

Remembrance and Flinders Quarter.

• For a dose of high culture without the costs, head to the National Galleries Victoria and check out their fine collection of Australian artists, indigenous pieces and international works.

• There's always something going on and the weekend edition of The Age newspaper publishes a What's On section that highlights great events and attractions week to week. Check the latest listings for events that are fun, free and family friendly.

• Check out the Happiest Hour which is dedicated to getting you more beer for your buck. They have happy hour listings for all days of the week.

Warwick Capper's Melbourne Fact:

The term "call girl" comes from
Melbourne. In 1891, the local
brothels set up a service for
their clients to call in on.


How I Became a Legend

People think that being this good looking is easy - but let me tell you, being famous is some serious hard work. Everyone always says "Warwick, you were born with so much talent," to which I reply, "Yeah. That's true."

A look back on the life and times
of the Man, the Legend, the KING, Warwick Capper.

1963 On 12 June, Warwick Capper, future AFL footie legend is born in Oakleigh, Victoria.

1971 Capper begins playing footie for the Oakleigh Dragons Youth Club alongside future star David Rhys Jones.

1974 Capper takes home the
Under-11s Best and Fairest for this team, giving him his first taste of his true legendary potential.

1983 At the age of 20, Capper is recruited to the recently relocated South Melbourne Football Club - now known as the Sydney Swans. On the field, Warwick becomes renowned for his look and eccentric personality, always appearing in tight shorts, white boots and keeping a head of lustrous long blond hair - not to mention driving around in his pink Ferrari. He finishes runner up for the Coleman Medal 2 years in a row.

1985 With his escalating popularity on the field, Capper, or Wazza as he became known, began building his profile off the field. He releases a single I Only Take What's Mine to launch his singing career. (Not a bad start with Platinum status and 300,000 copies sold, but sadly it was his only musical hit of his short lived career).
1986 Wazza makes a guest appearance on the soap Neighbours, joining the many other Australian celebrities that had their successful career start on Ramsay St!

1987 Capper earns Mark of the Year for his stunning season performance, kicking
103 goals in 23 games. Capper recalls the year fondly - taking part in a charity auction, where his "dirty" footy shorts raised a whopping $25,000 for cancer, he tells ABC news.

1988 Wazza weds Joanne Norris in what the tabloids call "the wedding of the year". Not one to disappoint, Capper decks himself out in skin and leather (an outfit that cost $5000 to be made - which he still claims to have). His lavish spending and outrageous lifestyle becomes renowned.
Capper moves to the
Brisbane Bears signing a three year contract for a whopping $350,000, becoming the highest paid player in the league. However, his performance with the Bears was a bit lacklustre, kicking only 71 goals in 34 games. In an interview, Warwick remembers it as "probably the worst time of my life".
1991 Wazza returns to play for Sydney for one more season, kicking 38 goals in 13 games to wind up his professional footy career.

1992 Capper retires and returns to Queensland to play semi-professionally for the Southport Sharks while he continues to work on his celebrity profile, making numerous appearances. Wazza and Joanne have their only son, Indiana.

1993 Capper poses with his wife Joanne in an explicit photo shoot in Australia's Penthouse Magazine. Capper makes his (un-credited) big screen appearance as the "Braindead Prisoner" in the movie Fortress starring Christopher Lambert. He continues to make appearances regularly on TV shows such as the AFL Footy Show.

2002 Wazza is a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother where he is ejected by producers for exposing himself to fellow housemate, Kimberley Cooper.

2005 Capper releases his autobiography, Fool Forward. He and his wife Joanne officially split up, making tabloid
headlines. Wazza trades in his short shorts for a stint as a lollipop man for a reported $16.50 an hour.

2007 Warwick joins the famous Surfers Paradise Meter Maids, feeding expired parking metres along the tourist strip. 2008 Wazza makes a home sex tape with 25 year old girlfriend that he sells to an adult-video distribution company for a reported six-figure sum. In an interview, Wazza likens himself to "Australia's Paris Hilton".

2009 Capper announces his candidacy for MP and his intention to stand against Pauline Hanson. Unfortunately, he fails to register in time. He begins a career as a $1500 a night male escort. Later in the year, Warwick "Hollywood" Capper competes in a celebrity boxing match against Wendell Sailor - rather than being knocked out, Capper calls it quits 53 seconds into the third round.


2010 Warwick Capper is Cheap and Easy (but we all knew that!), and becomes a viral YouTube sensation with almost 60,000 views (as of Nov 2010) of his TV commercials for He also makes an appearance at Sydney's 2010 Sexpo.

C heap Accommodation & Brisbane Budget Travel Ideas

Brisbane often cops a bit of flak from culture snobs who consider it creatively fruitless, unimaginative and rather dull - yet these criticisms couldn’t be further from the truth. If you're travelling to Brisbane, you're going to have a hard time finding the time for all the fantastic gigs, festivals, markets, museums, galleries and restaurants on offer in this vibrant city. Brisbane offers a whole heap of cultural goodness, all of which can be done on a shoestring budget - so it's the perfect destination for your next cheap and easy holiday.

When it comes to cheap accommodation, visitors will find a deluge of options. Families can choose self-contained apartments and suites to make their stay affordable while there are plenty of hostel and backpacker options for the budget traveller. Wherever you choose to stay, you'll find yourself well immersed in a rich and vibrant metropolis that'll give you plenty of bang for your buck.

Best cheap accommodation in Brisbane

1. Citigate King George Square
Cnr Roma & Ann Streets,
Brisbane 4000

Walking distance from Queen St Mall
shopping precinct. Formerly known as
the Carlton Crest, the newly
refurbished Citigate offers fine dining,
and affordable luxury rooms.

2. Ridge on Leichhardt
189 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hills,
Brisbane 4000

A short five minute walk to the centre of
Brisbane, and located close to the city’s
entertainment and shopping centres,
Ridge on Leichhardt offers full-service
apartments and great views of the city.

3. Hotel George Williams Brisbane
317-325 George Street, Brisbane 4000

Located in the heart of the city, and
200m away from the Queen Street
Mall, Hotel George Williams has also
received a Green Star rating from AAA
tourism for supporting environmentally
friendly practices.

Find more cheap accommodation


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While it's the third largest city in Australia, Brisbane tends to come up short compared to the cosmopolitan and showy city of Sydney or the culturally mature and sophisticated styling of Melbourne. However, holiday makers shouldn't overlook Brisbane as there are plenty of great attractions and activities to enjoy.

Start in the CBD where the City Centre Free Loop bus service will take you around to key destinations or see the sites from the convenient CityFerry service. Brisbane’s Southbank is always buzzing on a Sunday. Locals will enjoy a drink and a meal at their favourite spot while the kids play and swim in the unique man-made Streets Beach. Grab a cheap 2 for 1 dinner on Tuesday nights at the highly-recommended Guppy’s Seafood & Grill or try an authentic Indian meal for under $10 at Indian Kitchen in West End.

Meanwhile, Brisbane has a thriving underground hip-hop and indie music scene, with plenty of free music festivals and gigs to enjoy. The annual Grass Roots Music Festival and Global Grooves Festival are both free live music festivals offering up a multicultural fusion of both traditional and contemporary world beats. For the history buffs, the Museum of Brisbane has free guided tours three days a week while the Queensland Museum, Art Gallery and the beautiful Brisbane City Botanical Gardens are also free.

If you're looking for a bargain, Brisbane has countless markets to browse. City Farmers Markets, Brisbane Market Place, Twilight Fresh Market and Eumundi Parkside are just some of the places to try. Be sure to sample some of the local produce and enjoy the bubbling atmosphere.

5 star luxury that's cheap and easy!

Treasury Casino & Hotel
Top of the Queen Street Mall,
Brisbane 4000

Located right in the city's commercial and retail heart, the Treasury Casino & Hotel is a heritage listed building with beautiful luxury rooms.

Warwick Capper's Brisbane Fact:


Brisbane’s now - trendy nightlife area of Fortitude Valley used to be the city’s red-light district, full of brothels and gambling dens, until it was redeveloped just a few decades ago. 00014.jpg

C heap Brisbane Travel Tips

• Use the free Brisbane City Loop bus service to get from one end of town to the other. It runs every 10 minutes between 7am and 6pm.

• The South Bank Beach is completely man-made and is as big as three Olympic swimming pools. Lifeguards are on duty every day, and there are free showers and changing rooms for swimmers to use.

• For drinks, you can’t go past the unique Mana Bar, a video game bar with free entry, affordable cocktail list, events every night of the week and exclusive prizes and giveaways. And for the kid in every one of us you can play any video game, any day of the week for free.

• Brisbane is now home to a number of international film festivals, indicating a growing interest in the town as a thriving cultural hub. 2010 was the first year of The Brazil Film Festival to be hosted in Brisbane.

Nearby Destinations

1. Gold Coast
2. Sunshine Coast
3. Fraser Island
4. Bundaberg
5. Toowoomba 6. Gladstone 7. Hervey Bay 8. Byron Bay

C heap Accommodation & Gold Coast Budget Travel Ideas

Despite its popularity as a destination for thousands of travellers and holiday makers, the Gold Coast offers some of the most affordable luxury accommodation in the country. And while it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of theme parks, trendy bars, and expensive restaurants, there are plenty of options for activities, events and dining for those travelling to the Gold Coast on the cheap. Start with a visit to some of Australia's best known beaches, including Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise - where you can enjoy the best nature has to offer for free. Meanwhile, for the kids, Gold Coast's many theme parks can set you back a bit, but there are a number of great deal packages and discount tickets available to make the big name parks, including Movie World, Sea World and Dreamworld, quite affordable.


Best cheap accommodation in Gold Coast

1. Mantra Legends Hotel Cnr Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Laycock Street, Surfers Paradise 4217 Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the newly refurbished Mantra Legends hotel offers quality accommodation in a prime location.

2. Wyndham Surfers Paradise 3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise 4217 Built in 2009, this brand-new, shiny hotel offers self-contained apartments, with its own ground floor retail and cafe precinct and wine bar.

Find more cheap accommodation in Gold Coast.

When it comes to holidaying in the Gold Coast, there really is something for everyone - and plenty of ideas for the budget conscious traveller. In between all the frolicking in the sunshine, there are a huge number of cheap cultural events, attractions and activities for travellers of all ages.

A perfect place to start is The Gold Coast Arts Centre, which offers a huge variety of exhibitions, concerts and comedy shows every month. Check their website for details on upcoming shows and events, with event tickets starting at just $5. For the shopaholics, Harbour Town Shopping Centre in north Gold Coast is a mall completely dedicated to discount factory outlets from a huge number of famous brands.

While they may be humble, Gold Coast Surf Clubs and RSLs offer great selections of food and drinks for a good cheap feed. Surfers RSL is a popular venue, featuring live entertainment and dancing, free floor shows and a brasserie offering delicious, home-style meals starting at just $7.90.

For the nature addicts, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat is within driving distance. Their Tree Top Walk is free and allows you to walk through the canopy along almost 200 metres of suspension bridges among trees, vines, ferns and offers a close-up view of all the wildlife inhabiting the tree tops.

And of course, there are the beaches! The Gold Coast has over 70 kilometres of beautiful surf and sand and is home to some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world - all of which cost absolutely nothing to visit. Pack a towel, body board, beach cricket set and your sunscreen - and enjoy.

5 star luxury that's cheap and easy!

Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort 158 Ferny Avenue,
Surfers Paradise 4217

One of the finest Gold Coast luxury hotels, the Marriot Resort offers full day spa facilities, on-site activities, and prime beach access.


C heap Gold Coast Travel Tips

• Whale watching season runs from late May to early November, and you can whale watch from just about anywhere on the coast for free, instead of dishing out hundreds of dollars for whale watching cruises. Great locations include Point Danger and the balcony of Southport Surf Life Saving Club.

• Qbar, on level 77 of the recently built QDeck Hotel, is the Gold Coast’s highest altitude lounge bar, offering 360 degree views of the city with surprisingly affordable drinks and a large cocktail menu.

• Of course, no family holiday to the Gold Coast is complete without visiting the spectacular theme parks, and while tickets can be a bit pricey - you can often save by bundling your admission pass with other expenses such as your accommodation.

• Meanwhile, Dreamworld and WhiteWater World offer a great $69 summer passport for unlimited entry to both parks between December and June - so you can come back time and time again.

• The Gold Coast Multicultural Festival is a great free event held annually with food stalls, live music, cultural displays and activities. Keep an eye out for it in September.

Nearby Destinations

1. Surfers Paradise
2. Broadbeach
3. Main Beach
4. Burleigh Heads
5. Coolangatta-Tweed Heads
6. Mermaid Beach

How to Become a Warwick Capper Legend

00018.jpgSome of us aren't born with the good looks and winning personality like Capper. But have no fear - you can still become your own Aussie legend. Here are some tips for getting your name in the headlines - true Capper style!

1. Find your "look" - work out, 5 days a week at the gym at least. Once you've got the body of a hall of fame footy player, like me, show it off. Short shorts in all kinds of colours - fluoros and animal prints and don't forget the tighter the better - girls love that. A good head of hair takes a lot of work, style it 10, 15 times a day. And get yourself some fancy footwear - white boots are making a comeback I hear.

2. Get yourself out there any way you can - no job's too small if it's for TV. Think of your talent, some people are natural born athletes, like me, or maybe you can play the flute with your nose or something. If you really have nothing, and I mean NOTHING at all - you can always run for Parliament...

3. The internet - the internet. I wish I'd had the internet when I was a kid. Look at that Bieber kid - 16 years old with a chick's voice and the girls are throwing
themselves at him. So the internet, get a website, blog, that Twitter thing, Facebook
- everything. Just make sure your friends have hot profile pictures.

4. Find the places to hang out with the big celebrities and get your picture in the social papers. Make like you're best mates when the paparazzi come around - just keep an eye out for any bodyguards on hand. And don't forget to give a big thumbs-up for the cameras.

5. Of course, being famous means getting the car, the girl and the clothes - I spent $5000 on my suit when I got married to Joanne - and it was worth every penny. But, if you find that the money's running out a bit - you might have to do something different for awhile. I say get yourself out there amongst the people - road worker, construction, meter maid - you know, just to keep things real for awhile.

6. Now the media is always gonna
exaggerate and make up wild stories - the crazier the better, I say. But it's good to show your real side too, so a reality TV show is a must. Set up cameras and stream your life 24/7.

7. Charge big bucks to appear wherever they want you to, that way you can get paid to party hard and live a life of fame!

And my final tip, think big - TRAVEL - that's how you'll meet your fans from all over. I always try and get around to places where people will recognise me. Book hotels with - cheap and easy - just like me. 00019.jpg

C heap Accommodation Maroochydore & the Sunshine Coast

When it comes to the dream holiday
getaway, it's all about sandy beaches and stunning surf, which makes the
Sunshine Coast one of the most
popular holiday destinations in
Australia. The many beaches and towns along the Sunshine Coast make the
area a great backdrop for the perfect romantic weekend away or a fun family holiday. There are plenty of destinations to choose from including Noosa,
Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and more.

Once you've had your fill of sun and waves, the Sunshine Coast offers a
number of unique Australian
attractions such as the Big Pineapple in Woombye (which will come to
include a car museum) or the Ginger Factory in Buderim - and best of all, admission is free.

Best cheap accommodation at the Sunshine Coast

1. Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Cnr of The Esplanade & Venning Street, Mooloolaba,
Sunshine Coast 4557

Self-contained family suites
conveniently located near Mooloolaba shops and restaurants and just moments from the beach - what more could you ask for?

A beachside getaway on the Sunshine Coast makes for a great cheap holiday plan - as beaches are always plentiful and free. Of course, finding the right accommodation will be crucial to enjoying your holiday - but you can do it on a budget if you know when and where to look. Staying right on the ocean, of course, offers amazing views and atmosphere, but you might want to consider heading a bit inland for cheap accommodation deals. Meanwhile, backpackers and budget travellers will find plenty of hostels and dorm room style accommodation at the most popular beaches, including Maroochydore and Mooloolaba. For a cheap Sunshine Coast holiday with your family, self-contained apartments have everything you need.

Hiring or taking your own vehicle will give you the option of exploring the Sunshine Coast. Admission is free to the Superbee Honey Factory to learn about the fascinat

2. Sandcastles on the Beach
Cnr of Parkyn Parade & River Esplanade, Mooloolaba,
Sunshine Coast 4557

With your own private balcony and plenty of ocean views, Sandcastles' one bedroom self-contained accommodation are perfect for your next romantic getaway.

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The Sebel Maroochydore
20 Aerodrome Road & Cnr of Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore,
Sunshine Coast 4558

For the ultimate luxury holiday experience, book in a penthouse accommodation at the Sebel Maroochydore with private rooftop terrace. Surrounded in lavish comfort, you're in for a real treat.

ing work of beekeeping and the foundation of Australia's booming honey export industry. Or explore the beautiful bushland and botanic gardens near the coast. Meanwhile, bargain hunters will love trawling through the Eumundi Markets near Noosa looking for beautiful treasures selling for cheap. Meanwhile, there are plenty of local events and celebrations year round, so keep an eye out for announcements or pick up a copy of the local paper.

Nearby Destinations

1. Maroochydore
2. Mooloolaba
3. Caloundra
4. Noosa
5. Alexandra Headlands
6. Coolum
7. Montville


C heap Accommodation & Whitsundays Budget Travel Ideas

When it comes to idyllic holiday destinations, there's little that can match up to the post card perfect experience of the Whitsundays. Made up of 74 separate islands, the Whitsundays is truly a sailing paradise - and surprisingly doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Many tour operators specialise in cheap sailing packages complete with accommodation, food and crew so you can enjoy a great island escape.

For land lubbers, there are plenty of cheap
accommodation options on offer at some of the major island and beach destinations. You'll find budget hostels for backpackers and affordable self-catering apartments for families. Or you can opt to BYO accommodation and spend a night under the stars.

Warwick Capper's Whitsundays Fact:


For those not afraid to bare it all, (and I'm certainly not!), head to
the Taylorwood Resort on Conway Beach - the only nudist resort
on the Whitsundays. Come and get your kit off!



Best cheap accommodation in Whitsundays

1. Daydream Island
Daydream Island, Whitsundays 4741
Make Daydream Island a part of your holiday reality. This 4.5 star resort has everything you need onsite, including day spa, tennis courts, nightclub and restaurants - come for the weekend and stay for the week or more.

2. Club Crocodile Resort Airlie Beach 240 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale, Airlie Beach 4802
Enjoy easy access to all of the Whitsunday Islands from Airlie Beach. With plenty of onboard facilities, Club Crocodile is perfect for your next business conference or for a great family holiday.

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Peppers Coral Coast Resort
Mt Whitsunday Drive,
Airlie Beach 4802

Stay at idyllic Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. These luxury apartment-style accommodation let you enjoy ocean views from your private veranda - for the perfect coastal escape.

Since the 1800s, the Whitsundays islands have beckoned to mainland dwellers with their tranquil beauty and pristine surrounds. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays offer unique island and aquatic experiences that can't be found anywhere else in the world, from snorkelling and diving amongst the one of kind marine life to navigating through the network of islands and coastal beaches.

Best of all, this dream holiday experience doesn't have to cost a fortune with plenty of cheap accommodation options and experiences to enjoy. Start at Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays Great Walk, with trails that are suitable for nature lovers of all fitness levels. You'll also find plenty of local entertainment and dining options along Shute Harbour Road. You can go crocodile spotting or whale watching or try your luck reeling in a great big barramundi at Proserpine.

Once you're done with the shore, head out to one or many of the Whitsunday islands - local tour companies offer cheap sailing trips with accommodation and meals onboard, they're ideal for backpackers and budget travellers looking for the full Whitsundays experience for cheap. You can also enjoy camping under the stars at one of the many campsites on the islands, including Whitsunday Island (the largest island in the area), Hook Island and the Group of Molle Islands that are close to shore. Stay just moments from the beach in the beautiful natural surrounds - this is the million dollar island getaway that you've been dreaming of.

Which island will offer you the perfect Whitsundays escape?



Nearby Destinations

1. Airlie Beach-Proserpine
2. Hamilton Island
3. Daydream Island
4. Long Island
5. Brampton Island 6. Hayman Island


C heap Accommodation & Townsville Budget Travel Ideas

Townsville is the tropical playground of Queensland and the perfect base to discover - or rediscover - the Great Barrier Reef along with tropical rainforest sanctuaries - not to mention the cultural significance of the area. Perfect for family holiday makers or singleton travellers, Townsville offers a slew of accommodation options and fun-filled activities that won't break the bank.

Start with the town of Townsville itself, steeped in rich heritage with plenty of community and cultural centres to explore. Mingle with the locals at the many events and festivals in the area. Of course, once you step outside the city limits, there's so much to uncover - choose between beautiful Reef and Island experiences or explore the rugged Outback - or enjoy both. A must-see is Magnetic Island, a tropical theme park run by Mother Nature herself.


Townsville has something for everyone - and it's the perfect cheap holiday
destination for families, couples or single travellers. Many of the cheap hotels and resorts in the area provide all-inclusive accommodation packages, so you'll have everything you need for your trip. Or stay in cheap accommodation options like backpackers, hostels or campgrounds right on the beach, where you can always enjoy the natural attractions of the area for free.

The town is a great starting point for your holiday - but you'll need to get out and about to really appreciate the unique offerings of the area. Twenty-five minutes off the coast is the majestic Magnetic Island, the perfect setting for your dream island getaway. It features numerous rocky granite headlands that isolate the 23 bays and beaches that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and makes for a great private retreat. You can stay on the island with plenty of cheap accommodation options and packages available.

Travel outside of Townsville and enjoy the rest of Tropical North Queensland where rainforest meets reef. Drive North to Cairns, Port Douglas or Palm Cove for the ultimate holiday in paradise. Or you can opt for the real Outback experience and visit one of the many small towns set farther inland - enjoy a beer with the locals and just shoot the breeze.

Nearby Destinations

1. Magnetic Island
2. Mackay
3. Cairns
4. Port Douglas
5. Bowen
6. Daintree

Best cheap accommodation in Townsville

1. Rydges Southbank Townsville
23 Palmer Street, Townsville 4810

Set in the popular restaurant strip, Rydges offers cheap and easy
accommodation right in the heart of the Townsville.

2. Park Regis Anchorage
51 Palmer Street,
South Townsville 4810

This apartment hotel has all the
amenities, making it the perfect
home away from home during your Townsville holiday.

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Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville 4810 A central part of Townsville's history and one of the main attractions itself, Jupiters multi-award winning
accommodation options offer visitors luxurious accommodation, spectacular views and the full service - all for an affordable price.

Live the Famous Life - Outrageous Celebrity Expenditures

1. Coco Chanel lived in her hotel suite in the Hotel Ritz Paris from 1934 – 1971. If you stayed in the same room today, it would cost $58,071,500 to live there for the 37 years.

2. Johny Depp and Kate Moss destroyed a suite at New York's Mark hotel in 1994. Depp was arrested and released on the condition that he pay the hotel
$9,767.12 in damages and guest fees.

3. Despite doing a stint as a road worker holding a stop go sign for a reported $16.50 an hour, Quickbeds' Warwick Capper is known for some of his own outrageous spending habits including his pink Ferrari and a $5000 suit for his wedding.

4. In August 2007, bad girl Amy Winehouse and hubby Blake Fielder-Civil were involved in a bloody fight at their suite in London's Sanderson Hotel. Damage fees: $18,000.

5. In 1998, P. Diddy splurged on a gigantic birthday party with 1200 big name guests including the likes of Martha Stewart and Penny Marshall, held at Cipriani restaurant in New York City. The party was estimated to cost $500,000.

6. Talk about bling - in 2007, rapper Akon purchased an entire South African diamond mine for an undisclosed amount. The ownership has been controversial and what he calls
"complicated" but he's definitely been making use of the relationship based on the number of pieces in his collection.

7. Liza Minnelli reportedly spent $4 million on her 2002 wedding to music producer David Gest. More than 1,000 guests were invited including Michael and Tito Jackson, Macaulay Culkin, David Hasselhoff, Anthony Hopkins, and Elizabeth Taylor.

8. Over his 25 year career, Nicolas Cage made $3.9 billion dollars but spent every cent so he is now officially penniless.
However, he does own:
• A Gulfstream Jet
• 3 castles
• 4 yachts
• 2 Bahama islands
• 50 sports cars
• 15 palatial mansions in: Newport

Beach, Venice Beach, Malibu, San Francisco, Middletown, Rhode Island, New York, and Las Vegas.

• 67-million-year old dinosaur skull
• Shrunken heads
• Comic book collection worth $1.6 million including the first Superman comic
• In 2007 purchased $33 million worth of assets including residences, 22 cars (9 Rolls Royces included), 12 pieces of jewellery and 47 pieces of artwork.

9. Among his other lavish expenditures, Donald Trump has a 24-hour on-call chef and a $365,000 mobile champagne cooler.

10. Mariah Carey owns a penthouse worth $9 million, which reportedly contains 500 pairs of high heels. She also places some rather extravagant demands on her accommodation including gold faucets to be specially installed and a particular mineral water to bathe in.

11. Guitarist Jeff Beck has had his fingers insured for $1 million each.


12. Heidi Klum's legs are insured for $2.2 million.

13. During a visit to London, Barbra Streisand demanded rose petals in her toilet and peach coloured toilet paper to be placed in her hotel bathroom.

14. Rod Stewart has a special "darkening team" to ensure his hotel room is suitable for his afternoon nap.

15. Think you have a shoe fetish? Filipino politician and wife to the 10th president, Imelda Marcos has had a NYTimes essay written about her collection which includes an estimated 3,000 pairs. Meanwhile, it has been reported that Usher has his own collection of over 10,000 pairs.

16. LA Confidential star, Kim Basinger shelled out $10 million to buy the town of Braselton in Georgia, hoping to turn it into a tourist attraction with a Basinger film festival. She had to sell her town in 1993 due to financial woes.

17. Mum Katie Holmes spent around $20 million in 6 months on real estate purchases, which included a personal gym for 4-year-old Suri Cruise.


C heap Accommodation & Budget Perth Travel Ideas

As one of Australia's fastest growing
capital cities, Perth is emerging as a
trendy cultural hotspot - but it still
remains one of the most affordable cities to live in, which makes planning a cheap holiday in Perth a breeze. Have your pick of cheap accommodation options and enjoy world class dining establishments without the "chef's hat" prices.
Meanwhile, there's plenty to see and do with beautiful beaches, fantastic wineries and great shopping destinations nearby
- all at affordable prices.

Venture out further and explore the
glorious landscape of Western Australia
- Mother Nature's greatest gift to
budget travellers. Enjoy breathtaking views from Federation Walkway at
Kings Park or for those looking for a bit of adventure (and have a bit of puff in their lungs) the nearby Bibbulmun
Walking Track stretches over 963
kilometres from Kalamunda to Albany - with picturesque camping spots to drop into along the way.


Perth is Australia's sunniest capital city with around 3000 hours of sunshine to enjoy annually, so it's a great holiday destination year-round. Perth's CBD is small in size, so you can walk to most places with ease while the public transport system will get you to places like Scarborough Beach on the cheap. The public transport system, Transperth, also operates a free CAT bus system that will take visitors from the CBD to Perth's major suburbs including
Fremantle and Joondalup.

When it comes to things to see and do in Perth, spend a day getting lost in Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, the world's largest urban park stretching close a thousand acres (or 500 hectares) in size. Federation Walkway snakes its way around the treetop canopy; situated 50 metres above ground, it offers some of the best views of the area. Families will love Perth's kid-friendly beaches where they can enjoy swimming, fishing and crabbing -
remember to keep your eyes peeled for the friendly dolphins that frequent the waters.

For a great night on the town, you'll be heading to Northbridge, Perth's
entertainment hot spot that has plenty of first class restaurants and bars to try. With free admission to many of the area's most popular hotels and clubs, you'll have a great night mingling with the city's friendly locals. Keep an eye out for weekday happy hours and cheap meal deals at the local pubs and hotels.

Nearby Destinations

1. Broome
2. Margaret River
3. Kalgoorlie
4. Busselton
5. Albany

Best cheap accommodation in Perth

1. Mountway Holiday Apartments
36 Mount Street, Perth 6000

These self-contained apartments are perfect for families and are located in the heart of the CBD.

2. Rosie O'Grady's
23 William Street, Fremantle 6160

Located in vibrant "Freo", Rosie O Grady's offers cheap room rates and plenty of charm.

3. Perth Ambassador Hotel
196 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 6000

Perched on the city fringe, Perth
Ambassador has all of your creature comforts and amenities at some of the best rates in town.

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Medina Grand Perth
33 Mounts Bay Road, Perth 6000
These exclusive luxury style apartments offer you a private little oasis in the city. With heated pool, gym, spa and sauna - you can holiday in comfort and style.


C heap Accommodation & Adelaide Budget Travel Ideas

Be creatively inspired as you make your way through South Australia, also known as the Festival State. First stop, Adelaide, home of the one-of-a-kind Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. There's plenty of culture and arts to feed your spirit - and even more culinary delights if you're just looking to feed. With more restaurants per head than anywhere else in Australia, Adelaide is a foodie's dream come true.

You'll find plenty of cheap accommodation in Adelaide and many cheap and easy transport options to take you around town, so you can save your pennies for all those fresh food bargains at Central Markets. If you're a budget conscious traveller, you'll be delighted to know you can enjoy so much in Adelaide for oh so little.


In the heart of the city and Adelaide CBD, you'll find plenty of cheap accommodation options in the city and the nearby
surrounds. Once you've located your hotel, you'll find a number of cheap transportation options to take you around town. The City Loop and Bee Line bus services take you around the city free of charge. Meanwhile, visitors and locals alike can hire a free Adelaide City Bike - all you need is a current driver's license or passport.

When it comes to enjoying all that Adelaide has to offer on the cheap, nature is your best provider. The Botanic Gardens offer the perfect spot for a picnic or you can drive north to St Kilda, home of one of the largest mangrove ecosystems in the area. For the ultimate beach holiday, hop on a tram to Glenelg for the best sand and surf along Australia's southern coast.

For those looking to scoop up a bargain, there are plenty of cool vintage shops and markets to scour for cheap and affordable treasures. Adelaide's Central Markets are a must-see with plenty of fresh food stalls and gourmet samples you have to try - or head to the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market for some of the best cheap seasonal produce in Australia. Wind your day up with a tour of Rundle St, where you'll find plenty of bars and hotels that feature live music acts and performances. The locals love The Austral for the music, beer and a good cheap pub feed.

Nearby Destinations Best cheap accommodation in Adelaide

1. BreakFree Directors Studios
259 Gouger Street, Adelaide 5000

A short stroll away from many of
Adelaide's prime attractions
including the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of South Australia

2. Majestic Minima Hotel
146 Melbourne Street,
North Adelaide 5006

Situated in North Adelaide, Minima Hotel offers some of the cheapest
rates for prime quality

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Stamford Plaza Adelaide
150 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
Luxury is oh-so-affordable at the Stamford Plaza. Enjoy a bit of the good life with movies on demand, rooftop heated swimming pool, spa, gym - it even has its own nightclub. This is a destination in itself!

1. Barossa Valley
2. Kangaroo Island
3. Glenelg
4. Mount Gambier 5. Port Lincoln 6. Adelaide Hills 7. Port Augusta 8. Victor Harbour


C heap Accommodation & Tasmania Budget Travel Ideas

With its one of a kind landscape, Tasmania makes the perfect road trip destination and is a great option for a cheap family holiday. Rent a caravan and cruise around the island at your leisure or hire a car and visit the many cities and townships that offer cheap accommodation options to spend the night.

Decide on the number of days you're looking to stay - 5, 7, 10 or more
- and plan your trip around that time frame. Or you can choose a destination based on your ideal holiday experience, whether you want to explore the World Heritage listed Tasmanian wilderness or sample the wines of Tamar Valley. Tasmania has something for everyone - and comes at a very affordable price.


Tasmania, situated just 240 kilometres south of the Australian mainland, offers a unique Australian holiday experience. Unlike the rest of the nation where you could spend days on the road with no sign of civilisation, Tasmania's cities and townships are packed closer together, so it's easy to get around the area. One of the highlights of travelling around Tasmania is staying at one of the many cheap accommodation options that offer a "personal touch", whether it's a quaint B&B, mountain lodge or a charming farm stay.

For most budget travellers, Hobart will be your first stop in Tasmania as many airline operators offer cheap flights to the capital city year-round. The city of Hobart makes a great destination in itself with plenty of historic culture and heritage to uncover. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery includes plenty of natural treasures and artistic masterpieces and admission to the permanent galleries is free. Otherwise, you could spend the day walking around and exploring the city - be sure to stop by Salamanca Markets.

On the road, you'll find plenty of natural wonders worth marvelling at. Vehicle admission to the national parks incurs a fee or you can apply for a 2 month Holiday Pass that covers all parks. (Cost is $30 per person or $60 per vehicle) Motels and motor inns offer cheap and easy stopping points or find some unique accommodation options along the way. You'll also find plenty of cheap hotels to choose from in Devonport or Launceston.

Best cheap accommodation in Tasmania

1. Hotel Charles
287 Charles Street, Launceston 7250
Launceston welcomes a bit of style and class with the opening of the
brand new Hotel Charles in 2010. It offers stylish accommodation at rock bottom rates.

2. Hotel Collins
58 Collins Street, Hobart 7000

In the heart of Hobart, Hotel Collins offers visitors affordable comfort and sophistication in one of the most
vibrant cities in Tasmania.

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The Henry Jones Art Hotel
25 Hunter Street, Hobart 7000

Nothing short of extraordinary, the Henry Jones Art Hotel combines antique luxury with the chic and ultra-modern. With stunning harbour views on offer and a unique European style, this is an accommodation to inspire - that won't break the bank.

Nearby Destinations

1. Hobart 5. Cradle Mountain
2. Devonport 6. Strahan
3. Launceston 7. Queenstown

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Cheap Accommodation Melbourne

A Great Southern Hotel
717 George Street, Sydney 2000
In the heart of Sydney's Chinatown near cheap eats and attractions.

B Metro Hotel Sydney Central
Cnr of Pitt & Campbell Streets, Sydney 2000

Comfortable, affordable and centrally located.

C Capitol Square Hotel
Cnr of George & Campbell Streets, Sydney 2000

Convenient hotel situated in one of Sydney's historic landmark buildings.

D Four Seasons Sydney
199 George Street, Sydney 2000
Divine luxury that won't blow your budget.

A Causeway Inn on the Mall
327 Bourke Street Mall,
Melbourne 3000

The only accommodation on Melbourne's Bourke St Mall.

B Hotel Enterprize
44 Spencer Street, Melbourne 3000
Conveniently located opposite Southern Cross Station.

C Little Collins Hotel
27 Little Collins Street,
Melbourne 3000

Little gem with great rates on beautiful suites.

D Art Series - The Blackman
452 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004
Luxury to inspire the imagination - it's a real work of art!


Cheap Accommodation Brisbane

A Ridge on Leichhardt C 189 Leichhardt Street,
Spring Hills, Brisbane 4000

A short five minute walk to the centre of Brisbane, and located close to the city’s Dentertainment and shopping centres.

B Hotel George Williams Brisbane
317-325 George Street, Brisbane 4000
Located in the heart of the city and received a Green Star rating for supporting environmentally friendly practices.

Citigate King George Square
Cnr Roma & Ann Streets, Brisbane 4000
Walking distance from Queen St Mall shopping precinct.

Treasury Casino & Hotel
Top of the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane 4000

In a heritage listed building with beautiful luxury rooms.


Cheap Accommodation Gold Coast

A Mantra Legends Hotel
Cnr Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Laycock Street,
Surfers Paradise 4217

B Wyndham Surfers Paradise
3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard,
Surfers Paradise 4217

C Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort
158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise 4217



Cheap Accommodation Sunshine Coast

A Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Cnr of The Esplanade & Venning Street, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast 4557

B Sandcastles on the Beach
Cnr of Parkyn Parade & River Esplanade, Mooloolaba 4557

C The Sebel Maroochydore
20 Aerodrome Road & Cnr of Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore 4558


Cheap Accommodation Whitsundays

A Daydream Island
Daydream Island, Whitsundays 4741

Everything you need onsite, including day spa, tennis courts, nightclub and restaurants.

B Club Crocodile Resort Airlie Beach
240 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale, Airlie Beach 4802

Enjoy easy access to all of the Whitsunday Islands from Airlie Beach.

C Peppers Coral Coast Resort
Mt Whitsunday Drive, Airlie Beach 4802
Luxury apartment-style accommodation with ocean views from your private veranda.


Cheap Accommodation Townsville

A Rydges Southbank Townsville
23 Palmer Street, Townsville 4810


B Park Regis Anchorage
51 Palmer Street, South Townsville 4810
C Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville 4810

Cheap Accommodation Adelaide

A BreakFree Directors Studios
259 Gouger Street, Adelaide 5000

A short stroll away from many of Adelaide's prime attractions.

B Majestic Minima Hotel
146 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide 5006
Offers some of the cheapest rates for prime quality accommodation.

C Stamford Plaza Adelaide
150 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000

Movies on demand, rooftop heated swimming pool, spa, gym - it even has its own nightclub.


Cheap Accommodation Perth

A Mountway Holiday Apartments
36 Mount Street, Perth 6000

(Please note this is behind D on the map)

B Rosie O'Grady's
23 William Street, Fremantle 6160


C Perth Ambassador Hotel
196 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 6000


D Medina Grand Perth
33 Mounts Bay Road, Perth 6000



Cheap Accommodation Tasmania

A Hotel Charles
287 Charles Street, Launceston 7250

Stylish accommodation at rock bottom rates.

B Hotel Collins
58 Collins Street, Hobart 7000

Affordable comfort and sophistication in one of the most vibrant cities in Tasmania.
(Please note this is behind C on the map)

C The Henry Jones Art Hotel
25 Hunter Street, Hobart 7000

Combines antique luxury with the chic and ultra-modern and stunning harbour views.

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Chris is an Online Customer Service Consultant and one of the friendly voices behind our phones. If you call 1800 002 333 to book your accommodation there is a chance that Chris could be the one helping you find what you’re looking for. He prefers pubs to clubs and his favourite song that has stood the test of time is ‘Eye of the Tiger’!

Susie McDermott online profile

Susie is a Product Development Manager, covering regions within QLD, SA, TAS and Norfolk Island. It’s Susie’s job to manage existing relationships with our accommodation providers, as well as increase the number of hotels we offer by establishing new relationships. One of the things she spends most of her time doing at work is snacking on strawberries, because she thinks they are absolutely delicious!


Diego Barake online profile

Diego fills the role of Business Development Manager with bucket loads of enthusiasm and laughs. His main role is training, maintaining and growing Quickbeds’ wholesale revenue via Flight Centre Ltd’s Retail & Corporate consultants and is the self-proclaimed “Happiness and Fun” monitor. With his ability to mimic numerous sounds and accents, he is aspiring to be a “voiceover guy” in his spare time.


Jane Duro online profile


Kirsty Muehlegger online profile

Jane is one of the fun and friendly members of our Online Kirsty is a Product Development Manager, covering regions Customer Service Team. If you call 1800 002 333 to book your within NSW. She manages existing relationships with our accommodation there is a chance that Jane could be the one accommodation providers, as well as increase the number of helping you find what you’re looking for. Her favourite song is hotels we offer by establishing new relationships. Kirsty loves the Intergalactic by the Beastie Boys and if she could be any
celebrity for a day it would be Lindsay Lohan, so that she could
spend a day walking around town ranting!
taste of champagne and strawberries, and her favourite animal is the butterfly because each one is so unique.


John Feenaghty online profile

John is the man in charge, our General Manager. Managing all
the Quickbeds’ teams, it’s his role to make sense of all the chaos!
Reading reports, crunching numbers and monitoring business
activity is what gets John out of bed in the mornings. The thing
he likes least is people who don’t take leave, with the motto ‘no
leave, no life’. His favourite animal is a chimpanzee and his most
treasured desk items are photos of his kids.

Melanie Hurst online profile

Melanie is the Quickbeds Finance Manager. She spends all day crunching numbers and managing our accounting duties. In her own words, she is a massive nerd. She likes the numbers, “LOOVVEEES” finding efficiencies, explaining finance things to people and filing. If Melanie could own anything it would be a magic pudding, the reason why is too long to fit here!


Julia Welch online profile

Julia is our Product Co-ordinator, responsible for managing communication with our suppliers, the comparison of room rates with our competitors, responses to emails from suppliers and much more depending upon where the day takes her. Julia’s favourite animal is a horse because she enjoys a day at the races where she can get dressed up, hang out by the track and place bets on them!


Sabrina Batten online profile

Sabrina is the Team Leader of our Online Customer Service Team. Along with helping our customers, it’s her role to look after the team and ensure that all our customer’s get the best service. She must also manage any requests from her team and keep a smile on all their faces. Her ideal man is Simon Baker and if she could own anything in the world it would be a device to live forever!


Kathryn Shannon online profile


Stephanie Whitehead online profile

Kathryn is one of our Online Customer Service Consultants, Stephanie is one of the fun and friendly members of our Online however would prefer her title to be ‘Queen of Awesome’! If you Customer Service Team. If you call 1800 002 333 to book your call 1800 002 333 to book your accommodation there is a accommodation there is a chance that Stephanie could be the chance that the ‘Queen of Awesome’ will be the one helping you one helping you find what you’re looking for. The most treasured find what you’re looking for. If she could own anything in the item on her desk is a ball of blu-tac that she is always playing world it would be a villa in Tuscany. with and if she could own anything in the world it would be

BumbleBee from the Transformers movie.

Tim Mitchell online profile


Tom Jacob online profile

Tim is an Accountant for Quickbeds and numbers are his thing. Tom is the Team Leader of our Product Team as well as the Managing daily reporting, looking after pay or related enquiries Product Development Manager for regions within WA and VIC. from certain teams and educating them on financial matters are He is responsible for ensuring that the Product Team meet just some of the jobs that make up Tim’s day. If he could have expectations set by the rest of the business, along with anything in the world it would be a genie to grant him wishes and managing existing supplier relationships and establishing new a hoverboard from ‘Back to the Future’. ones. Tom spends most of his day at work climbing under his

desk to plug in the Blackberry charger that he keeps kicking out of the socket!

Your C heap & Easy Travel Guide with Warwick Capper

Published by, January 2011.

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