If you are travelling on a budget there are youth hostels, backpacker hostels and caravan/camping parks.
The term "hotel", does not necessarily mean the same in Australia as it does everywhere else in the world. Traditionally, an Australian hotel was a place to drink.
Hostels and backpackers' accommodation are excellent value and are good places to meet other travelers.
There's often a choice of dormitories, double or family rooms, plus bike rental, kitchen, games room, TV, a pool, and help with finding work or organizing trips. Many have useful noticeboards, organized activities and tours.
Their double rooms might be poorer value than local hotel accommodation - affiliation to an organization does not ensure quality. Most hostels provide blankets, but they don't always include sheets; you usually pay extra to rent them, but it's a wise precaution to carry a sheet, or a sleeping bag at least.
Expect to pay between $15 and $20 a night for a bed in a dorm, or $30 to $40 for a double room.
Budget Travel Accommodation is provided by hostels and backpackers' lodges. Youth hostels are found throughout the country, though there is a greater concentration nearby cities.
Australian Youth Hostel Association National Office
422 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Tel 61-2-92611111, Fax 61-2-95651325