Should you visit Alice Springs or Brisbane?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Alice Springs and Brisbane can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Alice Springs is in the middle of Central Australia and is most famous as a base for exploring the famous rock, Uluru. Alice Springs itself has grown dramatically from what was once a small outpost. The tourist boom began in the early 1980s and the population is now somewhere around 28,000. The city now has all of the necessary facilities to cater to the influx of tourists who swing through to see Uluru. The town is 1500km from Darwin, which is the closest major city. Adelaide is just as far to the south. It's remote location means that costs can be higher than they are elsewhere in Australia. Expect to pay more for anything from fruits and vegetables to clothing and souvenirs. When making a reservation for a hotel, do note that the rating scale differs from elsewhere in Australia or in most western countries. The ratings come from the amenities available and have little to do with the actual room quality.
Although Brisbane is often overlooked as a travel destination in Australia, it is the capital of the state of Queensland, and is the third largest city in Australia. It's a very young and vibrant city with an active nightlife and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. It's a modern and economically thriving city and, if you do have time to visit, it actually has a lot to offer travelers. It has some beautiful scenery, a wonderful warm climate all year long, and is actually one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.
Which city is cheaper, Brisbane or Alice Springs?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Alice Springs is $90, while the average daily cost in Brisbane is $123. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Alice Springs and Brisbane in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $96 for a double occupancy room in Alice Springs If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $152 in Brisbane For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $23 per day in Alice Springs for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
On average, meal and food prices in Brisbane cost around $29 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $12.
Meals for one day
Alice Springs $23
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alice Springs
For Alice Springs, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner:
Typical Food prices in Brisbane
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Brisbane:
Cup of Coffee
Chinese Food Lunch
Coffee & Muffin
Morning Mint Tea
Veggie Burger & Chips
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Brisbane
For Brisbane, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Brisbane Food Tour: A Taste of Queensland:
3-Course Progressive Dinner Experience in Brisbane:
Queensland Food Tour: Farm-to-Table Indulgence:
Alice Springs's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $19 per person, per day on transportation in Alice Springs.
Brisbane's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $17 per person, per day on transportation in Brisbane.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alice Springs
Also for Alice Springs, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Kings Canyon to 1-Way Transfer and Stop:
Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) Coach Transfer:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Brisbane
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Brisbane:
Airtrain to the City
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Brisbane
Also for Brisbane, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
8-Day Authentic Outback Adventure Tour of Cunnamulla Including Round-Trip Air Transfer from Brisbane:
Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Brisbane CBD to Gold Coast Airport Transfer:
Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Brisbane CBD to Gold Coast Airport Transfer:
Private Transfer from Brisbane Airport to Noosa for 1 to 7 people:
Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Brisbane CBD to a GC Theme Park Transfer:
Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Brisbane CBD to a GC Theme Park Transfer:
Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Brisbane CBD to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Transfer:
Private 24 Seat Mini Bus CBD to Brisbane Airport Transfer:
Private Brisbane Airport Arrival Transfer to Gold Coast:
Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Brisbane CBD to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Transfer:
Luxury Brisbane Airport Transfers To and From Surfers Paradise for 2 Person:
Sirromet Winery All inclusive Lunch @ Lurleens, Tour, Tastings and Transfers:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Alice Springs can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $13 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Brisbane can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $22 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Alice Springs
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Alice Springs.
3-Day Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) via Kings Canyon Tour:
3-Day Uluru Camping Tour from Alice Springs Including Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon:
3-Day Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon 4WD Small-Group Eco-Tour from Alice Springs:
A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs:
Alice Springs Camel Tour:
Alice Springs Desert Park General Entry Ticket:
Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour:
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Entry and Tour Ticket:
Alice Springs, Uluru Ayers Rock & Kings Canyon 8 Days Touring Package:
3-Day Camping Tour to Ayers Rock:
Best of Alice Springs Full Day Tour:
Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley 1 Day 4WD Tour:
Typical Entertainment prices in Brisbane
For Brisbane, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Tours and Activities in Brisbane
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Brisbane.
4-Day Jewels of the Outback Gemstone Hunting Tour from Brisbane:
5-Day Cunnamulla Outback Wildlife Backpacking Tour from Brisbane:
5-Day Outback Farm and Wildlife Experience from Brisbane:
Australia Zoo Full-Day Day Tour from Brisbane & Gold Coast:
Bay Island Tour - Scenic Flight:
Best Of Brisbane Day Tour incl. Lone Pine - Half Day Private Customised tour:
Boutique Brisbane to Cairns Australian east coast tour - 8 Day small group:
Brisbane Day in the Country Full-Day Small-Group Tour with Lunch:
Brisbane Self-Guided Audio Tour:
Brisbane to Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass:
Afternoon River Sightseeing Cruise:
River Cruise with Lunch:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Alice Springs, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $16.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Brisbane, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $48.
Typical Alcohol prices in Alice Springs
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Alice Springs:
Typical Alcohol prices in Brisbane
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Brisbane:
Evening at the Bar
Sixpack of Beer
Sixpack of Beer
Sample the Local Flavors in Brisbane
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Brisbane:
Deluxe Wine Tasting Tour Mt Tamborine Includes 2 course Lunch:
From Tamborine Afternoon Wine Tour:
Morning or Afternoon Brisbane Half-Day Brewery Tour:
Mt Tamborine Wine Tour:
Brisbane Half-Day Private Brewery Tour:
Hinterland Heritage Wine Tour:
Northern Rivers food & Wine Tour from Brisbane:
Two Day xxxx Brewery and Tamborine Winery Tour:
Private Full Day Wine Tour from Brisbane to Tamborine Mountain:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Alice Springs and Brisbane, we can see that Brisbane is more expensive. And not only is Alice Springs much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Alice Springs would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Alice Springs and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Brisbane would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Brisbane than you might in Alice Springs.
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