Should you visit Alice Springs or Byron Bay?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Alice Springs and Byron Bay 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.
South of Brisbane, off the Pacific Highway, is the coastal town of Byron Bay. It is close to Cape Byron, which is the easternmost point in mainland Australia. Byron Bay makes its way onto most traveler's itineraries because of its wonderful beach activities. The area is world famous for its waves, making it popular with surfers, but it also has incredible scuba diving, whale watching, and a generally relaxed atmosphere. The area continues to rise in popularity with travelers and as such, amenities and facilities are popping up everywhere.
Which city is cheaper, Byron Bay or Alice Springs?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Alice Springs is $87, while the average daily cost in Byron Bay is $124. 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 Byron Bay in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $92 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.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Byron Bay is $106. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
The average traveler spends about $22 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.
Byron Bay food costs typically run travelers around $49 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Alice Springs $22
Byron Bay $49
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 Byron Bay
Some typical examples of dining costs in Byron Bay are as follows:
Dinner at Olivo (for 2)
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Byron Bay
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Byron Bay.
Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner:
Byron Bay Kayaking with Dolphins and Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner:
Byron Bay Surfing Lesson and Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner:
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 $18 per person, per day on transportation in Alice Springs.
The average price of local transportation around Byron Bay is $22 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alice Springs
Also for Alice Springs, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) Coach Transfer:
Kings Canyon to 1-Way Transfer and Stop:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Byron Bay
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Byron Bay:
Private Byron Bay Transfer to Gold Coast Airport 7am-6pm:
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.
Byron Bay's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $40 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Tours and Activities in Alice Springs
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Alice Springs.
Skip the Line: Alice Springs School of the Air Guided Tour Ticket:
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Entry and Tour Ticket:
Alice Springs Desert Park General Entry Ticket:
Alice Springs Camel Tour:
A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs:
West MacDonnell Ranges Half-Day Tour from Alice Springs:
Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour:
West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour:
Palm Valley 4WD Day Tour:
Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs:
Best of Alice Springs Full Day Tour:
Palm Valley Full-Day 4WD Adventure from Alice Springs:
Typical Entertainment prices in Byron Bay
Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Byron Bay are as follows:
Tours and Activities in Byron Bay
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Byron Bay are as follows:
3-Hour Dolphin Spotting Kayak Tour in Byron Bay:
3-Hour Kayak with the Dolphins Tour:
3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay:
3-Hour Small-Group Byron Bay Tour:
5 hour - Byron Bay Cycling Tour + Lunch:
5-Hour Byron Bay Introductory Scuba Diving Tour:
Beyond Byron Hinterland Tour:
Byron Bay 3-Hour Certified Dive Tour:
Byron Bay Combo: Hinterland Tour Including Minyon Falls and Kayaking with Dolphins:
Byron Bay Half-Day Tour:
Byron Bay Hinterland Tour Including Rainforest Walk to Minyon Falls:
Byron Bay Lighthouse and Hinterland Tour:
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.
The average person spends about $7.69 on alcoholic beverages in Byron Bay per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Typical Alcohol prices in Alice Springs
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Alice Springs:
Sample the Local Flavors in Byron Bay
Also in Byron Bay, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Afternoon session Brewery and Distillery tour in Byron Bay:
Full Barrel Brewery and Distillery tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Alice Springs and Byron Bay, we can see that Byron Bay 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 Byron Bay would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Byron Bay than you might in Alice Springs.
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