A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Alice Springs vs. Rockhampton

Should you visit Alice Springs or Rockhampton?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Alice Springs and Rockhampton can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Alice Springs

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.

Rockhampton

Rockhampton is a city in Queensland, Australia with a population of around 75,000. It dates back to 1855 and historically the economy was driven by gold, mining, and agriculture. Today it feels more bustling than you would expect in an "outback town." There's traffic, suburban sprawl, and continuing growth and development. The city sits on the Fitzroy River about 45 kilometers from the river's mouth.

Which city is cheaper, Rockhampton 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 Rockhampton is $204. 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 Rockhampton in more detail.




Accommodation

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.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $246 in Rockhampton For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alice Springs $48
    Rockhampton $123
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alice Springs $96
    Rockhampton $246


Food

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.

The average traveler spends about $59 per day in Rockhampton 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Alice Springs $23
    Rockhampton $59

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: $209


Local Transportation

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.

Rockhampton'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 $20 per person, per day on transportation in Rockhampton.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alice Springs $19
    Rockhampton $20

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: $142
  • Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) Coach Transfer: $118


Entertainment

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 Rockhampton can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $53 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alice Springs $13
    Rockhampton $53

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: $662
  • 3-Day Uluru Camping Tour from Alice Springs Including Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon: $340
  • 3-Day Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon 4WD Small-Group Eco-Tour from Alice Springs: $2,707
  • A Town Like Alice: Half-Day Tour of Alice Springs: $85
  • Alice Springs Camel Tour: $64
  • Alice Springs Desert Park General Entry Ticket: $29
  • Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour: $92
  • Alice Springs Telegraph Station Entry and Tour Ticket: $12
  • Alice Springs, Uluru Ayers Rock & Kings Canyon 8 Days Touring Package: $2,686
  • 3-Day Camping Tour to Ayers Rock: $322
  • Best of Alice Springs Full Day Tour: $142
  • Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley 1 Day 4WD Tour: $394

Tours and Activities in Rockhampton

For Rockhampton, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 Day Rockhampton Highlights Private Tour with Pickup: $178
  • Tropical Beach Adventure - Private 4X4 Day Tour with Pickup: $178


Alcohol

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.

Typically, people visiting Rockhampton spend on average $7.27 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alice Springs $16
    Rockhampton $7.27
Typical Alcohol prices in Alice Springs

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Alice Springs:


  • Glass of Wine in Alice Springs
    $5.40



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Alice Springs and Rockhampton, we can see that Rockhampton 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 Rockhampton would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Rockhampton than you might in Alice Springs.

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