A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Fraser Island vs. Byron Bay

Should you visit Fraser Island or Byron Bay?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Fraser Island and Byron Bay. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island, located off Australia's eastern Queensland coast, is the world's largest sand island. It is best known as a camping and ecotourism destination, with a number of panoramic viewpoints, beaches, lakes, and freshwater pools. Hervey Bay, a beachside city on the nearby mainland, is a primary gateway to the island.

Byron Bay

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 Fraser Island?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Fraser Island is $252, while the average daily cost in Byron Bay is $127. 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 Fraser Island and Byron Bay in more detail.




Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $220 for a double occupancy room in Fraser Island.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Byron Bay is $110. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Fraser Island $110
    Byron Bay $55
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Fraser Island $220
    Byron Bay $110


Food

While meal prices in Fraser Island can vary, the average travelers spends about $58 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Fraser Island should cost around $23 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Fraser Island is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

Byron Bay food costs typically run travelers around $51 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Fraser Island $58
    Byron Bay $51

Typical Food prices in Byron Bay

Some typical examples of dining costs in Byron Bay are as follows:


  • Dinner at Olivo (for 2)
    $69

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: $166
  • Byron Bay Kayaking with Dolphins and Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner: $224
  • Byron Bay Surfing Lesson and Mount Warning Sunrise Climb Including Overnight Camping and BBQ Dinner: $224


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Fraser Island is $133 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.

The average price of local transportation around Byron Bay is $23 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Fraser Island $133
    Byron Bay $23

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: $79


Entertainment

Fraser Island's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $67 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.

Byron Bay's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $41 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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Fraser Island $67
    Byron Bay $41

Typical Entertainment prices in Byron Bay

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Byron Bay are as follows:


  • Buddha Gardens Spa (for 2)
    $147
  • Surf Lesson
    $50

Tours and Activities in Byron Bay

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Byron Bay are as follows:

  • Scenic Sunset River Cruise: $47
  • Experience The Thrill Half Day Surf School in Byron Bay: $51
  • Grasshoppers Byron Bay - Nimbin Tour: $51
  • Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay Guided Tour: $55
  • Sunset River Cruise near Byron Bay: $55
  • 3-Hour Dolphin Spotting Kayak Tour in Byron Bay: $56
  • 3-Hour Kayak with the Dolphins Tour: $56
  • Byron Stand Up Paddle Nature Tour: $59
  • 3-Hour Small-Group Byron Bay Tour: $67
  • Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve: $70
  • Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience: $71
  • Byron Bay Half-Day Tour: $72


Alcohol

The average person spends about $16 on alcoholic beverages in Fraser Island per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $7.93 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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Fraser Island $16
    Byron Bay $7.93

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: $116
  • Full Barrel Brewery and Distillery tour: $141



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Fraser Island and Byron Bay, we can see that Fraser Island is more expensive. And not only is Byron Bay much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Byron Bay would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Byron Bay 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 Fraser Island would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Fraser Island than you might in Byron Bay.

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