East Coast or West Coast of Australia

 

East Coast or West Coast

It’s a given that when a person is surrounded by stores, they shop. Doesn’t matter whether it’s clothes or a sandwich in the shop around the corner. Life in the city is usually more expensive than life outside the city. At the same time, the temptation to buy stuff is a lot less outside the city. This theory also goes for Australia. But why is life on the east coast often more expensive than life on the west coast?

 

There isn’t really a big difference between the prices in stores, in public places, restaurants or hostels/hotels on the west coast and the east coast. The difference lays in whether you choose to live in the city or outside of it. On the west coast, besides a few (big) cities, there’s a lot of nature and ‘emptiness’. The more developed areas are further apart. However, on the east coast the (big) cities and villages are directly next to each other (by the coast). To find all the nature and ‘emptiness’, you will have to dive into the country a little further. Once you’re not near the ‘temptations’, you’ll spend less.

The East Coast

It’s well-known that the east coast is seen as the party route. On the east coast, there are more cities and villages in comparison to the west coast. The east coast offers more bars, discos and clubs. For the tourist, it’s easier to have a night out because all the facilities are there. The east coast is densely populated, so you’ll always have someone that wants to go with you. The temptation to grab a beer on the terrace or to buy a sandwich in the shop around the corner of the street is greater because developed areas are closer together and you’re constantly confronted with this wherever you travel to (along side the east coast up or down).

 

Because the east coast has more cities/towns, it’s harder to go camping. Although in some cases, it is possible (far from the center), there are also cheaper hostels. However, accommodation is still relatively more expensive in the (big) cities, than outside of them. So, because there are more cities along the eastern coast, you’re forced to spend more money there.

 

Sidney is a very expensive city. The prices are relatively higher than in other cities. Don’t have a lot of money to spend? Try to find your way away from the city.

 

When you travel more into the country you’ll quickly find yourself back in the national parks, where you can camp for almost nothing or sometimes even for free.

 

 

Sleeping in the car in parking lots is becoming harder and harder on the east coast. More and more often, you’ll find signs in the parking lots which say you’re not allowed to spend the night there. This forces you to find alternatives to spend the night like in hostels/hotels or maybe eventually you’ll find a campsite (in the city).

 

However, there are ways to save money when living in the city. Read more about this under tips to save.

 

The west coast

Although the west coast has a few big cities, there’s mainly ‘emptiness’. Big national parks lay directly next to the main road, which makes it easy to camp somewhere to save money. Along the west coast, there are long roads, with lots of parking opportunities. Here there are also lots of places where you can spend the night, but there are very few facilities. Consult the Camps Australia Wide camping guide for this.

 

Along the west coast, there are still plenty of places where you can sleep in your car in a parking lot. But make sure you pay attention to the signs. It would be a pity if your night’s rest was disturbed by the police.

 

The temptation to buy things isn’t so great when traveling along the western coastline. Because of the emptiness, you won’t be tempted to purchase something too quickly.

 

 

 

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