There’s nothing quite like a great deal to be had on the outback.
Whether it’s an inn or a restaurant, camping or a bush camp, the outbacks have plenty to offer.
And, for many travellers, the perfect spot to spend the night will be a hotel or motel.
With a vast array of rooms to choose from, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of finding the perfect accommodation.
But there’s a catch, and it’s that you need to apply for your visa to stay in Australia.
If you don’t, you could be fined $5000.
The ABC’s Stephanie Bennett reports.
1:14:30 The ABC has spoken to some travellers who have spent their whole life in the outposts of Australia and have found themselves struggling to get visa approvals.
But that’s not to say they didn’t have some success.
Some have found their visas cancelled when they arrived in the country, while others have been granted a visa but not the required paperwork.
We caught up with one of the most experienced travellers, Ryan, to find out how he’s got his visa to travel to the Outback.
“I’m in Australia for five months,” he said.
“In the last two weeks I’ve been to Bali and I’ve booked an accommodation in the resort city of Tampines.”
Ryan says his visa has been cancelled twice.
“It was cancelled because the local authorities didn’t approve my visa application,” he explained.
“The authorities said they don’t know anything about my situation.
They said they didn, I don’t have a passport.”
So, why would you want to travel in Australia when you can rent an apartment in the Outbacks?
Ryan says it’s not just the weather, but also the quality of accommodation, and the fact you get to visit different parts of the country.
“That’s what I like about this place,” he laughed.
“You can get a different experience from a different culture.”
The ABC contacted several hotels in Australia, but none were willing to speak on camera about their business, and most refused to give us a list of any of the rooms they offer in their facilities.
The majority of the hotels that spoke to us declined to give a hotel list, but some hotel managers did speak on the record.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says in 2015, hotels contributed about $12.9 billion to the economy.
Some hotels are more likely to be found in towns and cities than regional areas, where people are more accustomed to staying in hotels.
However, in the last 10 years, the proportion of hotels in the capital has increased from 14 per cent to 24 per cent, according to data from the Australian Bureau. 1