Carry On Luggage Only Australia

Jetstar_787_at_Sydney_AirportWith a growing family (5 any day now!) who still wants to travel, optimizing our travel costs is very important to us.

Flights make up a large percentage of our total travel expenses. So using affordable low cost airlines makes sense.

The problem with low cost/budget airlines is every extra comes with a fee. Want food? want to sit together? Want checked luggage? wifi? $$$$

Checked luggage on some airline can cost up to $50 per flight. Learning to pack and fly carry on only is a new skill we will be trying to use as a family.

Below is a link to a blog which a family used carry on only for a 3.5 month trip to Europe.

Packing for Europe in Summer: Carry On Only Packing List

Being based in Perth, Australia we are at the doorstep to South East Asia below is a list of Australian and Asian budget airline with carry on bag limits as of May 2019.

Jetstar: 56cm x 36cm x 23cm + small bag total 7kg

AirAsia: 56cm x 36cm x 23cm + small bag total 7kg

Scoot: 54cm x 38cm x 23cm + small bag total 10kg

Tiger Air: 54cm x 38cm x 23cm + small bag total 7kg


Here is a link to a backpack which I will be looking into for future trips. (not a affiliate link)


Any other families have carry on only tips?

Dunsborough Family Holiday


Our week in Dunsborough started with a plan to stay one night for a family friend’s wedding. A house/apartment large enough for us to fit was going to cost $250/night with a minimum of 2 night stay.

Instead we again used one of the holiday home program offered through Mr FMT’s employer, instead of costing $500 for 2 night we only paid $410 for a week!

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It was also a good chance for the three of us to getaway before the birth of the twins in coming months.


Our mornings were spent in playgrounds around Dunsborough and Yallingup. Afternoon we headed to the beaches of Meelup and surrounding areas.

One morning we decided to take our daughter to Country Life Farm, it was a full on morning of feeding animals, playing on bouncy castles, driving bumper cars.


Half the time we ate at home utilizing the full kitchen. The rest was spend at local bakeries, fish and chips on the beach, trying some thai takeaway.


We even tested out some of the many flavors of Simmo’s ice cream, which has a large playground and a “ice cream eating emu.”

Accommodation 7 days $410

Spending Money $414.5

Total $824.5 $117.78/day

Adelaide and South Australia Family Holiday Travel Hack

Early in the year we took our one year old daughter from Western Australia to South Australia to meet my wife’s family without paying for airfares.


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We wanted to take the trip before our daughter turned 2 and we had to pay for a extra seat on the plane. But we ended up not needing to even pay for airfares.

5 months earlier, I signed up to a credit card with 65,000 bonus points as long as you hit minimum $2,000 spend for 2 months.

Perth to Adelaide return flight- $350 x2 =$700 Savings

To round up the spending required I bought Coles Group gift cards to make up the required spend. (Coles, Kmart, Office-work, Target, Liquor-land, Coles Express) So I could use on everyday expenses in the following months (groceries, fuel etc)

Not only did we get a chance for our daughter to meet her great grandma’s and extended family but we got to see a good amount of South Australia.

From free museums and parks in Adelaide, to the historic town of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills.  As well as enjoying the beaches in Tumby Bay, Port Lincoln and Oyster Bay

We did decide to splurge in Port Lincoln to have a upmarket ocean view room, looking over the ocean. Which in our opinion was totally worth the extra expense. (see photos)

Accommodation – 10 days $862.7 (2 nights with family) 

Spending money – $1030.34

Transport – Hire car and taxi’s $906.46

Total – $2,799.50 $279.50/day/family

Have you used frequent flyer points for a holiday? 

What do you think of South Australia?

Does anyone have some tips for reduces the cost of a Hire Car?

Margaret River Family Holiday September 2017


A throwback to last year and our first holiday away since the birth of our daughter 6 months earlier.

Our accommodation was a 2 bed cabin in a caravan park on the river. The cabin averaged out to $71/night which in Margaret River is 30% cheaper then the normal nightly rate. Saving is $200 over the week stay.

The cabin is part of holiday home program offered through Mr FMT’s employer. For $150/year membership, has paid for itself in the first holiday and we still have future holidays planned.

We went out for lunch most days enjoying breweries and wineries in the south west region.

Most nights we either cooked or brought back some takeaway to our cabin because nights are difficult enough with a new baby.

Most of our entertainment was free- bushwalking, beautiful beaches, cheese and chocolate tastings. We did pay to go down some caves which we hadn’t done before and was good fun.

Accommodation $500 for 7 days

Expenses $990 including food, transportation, entertainment.

Total $1,490 $212/family/day

Our Margaret River Trip wasn’t the cheapest week away but was a well earn rest after a sleepless 6 months as new parents.

What do you think of Margaret River? Has your workplace got any holiday home or similar programs?

Albany Family Holiday

Albany is a small city, located on the south coast of Western Australia, 414km from Perth. It reminds me of a larger version of Esperance and has plenty of history, things to do and places to eat.

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We stayed in a 3 bedroom house on Mount Merivale, overlooking Princess Royal Harbour. The house is part of holiday home program offered through Mr FMT’s employer. For $150/year membership it offers discounted holiday homes around Australia and New Zealand.


Our days were spent enjoying at the beaches, national parks and playgrounds. On the rainy days we went to the swimming pool, local museums such as Cheynes Beach Whaling Station, National Anzac Centre, Princess Royal Fortress and Museum of the Great Southern.


Fun fact: Albany was the first European settlement established in Western Australia. It was settled three years before the Swan River Colony (Perth) was claimed in 1829.

Some of the National Parks we visited during our stay were Two People National Park (Little Beach), Tornidirrup National Park (The Gap), Williams Bay National Park (Green Pools and Elephant Rocks, Denmark)


We also took our daughter to Old Marron Farm, which is a animal farm to cuddle the guinea pigs, rabbits, ponies, pigs, and horses. To treat ourselves, we went to local cheese and chocolate factory.


Fun fact: Albany whaling station was Australia’s last whaling station to close in 1978.

Most dinners we enjoyed home cooked meals, a couple nights we had takeaway, going to a restaurant for dinner with a toddler isn’t super fun. Half of our lunches we ate out at local breweries or cafes.

Albany has all the beaches and national parks of Esperance but is a couple hours away. We will definitely be back to explore more, hopefully in summer next time.

Accommodation: 7 days $410

Spending  Money:  $810 including two car travel days. 

Total $1,220 $174/day

Esperance December 2017

Esperance is a lovely beach town, it is just a long way from anywhere.


Located 714km South East of Perth, it takes a full day’s travel each way, but with 105 island and countless secluded bays and national parks it makes for a rewarding trip.

We stayed in a 3 bedroom house right on the foreshore in the centre of town, only a short walk to the Jetty and Coffee van. The house is part of holiday home program offered through Mr FMT’s employer. For $150/year membership it offers discounted holiday homes around Australia and New Zealand.

Our days were spent enjoying at the beaches and parks, only on a rainy day we spent the morning at the local swimming pool.

Most dinners we enjoyed home cooked meals, only going out one night to the pub and once to have a easy Chinese takeaway before out drive back home.img_6377

The beaches are amazing and if Esperance was a few hours closer I imagine we would spend alot more time there.

Accommodation: 7 days $400

Spending  Money:  $793 including two car travel days. 

Total $1,193 $170/day