Best Australian Hotel Booking Sites 2017 – Travel Guide and Reviews

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Best Australian Hotel Booking Sites – Travel Guide and Reviews

Looking for the best Australian Hotel Booking Site in 2017? Like the rest of the world Australia’s hotel booking landscape is dominated by some of the big players like Expedia and booking.com who are part of the massive US priceline group. Interestingly the priceline brand hasn’t really made a big play into the Australian market as yet. Some smaller local companies are still holding their own against these international companies. The following is a list of our Top 10 favorite hotel booking websites for Australians travelling locally and international.

 

Webjet


Webjet.com.au is one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading online travel agencies offering hotels, flights, car hire, cruises and packages. The hotel site offers over 150,00 hotels worldwide and this site is probably the best sites for booking local flights. I have only ranked them at number 10 because I have found that they do add a booking charge at the end of the checkout process which bumps the price up.

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Hotels Combined


Hotelscombined.com.au have been doing a lot of advertising lately and offer the best deals from all the other travel sites. They compare booking.com, Expedia, hotels.com and others to show you the best options and prices for hotels. They promise no booking fee or markup on any of their hotel rooms and we have found some good deals booking on this site. Worth a look

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Trivago


Trivago is a German company who are now owned by Expedia and have setup an office in Australia and have sites around the world.  Similar to Hotels Combined, Trivago actually searches other hotels sites to provide you with the best deals. We really like the minimal homepage which looks similar to the well know google homepage. You can find some great bargains.

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Flight Centre


Flight Centre is one of Australia’s leading travel agents with physical stores who also own Escape Travel, Quickbeds and a few other well known brands. This website is different to others on the list as the final booking is made via a consultant. Some people prefer this personal touch and some good deals can be made however our preference is to use the other sites to find better deals.

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Hello World


Helloworld.com.au is a network of Australian travel companies that were combined as a new brand in 2013. Created from Harvey World Travel, Jetset Travel and Travelworld among others Helloworld is now one of the the biggest travel providers in the country. Helloworld offers physical travel agencies as well as their online booking site where you can book flights, hotels, car hire cruises and more. 

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Hotels.com


Hotels.com is also part of the Expedia group with a great Australian website and also offers local Sydney based contact number. You can book from millions of hotels and also pickup last minute deals.

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Trip Advisor


TripAdvisor is one of the worlds biggest travel sites more know for travel reviews and online travel forums. Recently they have made a big push into online hotel booking.  Previously when selecting hotels you would be redirected you one of their partner sites however now you can book directly on TripAdvisor website (Redirection is still an option). This is fantastic and allows you to do your research and then book your hotel all on the one site. 

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Wotif


Wotif is an Australian site that has been around since 2000 and is now part of the Expedia group of companies. Wotif offers hotel bookings as well as airfares, packages and car hire. They offer millions of rooms in Hotels domestically in Australia, New Zealand and worldwide. 

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Expedia Australia


Expedia.com.au is probably our favorite Australian travel site offering flights, hotels, car hire and more. For hotels we have ranked it number 2 as sometimes the pricing doesn’t seem to be as good as some of the competition. You can create an account and add a scratchpad which helps you plan your travels and save hotels that you can easily return to and book.

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Booking.com


Booking.com is part of the massive Priceline group of travel companies and in my opinion offers the best prices and choices for hotels locally and worldwide. Booking.com offers almost 1 million properties worldwide in 224 countries and has over 90 million unbiased reviews. The perfect place to book your next hotel.

As you can see there are some great options available for Australians booking hotels however slowly the big international companies like priceline and Expedia are buying up the main contenders. Luckily Helloworld, Flight Centre and others are offering some competition in the local market to stop skyrocketing prices.

Husband and Dad of 2 Richard is the founder of Top 10 Travel and loves everything travel related. Based in Australia he has trekked Annapurna and parts of western China, spend time in Europe and had some amazing family trips to the USA.

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