How to get a good last-minute summer holiday deal in Australia

Is it still possible to get a good deal on a holiday this summer?

There are still some deals around, but the bargain basement is shrinking fast and you'll need to get moving.

According to a Flight Centre spokesperson, you won't find anything at all over the week between Christmas and New Year but there are still some attractive deals along the Queensland coast, on the Gold Coast and Mooloolaba and the rest of the Sunshine Coast.

December/January is wet season in Australia's north, and that means Far north Queensland is another place to look for empty rooms at reasonable prices.

This might also be a good time to look for destinations where you can tailor your food costs to make up for the higher cost of accommodation, which puts self-catering apartments and popular holiday regions with plenty of competition in the restaurant trade, such as the Gold Coast, in the sweet spot.

Flights at this time of the year are going to be expensive.

A driving holiday makes sense, especially for a family, and here Air BnB comes to the rescue.

Another plus - home owners who advertise their property on the site are less inclined to inflate their prices during periods of high demand.

Choose a property with kitchen facilities and you can avoid the cost of eating out at every meal.

Within Victoria AirBNB still has plenty to offer in December and January in the alpine country, the Daylesford/Hepburn Springs region, the Gippsland Lakes, Phillip Island, Lorne and Apollo Bay.

In NSW, even in such hot spots as Coffs Harbour and the Byron Bay/Bangalow region you can still find quality accommodation on AirBNB at under $150 per night for two, while a 3-4 bedroom home can be yours at a starting price of under $400 per night.

In Queensland, there are still similar deals on the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, the Whitsundays and all the way up to Port Douglas.