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Cost of Australia?

Postby ziggzagg » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:19 pm


My girlfriend and I are looking at spending 6 weeks backpacking from Cairns to Sydney early next year. We'll try to keep is as cheap as possible (due to severely low funds), we'd be travelling mostly by bus I expect, and we'll be happy to stay in hostels etc, although we'd like to have a bit of money for when we're in the big cities.

Just wondering how expensive a trip like that tends to be? I've heard all sorts of estimates bandied about, from £1000 to about £4000... has anyone here done a similar trip in the past?

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Re: Cost of Australia?

Postby desiree2 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:49 am

Hi Ziggzagg
I can understand why you've been told it will cost anywhere between 1000 and 4000 GDP to stay 6 weeks here in Australia. It really depends on where you want to stay, whether you'll be able to self-cater and most importantly what sort of things you want to do. For example, if you want to do things like climb the Harbour Bridge of spend a day on the Great Barrier Reef then those activities are quite expensive. If you want to go out to nightclubs or simply to the pub a few nights a week then that can also add up. Decide on some activities that you want to do and what sort of accommodation you want to stay in and that might give you a better idea. I think it would be quite difficult for 2 people to really enjoy a 6 week stay in Australia on 1000 pounds which is only about AUD$40 a day.
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Re: Cost of Australia?

Postby georginal » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:34 pm

I don't know whether this will actually help or hinder you, but I did Australia in 3 months a few years back. I still missed a lot out. The whole trip, including flights and insurance cost me approx £5k. Obviously, divide that into half to get your 6 weeks means approx. £2,500. That was 6 years ago. I was travelling alone, hence food was more expensive than travelling with 2 or more. I stayed in hostels, I also took 4 internal flights on that, but also sometimes stayed with some friends along the way.

Whatever you do ensure you have enough money and have your flight booked home. the more cash you have, the less stress it will be. make sure you have some sort of credit card with you, preferably one each. Just in case things don't work out. (sorry to put a dampener on this, but people do split up whilst overseas.) Also make sure you can change your flight easily to get back home (just check the terms and conditions for how much the amendment fee is, (or ask your tavel agent if using one) Or if you know you are doing it on a shoe string, make sure you have someone at home you can contact, so they can put money in your account if needed.
£1,000 does seem to be a bit limiting and there will be always things that you find you want to do that you hadn't bargained for.

Other than that, have a great trip.
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Re: Cost of Australia?

Postby mollyhilton » Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:40 pm

Hi, i live in Australia and have recently been planning a trip quite similar to yours, here's some tips.

- The first thing you have to consider is that the area of Aus is quite large so what seems a short distance on a map can actually be many hours travelling. So be careful when planning your route.

- There is a train ticket that i have found, which is about AU$250 (about 120 pounds i guess) from Sydney to Cairns and as long as you keep travelling the same way (either up or down the coast), im pretty sure you can have as many stops as you like and i think the ticket is valid for about 3 months.

- Food and living expenses are quite expensive here. Breakfasts/lunch can be anywhere from $10-
$20 dollars at least. Dinners from $20-$40. Thats eating out. but if you can make your own food that will cost less, especially because your travelling with two people.

- Hostel beds for the arear you will be travelling in are about $20-$40 (10-20 pounds) per bed per night. but you may be able to work out a cheaper arrangement because you have 2 people (which is usually cheaper) has a really good brochure on Australia and ways to travel around it if you want to take a look. They also feature all of GAPs tours.

Hope this helps a little. Molly
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Re: Cost of Australia?

Postby lilyp » Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:26 am

A small tip for Melbourne: public transport there is quite good so you can stay in a cheap hostel a bit further from the CBD and use public transport to get there. It costs either 7AUD or 10AUD(if you stay quite far from the city) for a daily ticket and you can use it on any trains,trams and buses.
You can find cheap Chinese food in the food courts in CBD(about $7-9, and $5 in some places after 5pm), or you can cook for yourself, the grocery stalls at Vic Queen market always sell everything cheap after 5,especially on weekend
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Re: Cost of Australia?

Postby theeighthoursblog » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:29 am

I have lived in Melbourne for the past 10months on a working visa and have travelled a fair bit around it, I'm not going to lie it is expensive like most things but there's cheap alternatives to every expensive thing.

Be careful with hostels, out of any county I have been to these are the worst and normally v overpriced and dirty. It actually works out cheaper in certain areas like Sydney to book a hotel room. Or check out Airbnb.

There are always cheap flights around Aus on Jetstar. Check these for good deals.

Alcohol is probably your most expensive cost, food you can find deals and go to the markets if you can. So many bargains.

Look into campervan delivery ads, where you drive a campervan across Aus to a certain location to drop it off. It's free you just cover petrol.

And be careful in remote areas.
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