Hi, just a quick question if anyone can help.
I'm off round the world in September and it looks likely that I am going to drop Australia off my travel route because of funds. Spoke to the folks last night and they said that would give me £500 if I still wanted to include it. Thinking about spending 6 weeks along the east coast. Will it be enough or should I just forget about it and do it another time.
Need to know as asap because I need to let the bloke in STA Travel know.
I think it would depend on alot of things. where you planned on staying, how you wanted to travel, that sort of thing.
£500 isn't alot, but saying that I haven't been to Austrialia yet so I don't know how expensive/inexpensive it is. (will be there from October this year for 3 months).
You could always get a working visa (which is what I've done), that way if money starts to get a little low you have it to fall back on.
Do not miss out Australia mate, it is a unique place and I guarantee you will regret it if you do.
Having said that, £500 isn't much for 6 weeks, but it's better than nothing.
A working visa would be the best idea if possible, and worth the effort.
Accommodation starts from a few pounds a night in hostels, so you will probably manage it. What you may be restricted on is how far you can travel and how much you spend on beer!
Why not go knowing you can afford accommodation, and work to pay for travel expenses and entertainment?
It's hard to say I'd leave anywhere out if I did another RTW trip, but it definitely wouldn't be Australia.
I'm with stevieh on this, you don't really want to miss it. You're gonna need to try to stretch your cash though. We did some volunteering when we were out there, maybe you could do something like that (or work)?
It's not much money, but as the others have said, try to stretch your funds and make it if possible.
1. Try to spend a bit less on your travels prior to hitting Australia so that you'll have a bit more than 500 pounds.
2. Hit your parents for, say, another 100 pounds; no harm in trying.
3. Try to save a bit more money between now and September when you leave on your trip. Do everything possible (don't go out much, bring your food from home, don't go shopping, etc).
4. When you get to Australia, be really frugal with your money. Not to the point where you won't enjoy it, etc. just watch what you spend on food and drink. You can really eat cheaply if you have to. In the hostels, try to stuff your face at breakfast whilst stuffing your bags with jam sandwiches, etc. Bring an empty plastic bottle with you and fill it up with orange juice. See, you have a cheap lunch already for free!
Depending on how tight money really is, I'd make it three weeks instead. That should just about be possible on that budget. (Get an east coast discovery pass or something upfront so you'll have all your transport taken care off, as that'll be the largest single expense - and then spread the rest of the money out over hostels and food.)
Three weeks won't be nearly enough to even scratch the surface of what Australia has to offer - but then, six weeks wouldn't either. However, you'll probably enjoy the experience a lot more if you don't have to be insanely conscious of how much money you spend all the time.
For a second I thought you meant 500 aussie dollars, but saw that 500 pounds is just over $1000 Aussie dollars. However for 6 weeks, I don't think $1000 is going to be enough. Depends how much you want to rough it up? I've seen accommodation near my house in melbourne near the city for $15 (6.40 pounds) a night, which is pretty cheap, but I think that would be the cheapest you could get. But once you add food, transport + extras, you're looking at, at least $50 (21.25 pounds) a day, so you may be able to travel around 3 poss 4 weeks max. There's a lot to see in Australian, even the East Coast, you could see quite a bit in 3 weeks or so, but there's so much more to see if you were able to have a longer time. Up to you? Might be an idea to use that money for the other places you are going, and do Australia in a separate trip where you can stay longer.
a suggestion if youre set on coming to australia but really cant get any more cash - you could try woofing.
This involves working on farms for accomdation and board. You don't get paid but you will generally have food provided.
There is a lot available in the north of australia and near popular destinations such as byron bay.
The following website is an official woofing site
But i am sure you can also get information on woofing at backpackers or from a google search.
It might help your money last longer and give you a different perspective on Australia.
Hope that helps!
Many thanks to everyone for their advice but I have decided to drop Australia off the route. I think 7 and half months in SE Asia and then New Zealand and Mexico will be enough for this time! Thinking about possibly doing another trip when I get back to encompass South America so I may add Australia in then, plus my brother said he will come with me if I go later.
Many thanks again to everyone and I'm sure there will be more posts from me in the coming months as I worry about other stuff!