We'll be in Australia for 4 months and New Zealand for 3 months from the beginning of December. We were originally planning on taking our lightweight tent with us and camping for most of that period with the odd stay in hostels. Our budget is £1k per month for the two of us. Is it worth packing the tent and camping? We'll be in China for 1 month beforehand plus after NZ we're off to S.America for 2 months where accommodation has already been taken care of so we'll be carrying this tent and not using it for these places - is it really worth it?
We just don't want to end up lugging our camping equipment half way round the world for no reason! It's something we've invested in so binning the tent if we don't use it isn't really an option!
Would be great to get your opinions!
£1k per month for two people staying in hostels every single day is possible, but you'll have to live very very frugally, buying only supermarket food, and not travelling too much (since that's often the biggest cost). If you can stretch to £1250 per month, it'd be more comfortable, although just staying away from the big cities would also do. And with £1400 per month you'd be able to do activities and even eat out in a restaurant every so often.
So... offset the weight and hassle of the tent versus the extra cost (or the annoyance of not being able to do all the things you'd want to do because of lack of money), and see what you prefer.
Alternatively, you could look into buying a cheapish tent when arriving in Australia, and then selling it on again before leaving New Zealand. Most hostel message boards do frequently have messages up from other people doing the same, so that does seem like a feasible option. (Albeit with you running the risk of no one wanting to buy the tent before you had to leave, and thus having "lost" all that money.)
I would definatelly advise camping if you can, it is much cheaper and in my opinion better, the campsites have excellent kitchens, swimming pools and t.v rooms, and its a really friendly atmosphere, and usually are better positioned to the beaches. Oh yeah and it cheap cheap cheap , about half the price of hostels maybe even less, for 2 people on camp site it costs anything from $14 - $25. You can buy an OZ Trek tent for $50, it lasted us for three months and you can just through it away after youve finished, with the money you save its definately worth it.
Hope this helps
I agree with Sander. Camping in Oz is easy and cheap and you can often find somewhere to camp that is free- not in an actual camping ground but in the bush or by a deserted beach. Ive done it plenty of times up the east coast. Its easy to find good cheap tents here too so if thats a concern just do that. The weather that time of year is ideal for camping so, depending on where you are going of course, you dont need any flash tent or sleeping bags.
If your camping in NZ, its a bit cold by April, so u will need a warm sleeping bag then.
You have to camp!
But if you do, you really should make sure you visit the west coast. Most people miss out this part of Australia and it is the most beautiful part of the whole country. I camped loads on the west and the north and the middle! There is nothing that compares to sleeping round a camp fire in the middle of the outback under the stars.