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1. Posted by kelscowen (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y


I am leaving on the 3rd May to Australia for 10weeks (including 2weeks in Fiji).
And it's getting quite close now so naturally, I'm getting worried about the finances, lol!

Me and boyfriend are going to have around £3000 between us.
I was wondering if anybody could give me either reassurance or advice as to whether or not this would be enough?

Do you have any particular budget websites etc that might help?

We have booked our travel from Cairns to Sydney already with Greyhound and are planning on getting an internal flight from Canberra to Melbourne but I've looked and these are only about $79.

It's really hard to estimate how much you will need so I'm just trying to understand everything.

Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciate!


Kelly. xx

2. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 8y

Hi Kelly

I'm not sure how much use my advice will be as I haven't really experienced it yet but me and my boyfriend are off on our trip in 7 weeks and will hit Oz in November.....

We have budgeted £70 per day for our trip.. whether this is too much or too little I'm not sure but from the advice I have been given so far we should be ok.. however... we haven't got any ground transport yet so I guess with you already having some transport purchased then you won't need quite so much.

I suppose it all depends on how many excusions etc you want to do as I know trips can soon hit your budget pretty hard.

I would advise doing a seach around the forum for Australia budget and I'm sure you will get loads of results pop up which might help some more.

Have a fab time.. it's a fantastic country.


3. Posted by alex.a. (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

from a bit of reading on here, a figure of £3000+ per person seems to be what's advised for about 3 months (12 weeks) given that although you're a couple, you'll still have to pay for individual bus tickets / hostel accomodation i'd perhaps be a little bit worried, especially as you cannot work (i assume you've not gone for the 12 months working holiday visa if you're only there for 10 weeks?)

if you work it out, you've got roughly £42 a day, for BOTH of you to find somewhere to stay, getting around, feeding yourselves, any activities etc.

how are you getting to fiji? have you already booked that?

4. Posted by kelscowen (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

we already have our flights booked to and from Fiji.
but none of the accommodation - i'm thinking of booking the Bula Pass before we go.

i should be able to get more money from somewhere if needs be, just being curious.

with the exchange rates at the moment £3000 is around $6400 but it's hard to figure out how much things cost over there! i have a credit card on me for emergencies so if the worst comes to the worst...

no, only applied for the 3month visitors visa.

ohgod, what if we don't have enough money?! lol.

any recommendations for saving money/tips for out there?!


thankyou for your help so far.

5. Posted by nzkatenz (Budding Member 51 posts) 8y

couch surfing! (google it)

6. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y


We're going to Oz/New Zealand next year and finances a little tight but we also don't have WHV. However, someone on this site recommended: which costs 15euros to join (I think for a couple) and there are loads of places where you can work 2-6 hour days in exchange for room and sometimes all meals. You often only have to work a few hours for 5days a week and often are able to use accommodation for 7days... Sounds pretty good to me as a way of saving money - but only if you're happy to stick around in one place for a week or two...!

Have fun!

7. Posted by kelscowen (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

that is all great information!

the couchsurfing looks kinda fun and the helpexchange might be a good idea if we like somewhere enough to stay for a little while.

cheers very much.

i hate money, lol!!

but i think we should be okay.
should probably just stop worrying about it and get on with it, hehe.


8. Posted by philistine (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

Hi there,

I think you'll be fine with the amount of money you have! Im sure you've realised that by now the exchange rate is well in your favour and I think comparitively speaking, general day to day living is much cheaper in OZ than it is in the UK.
If your staying in hostels and the like, there are many that will allow you to work for accommodation... And as technically you aren't getting paid, as far as I know its perfectly legal to do this without a visa.

If you find yourself in Queensland, near cairns, YOU MUST MUST MUST stay at a place called "The Treehouse Hostel" google it, (its about 150km south of cairns actually) you will find plenty of info on it... Its one of those places that swallows backpackers (this sounds terrible, but what I mean by it is that many people go there for one or two nights and end up staying one or two months because they like it so much) They also welcome travellers who want to work for their lodgings.
It's also in an area that has plenty of seasonal and temporary work available (namely bananas and prawns).
There are also plenty of things to do for people who want to spend a little bit more money eg. skydiving on the beach, white water rafting, Reef trips and diving....
Anyway, there's my plug for the treehouse said and done :) I just really liked the place.. lived there for about two months.. and only spent $1600 for the whole time, which included the costs of running my car and numerous parties and drinking sessions

You should also check out "WWOOFING" (google it) it's basically an organization that people can register their businesses with that like to take on backpackers for work in exchange for lodging, and more often than not, Meals as well. I think the majority of them are farms and similar types of places, some in very remote areas... Which can be really great if your interested in exploring the country.

Hope this helps, no matter what you do, you will love it here!