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Oz/NZ Backpack & Money Question!!

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1. Posted by Edelmc1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Hello there,
Im setting off for back packing in Australia, Sept 2nd For 3 & half months.
Il be headn to New Zealand in Novemeber for a month & bac to Sydney for a couple of weeks in December before heading back to Ireland.
My Questions....
1. What do i pack or need to bring, this will probably sound stupid bu am I right in thinking i wont need to bring realy warm clothing... Im going to be starting off in Perth then Ayres rock & from mid Sept il be making my way down from Cairns to Melbourne before flying to New Zealand. So the weather wil vary but im not sure to what extent.

2. Im hoping to bring 10,000Euro will this be enough??
Iv my trip for New Zealand booked for the month so breakfast & accomadation is included so just need to look after d rest.

If there is anything else anyone would like to add or advise me I realy appreciate it.

Thanks so much

Edel

2. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Hi Edelmc1, Perth temps in September range from 9/12 °C overnight to 18/21 °C daytime. Ayer's Rock you're looking at 6 °C - 37 °C. Average temp for September last year were 11.5 °C - 31 °C.
Cairns is around 19 - 28 for Sept. with 21 - 29 in October. These are average temps. so could be higher when you're there.

When backacking down the east coast, from Byron Bay onwards the weather will be somewhat cooler. Here in Melbs we joke about having four seasons in one day, and it's one of our favourite topics to moan about the weather!

NZ is quite a bit cooler than Oz. When I arrived there on New Year's Day last year in Christchurch I nearly froze to death - the wind was icy but the north island is warmer.

I'd recommend a couple of long sleeve T's, as well as T shirts, jumper/top and a light-weight jacket with a hood, preferably water proof or at least shower proof. A pair of boots, pair of sandals or thongs, two pairs pants, shorts, 2 bras and half a dozen pairs of knickers, 3 pairs socks. Remember your togs and a sarong is very versatile, and a light weight travel towel - get the larger size. Plus toiletires etc. Also a small torch. Plus a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen 30+. A long sleeved linen or cotton shirt to wear over you T shirt when in the sun. This will be especially handy at The Rock and Cairns and QLD.

Your accommodation for Oz, have you booked that? For Australia, allow daily, $25 -$30 for hostel (dorm bed) and $15 for meals. This amount is for self-catering. If you eat out or go out drinking the amount will be higher. How are you travelling, bus or with a tour? Spend three nights at The Rock if you can and Outback Pioneer have a YHA affiliated hostel there with the costs of a dorm bed approx. $40. Have you looked into booking any day trips yet? BTW figures quoted are Australian dollars.

Checking today's currency conversion chart 1 Euro = AUD$1.63541
Here's the Currency Conversion Chart.

I'm actually going to Cairns in September and I've pre-booked everything except for one or two things. Two things you must see are the Daintree and the GBR. Is there anything else I can help you with?
Have a great time and enjoy your holiday.

3. Posted by Edelmc1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Thank you so much for your reply it'l be very helpful

Its me & another girl heading over. New Zealand is as part of a tour for 26days (Haka Tours) but we're going from Cairns to Melbourne id say by bus.
Was thinking about getting twin rooms or looking into Motels, well we were gona see how much extra we would pay.
We'r flying into Alice Springs for 6days so definately spend 3days at Ayres Rock.
Il look into that hostel aswel you mentioned thanks.

Really looking forward to it :)

4. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

I would say you need about 50,000euro just to be on the safe side :)

Why not stay in a Hostel, good fun, usually have a theme night of whatever some nights...cheap, clean, safe and very relaxed..?

Honesly Perth might a waste of time unless you have a specific itinerary to follow.. Cairns is a cool place, like a tropical holiday resort, i wonder how much this bothers the locals...absolutley packed with travelers if the weather is good, loads of adventure tours on offer like skydiving, rafting, sea canoeing etc.. doesn't get much better than this, but thats just my opinion, i loved it...

Check out the Woolshed nightclub in Cairns if you are up for a drink or two and some madness, or Gilligans bar...

I recommend some rafting down the river Tully if you are the adventurous sort.....

Hartleys Creek for a Crocodile tour is cool to see. If you have time and are a cyclist then cycle up to Lake Placid from Cairns, one of the best cycle rides i've had, there isn'y anything amazing to see but still something magical about it, but maybe just a holiday thing.

Then obviously Sydney which is one great city, very gelled, and ticks over so smoothly. Much different atmosphere to any British or Irish city i reackon but then i guess the weather plays a factor in this. Some really great pubs if you fancy a night out. Kings cross is pretty seedy but worth a look at night...

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 14, 2008, at 8:19 AM by andy11 ]

5. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Hi Edelmc1, I just checked the Currency Calculator and at the moment 1 Euro = AUD$1.62529,
and also 1Euro = NZ$2.06230. Hope this helos you with your financial planning.

6. Posted by Rach_dc (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Hi Edelm

Forget what Andy is saying... $50,000 euros is a HUGE exageration, I honestly think he has never travelled before. Ive Been around Australia several times and recommend you see Perth, it is a lot laid back than the eastern states cities and a little different too.

Whilst you are at Uluru (Ayer's Rock) make sure you check out the Olga's (we actually preferred these).

I believe you will want some clothes to adapt to the heat aswell as clothing to cover the cooler areas like the southern side of oz and NZ (south island is absultely spectacular but quite chilly - for us Aussies anyways). My best friend is Irish and she found the heat quite unbearable when she first moved to oz. You shouldn't be too bad in those months though. Good luck and have fun!

7. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Quoting Rach_dc

Hi Edelm

Forget what Andy is saying... $50,000 euros is a HUGE exageration, I honestly think he has never travelled before. Ive Been around Australia several times and recommend you see Perth, it is a lot laid back than the eastern states cities and a little different too.

Whilst you are at Uluru (Ayer's Rock) make sure you check out the Olga's (we actually preferred these).

I believe you will want some clothes to adapt to the heat aswell as clothing to cover the cooler areas like the southern side of oz and NZ (south island is absultely spectacular but quite chilly - for us Aussies anyways). My best friend is Irish and she found the heat quite unbearable when she first moved to oz. You shouldn't be too bad in those months though. Good luck and have fun!

I was just joking about 50,000euro, to me 10,000 is to much. My budget for three months would be 3000euro..