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How much will I need to budget for 4 weeks in Australia?

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1. Posted by Jules1992 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y

I am spending about a month travelling Australia and have already booked and paid for a camervan for 3 weeeks to drive from Cairns to Sydney, bearing this in mind, how much do you guys think I will need to budget for food, other travel ect??

2. Posted by MatTarrant (Budding Member 14 posts) 6y

Hi Mate,

Really depends on what sort of trip you will be doing,

What sort of place would you like to stay? Hotel? Hostel?

Any things you have planned in regards to extra activities etc?

Just heading to Cairns and Sydney?

3. Posted by Jules1992 (Budding Member 7 posts) 6y


Well we're backpacking, we've got 5 days booked in Melbourne for just like a chill out week, probably hostel.
Then we're flying from Melbourne to Cairns where we've got 3 days till we get our campervan(already paid for) where we will be sleeping and travelling. Then when we've done the mammoth drive from Cairnsto Sydney (3 weeks) we have another 3 days in Sydney before we fly home.
So we basically have 11 days where we'll need to stay in hostels :)

We're backpackers on a really really tight student budget and really don't mind roughing it because we want to do things like diving trips and nights out to meet other travellers!

4. Posted by MatTarrant (Budding Member 14 posts) 6y


Sounds awesome!

3 Weeks to get from Cairns to Sydney?! I imagine you will be stopping in at the Gold Cost/Brisbane and a few other places on the way? The trip from Cairns to Sydney will only take two days maximum if you head straight there so I would imagine you are stopping in at a fair few places on the way? You would almost have enough time to head through Darwin and South Australia 'on the way' to Sydney if you really wanted to!

5. Posted by rocaboi (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hey Jules, how much did you pay for the campervan for 3 weeks?? Cheers

6. Posted by shutterfly (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Like everyone said--definitely depends on how you want to eat & live! Food there can be more expensive in general.

Lunch is generally 10-15.00 (even fast food!) and dinner can be 20-30.00. If your camper has a kitchen then I highly recommend getting food at the grocery store. The prices are very reasonable.

All depends on how budget conscious you want to be.

Have a great time! I used to live in Sydney and it's my favorite place in the world!




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