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1. Posted by markp90 (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

Three of my friends and i are travelling to Thailand and Oz in October and lately my research hasfound a lot of people saying how expensive Australia is now. Following Thailand we estimate that we'll have about £4.5k left over for Australia. I would say im the most inclined to work out the 4, with the other 3 believing then can waltz down the east coast of Australia over 5 months on this amount of cash. That would be nice, but looking at accomodation in hostels alone we're looking at the best part of £1k a month, much more during the Xmas and New Year period.

Considering therefore the things to see and do, food, drinks, hostels, activities how much would you estimate the cost of backpacking Australia to be at this time?

2. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 5y

When I travelled in Oz last year I was spending around £250 a week, and that was keeping on as tight a budget as possible, ie always cooking for myself at the hostel, very, very rarely going out drinking - maybe only once a fortnight, and not doing many guided tour type things.

It is an expensive country.

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 5y

Yes, Australia is expensive and any travel in the country will add a lot to that. I think you'll struggle to make £4.5k last 3 months and that will be without nights out and such.

Perhaps two months in Thailand if you have visas since that can be very cheap? Even a further month's extension is just 1900 baht more.

You will need to book accommodation soon as it does start filling up from mid-December, and if in Australia, it will cost you plenty over the xmas and new year period.

4. Posted by Hayls24 (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Hi Mark,

Do you know exactly when you're flying to Aus? I went in Feb 2010, so i can't comment on prices around Christmas time but i would say that 5 months with a budget of 4.5k alone will be very tight. I travelled for 6 weeks down the east coast and i too had been told to work to about 1k a month....and while it might be possible if you cook for yourself every night in hostels and limit the amount you do...to be honest, this isn't realistic! Aus is expensive and I ended up spending much more because there's so much to see and do and often its a lot easier to eat out. So if you're looking to really be able to afford to do everything, i think working would be a good idea.

The other thing is...5 months is a long time to just travel the east coast without working. I'd say you could comfortably do the travelling in 3 months and still see everything and then work for 2.

Some places/hostels/things i'd recommend in Aus: the great ocean road, beaches in sydney - clovelly, bronte, manly, west bay (hidden gem!) ie don't just see Bondi, the arts factory in Byron Bay - my favourite hostel, 1977 if you want to surf - its the furthest place north you can surf without a stinger suit and cheapest lessons, and if you go up to Cairns, Uncle Brian's tableland and waterfall tour was one of the best things i did :)

Hope this helps and have an amazing time (jealous!)

Hayley

5. Posted by freespirit1 (Budding Member 13 posts) 5y

and considering the pound has dropped against the dollar in the past year we will be getting even less buck for our pound!

6. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 5y

Have you thought about going to New Zealand too? Rather than spending 5 months in Oz? I know it is all personal, but for me, I think NZ is twice the country Oz is, although I am sure not everybody would have the same opinion.

7. Posted by markp90 (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

Quoting Steve79

Have you thought about going to New Zealand too? Rather than spending 5 months in Oz? I know it is all personal, but for me, I think NZ is twice the country Oz is, although I am sure not everybody would have the same opinion.

What were your highlights of NZ? It's somewhere that i want to add to my trip depending on money, whether i can find work in Oz before i go over, and seeing as though my cousin lives in Hamilton!

8. Posted by Jessica_12 (Inactive 9 posts) 5y

After reading how expensive everything is, I am glad that I have family in Australia that have offered me a place to stay for free. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to afford to go a year in Australia. I plan on taking all my money I have except a few grand and transferring it to australian money.

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10. Posted by bunt1207 (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

Hi, im looking to go to australia and new zealand next yr on my own for a year.. i want to work as i go but how easy is it to find work?