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51. Posted by Becki81 (Budding Member, 42 posts) 25 Mar '12 15:30

I thought that! My friend has been there over the past yr n she took 8k but said if you're working then you can get away with the minimum. I guess it depends on what you want to do while you're there. Since being on here ive noticed alot of ppl are taking between 4-5k though x

52. Posted by Sergyhunt (Budding Member, 15 posts) 25 Mar '12 15:44

Well a lot of people say you need $100 per day. $50 for hostel, $25 for food and $25 for activities. Thats about £16 for food, £16 for activities and £32 for a hostel.

Hostels seem to range between $30 - $40 per night - So that's perhaps slightly higher. I'd probably spend slightly less on food and slightly more on activities. All in all, I'd say $80 per day?

Now, like you, I'm planning on taking £5K = $7.5K AUD (It's actually slightly lower, you wouldn't get the exchange rate that google gives)

Lets do $80x365 for the year and that's $29,200 (£19K - Seems reasonable for budget living in the UK and they are similar in costs?). That is Leaving us $22K short. Now, the minimum wage in Australia is about $19.20 I think. So let's work out how many hours work are needed to raise the extra fees? 22K/19.20 = Getting straight to the point, 7 Months work at 37 hours per week. I'm a little worried about where the traveling will fit into this?

I hope I'm wrong, please persuade me otherwise. This is what is going around in my head at the moment. :(

53. Posted by rachael_85 (Budding Member, 12 posts) 25 Mar '12 16:17

Tom,
Looks like you've done your homework!

I'm also worried about home much to take!

I'd like to do lots of activities whilst there!

Rachael

54. Posted by Sergyhunt (Budding Member, 15 posts) 25 Mar '12 16:29

Same, Shark dive is right there on the top of my list though.

I think if you can take £10,000 you would only have to work around 4.5 months. If you want a second visa you'd have to work 3 months anyway. So an extra 1.5 months doesn't seem too bad?

I wanted to stop off at Thailand on the way though - Which will sap some money too.

Buying a campervan could potentially be cheaper too. I quite fancy doing a road trip up both the east and west coast. Plus you can sell the vehicle after for some money back. ;P

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Mar-2012, at 16:30 by Sergyhunt ]

55. Posted by ccmw (Budding Member, 9 posts) 26 Mar '12 05:01

I definitely think it would be a brilliant idea to get a joint email going to make arrangements for meeting up when we're over there! We all seem to be leaning towards Sydney for the New Year and it would be fab if we could arrange something amazing to welcome 2013 in with!

56. Posted by RC2012 (Budding Member, 99 posts) 26 Mar '12 05:14

Hey,

Im 22, male and off travelling for the first time and will be going alone, im going through asia first but I should hopefully be in aus towards the end of this year, I will be getting my working holiday visa also. once i've done aus I will also be going to NZ but i might do this for a few weeks and then back to aus again.

I have no idea what it will be like and how I will get around and where to stay, any advice?

57. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4383 posts) 26 Mar '12 10:35

Quoting Sergyhunt

Well a lot of people say you need $100 per day. $50 for hostel, $25 for food and $25 for activities. Thats about £16 for food, £16 for activities and £32 for a hostel.

Hostels seem to range between $30 - $40 per night - So that's perhaps slightly higher. I'd probably spend slightly less on food and slightly more on activities. All in all, I'd say $80 per day?

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Getting straight to the point, 7 Months work at 37 hours per week. I'm a little worried about where the traveling will fit into this?

While you're working, your costs should be significantly lower; you could do things like stay at a share house for ~$100/week, and wouldn't be doing any activities, nor would need money for transport. So that allows you to save up faster.

In general I give $65/day as a minimum budget while not working, for a bed in a dorm room, buying supermarket food to cook your own meals, and moving on to a new location once a week by public transport (distances in Australia are huge, and transport thus also a significant cost). How much activities tack on on top of that differs wildly per person; there's a lot to see and do which doesn't cost anything and still allows you to have a good time, so many backpackers just live frugally on a similar budget for the majority of their stay, only splurging on activities at the real highlights.

Quoting ccmw

We all seem to be leaning towards Sydney for the New Year and it would be fab if we could arrange something amazing to welcome 2013 in with!

Note that the best spots for NYE at Sydney tend to be fully booked around May; by August even the average places are starting to be hard to find, and by October the only options left are outrageously bad or expensive (and usually both). Minimum stays of 7-10 nights are very common around this period. Something to keep in mind when making plans.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Mar-2012, at 10:36 by Sander ]

58. Posted by chris_87 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 27 Mar '12 02:20

Hiya guys, I've already got quite a detailed plan for the first 6 months of my trip as I'm staying with family and friends in Sydney and Melbourne, but for the final 6 months I'm thinking of fruit-picking in and around Perth (for 3 months to get my 12 month extension) then having 3 months spent sight-seeing.

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60. Posted by steffi.yng (Budding Member, 20 posts) 28 Mar '12 00:20

Hey all!

So glad to have read through this thread hehe. I have a flight booked to Brisbane in early Fberuary 2013...going solo too...no fixed plans...planning on travelling around for the first couple of months or so then finding little jobs here and there to finance my travels and the experience.

If anyone would like to meet up or have any discussions beforehand, lemme know! Would absolutely love to be able to speak to people about this..all my friends are also either busy with boyfriends, jobs or moving away to some other European country. So I decided to book the flight and attempt a solo adventure :)

On my profile you can find a link to my facebook page...feel free to add me there and possibly send a message as I rarely accept random friend requests unless I get a message at least :)

Oh and good luck to all!!!!!

Stef x

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