How much $$ you should go away with?

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1. Posted by vstar (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Everyone,

I'm so happy to be here this is a great resource for planning my trip. I'm planning a Work/Travel Abroad trip to Australia/ New Zealand and I was thinking of leaving either in May/June or September, however, how much money do you think a person should have in their bank account before leaving? I know that I will be working odd jobs in Aus/NZ in order to keep on traveling but I want to have enough money in my account so that I don't spend the majority of my trip working.

Can anyone give me an idea of a minimum amount I should have as a backup? Also, how expensive are things down there? If I'm paying for hostels, food, bus pass, activity fees etc, that might get really expensive.

Thanks for any help,
Vstar :)

2. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


I cannot really give a specific response since I do not live in Australia/NZ but my general advice would be it all depends on the lifestyle you want to lead whilst there . ..

Most rough guides and RTW travel advice suggest a daily living expense of between US $22 to $100 . .the variation being the type of lifestyle and the number of extras you want!

Hope this helps a little bit.


3. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

You need to have $5000(australian dollars) in your bank acount when you apply for the working holiday visa for australia

4. Posted by AndrewD (Inactive 3 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Im currently living in Melbourne, based on backpacking and staying at lodges etc I would bank on between $80-$120 aussie dollars per day. The paid tours is the real unknown...
You certainly can be real thrifty and spend alot less, it just depends on what your expectation of a good holiday is..
If you want some more specifics let me know..

5. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Respected Member 550 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I spent about £800 per month when I went to Australia and New Zealand. You could easily spend more in New Zealand though, as there's so much to do. Also, it depends how good you are with money. My mate spent over £1500 per month doing the same route and doing less activities.

If you're going for a year though, you should be able to save a bit due to weekly accomodation rates. Also, your travel costs are the same whether you stay for three months or twelve, so you should save on this basis as well. Also, after a few days in one place you generally discover cheaper pubs/supermarkets, etc. so a longer time-scale should work out cheaper again.

"Also, how expensive are things down there? If I'm paying for hostels, food, bus pass, activity fees etc, that might get really expensive."

Hostels: £18-$25 per day on average in NZ. Similar in Australia but some exeptions, e.g. Cairns is cheaper and Byron Bay is more expensive.

Food: I found take-away food/restaurants to be quite cheap, but supermarket food was a little bit more expensive than I was expecting, especially fruit.

Bus pass: In Australia you can get some good deals, e.g. East Coast Greyhound pass for under $300. In New Zealand I did a Kiwi Experience pass which was $730, which on reflection was a bit expensive. An Intercity pass would have saved me a few hundred pounds.

Activity fees: You can get some good deals on activities in NZ. The only over-prived activities were the bungy ($150 in Queenstown) and the zorb ($40). Both crazy prices IMO when you consider that both activities last about 8 seconds, and when you consider how cheap other activities are (you can do a skydive in Taupo for $185 and have a flying lesson in Kaikoura for £85).

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

A report came out a few days ago and in 2003, the average amount spent per day by backpackers was 75 AUD. This can vary pretty wildly depending on your definition of backpacker but it might serve as a good average. I think it is probably pretty accurate when you consider all the tours and extras booked down there.

On the other hand, there are tons of people who get by on 50 AUD and even less....if you're there for a long time, 75 is probably a little much.

I am not quite sure whether you still need the 5000 on your bank account to head down under by the way. Since you can now get the visa online, I think they don't require proof of this but just made it a recommendation.


7. Posted by Blythe (Budding Member 16 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'm trying to save up now to go to New Zealand early next year, already have £1000, how much more would you recommend me to I aim to save? I'm hopefully going with Bunac, which will cost about £2000 with flights and all, so how much do you reckon I'll need for the year? I reckon I'll be working at least 75% of the year to get by, and don't plan to do anything really crazy with my money, but defo want to do some kind of adventure thing... Plus I was thinking about getting the Kiwi Experience pass too
Any ideas????

8. Posted by lauriej (Full Member 19 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Ive just recently got my visa and they just ask if you have sufficient funds (£2000) & a return flight home. So you don't need to supply them with proof at the time of purchasing your visa. I'm going with my boyfriend in Sept & we're both planning to take between £2000 and £2500. I know a lot of peop who have been there and done it, and they took £3000 max, a lot of peop only took £2000 or less. As long as your willing to work you'll be ok!! That's the advice I've been given!

Good luck & enjoy ur trip!

9. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I live in Australia so I thought I'd add my two cents. Firstly, Sydney is more expensive than Melbourne, in general, because it is trendier, has more tourists and more rich people. This pattern extends into suburbs. You will find that expensive or trendy suburbs in either city will have much more expensive food prices - even in Supermarket chains. For instance, I live in Oakleigh which is a community with a lot of migrants (who I think prefer to shop in the local deli or green grocer to coles), a centre for the unemployed, and a few cheap food markets, so the supermarket prices are cheaper. But closer to the city, at the same supermarket chain the prices can be a $1 a kilo more for bananas up to $10 a kilo more for macadamia nuts. Your best bet for cheap eats is to go to stock up at food markets, such as Victoria market in the city and eat in the less trendy places. But even in Richmond or St Kilda you can find some great places. Richmond has some great Vietnamese food where you can get a great bowl of beef noodle soup for $6. St Kilda is a suburb that has Falafel Kitchen (a franchise) where you can fill a kebab/falafel pocket with as much salad as you want for $7.

You just have to know where to look!
Sorry for the long post