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1. Posted by Aaron123 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Im 18 and want to go australia in june some time but as im going by myself i want enough money to keep me re-assured throughout my trip, but dont no how much to take. i think i could have around 2000 pounds. as i have never travelled i dont know what to expect in ways of money. thanks to any1 who can help out

2. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

how long were u planning on going for? Australia isn't an expensive country compared to england 2000 pounds will take u pretty far

3. Posted by Aaron123 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Im only looking to go for around 6 weeks because its my first time travelling and im going alone so this is a whole new thing 4 me. will 2000 pounds be enough for this trip do you think.

4. Posted by alinao (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

im from italy, and i have the same problem...
im gonna travel in australia/new zealand, and i think i'll bring something like 1000euro for 5 weeks..
I've been in nz and i know how cheaper is than italy....
let me know people

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5296 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

On average - buying supermarket food and cooking my own dinners, staying in small dorm rooms in hostels, not doing any activities and travelling by public transport to the next destination, I spent $60 (AUD) per day in Australia, and $50 (NZD) in New Zealand. The higher cost in Australia was mostly due to transport - the distances between worthwhile stops are much larger - although Australia is also a bit more expensive, especially big cities like Sydney and far out of the way locations like Uluru.

Aaron: £2000 is $5000 (AUD) and will thus easily cover six weeks in Australia. For that money you could eat out every so often, do various activities and tours (just keep an eye on how many, those add up swiftly), and maybe even stay in a private room for that time.

alinao: €1000 is $1900 (NZD) or $1700 (AUD). You should squeeze by with that for five weeks in Australia and New Zealand, but it's a lot tighter fit. Keep a careful eye on how much you're spending the entire time, and maybe try to have a few hundred euro extra in case you'd get tempted to do some activities.

edit: both of that is assuming this is spending money when there; so excluding the flight over.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 4, 2006, at 10:36 AM by Sander ]

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I spent around £3800 in just under 3 months in oz so you should be fine. If you're only there for a short time you could also stretch to an internal flight or 2, which my budget included. try or

7. Posted by hannah1987 (Budding Member 15 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi, Me and my boyfriend were in Aus for 2 months and spent just under 2000 pounds each, it totally depends though. For that we stayed in Apartments (2 of us so worked out cheaper), flew to cairns, and did lots of activities and ate and drank out quite a bit. We're eighteen too, so you'll probably be doing the same activities as us, but it depends if you want to travel around, go out a lot, stay at a hostel/apartment/hotel. I should think you'll have plenty, definatly do it, its the best thing we've ever done. We went to Sydney and Cairns, and We LOVED cairns, so if you can go up there and see the reef and rainforest, amazing!!!!! hope it helps... xxx

8. Posted by Steve_ell (Budding Member 39 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My 18 year old daughter spent fantastic 2 weeks on the backpacker trail early this year. She flew from Sydney (where we live) to Mackay (a couple of hours from Cairns) then returned to Sydney via Greyhound buses staying at backpacker lodges en route in Mackay , Airlie Beach, Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach, Noosa & Byron bay. She spent 3 days on a yacht in the Whitsunday Islands and 3 days on a 4-wheel drive safari on Fraser Island. She's not a big drinker but loves socialising and ate out every meal. Total cost door-to-door was $A950 (< 400 pounds). The only expensive place on that route is Sydney but being winter you'll probably want to head north for most of your trip anyway. have a great time

9. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you stay in dorms and not the luxurious hotels, 2000 pounds should be plenty enough. That is approx $5,000AUD so at about $119AUD a day, you should be able to have plenty of fun and see a lot anywhere you go in Australia with that amount of money. You'd probably even have a a fair bit of change left if you did it on the cheap. Of course this is assuming that the 2000 pounds is after your return airfare which I'd imagine would cost quite a bit.

Have a great trip.