a bit of advice- money!???

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific a bit of advice- money!???

1. Posted by vickyvic85 (Budding Member 14 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

i know this has probably been asked loads of times but i am a bit confused by responses!

i am flying out to melbourne on the 14th april for 3 weeks then down to sydney for ozintro for 1 week on 7th may. i am stayin with my aunt so accomodation money isnt a problem,

how much does it cost to live per week generally in oz? i am not planning on any big activities at the beginning of my trip but i am going out on a budget! i will be wanting to find work straight away but incase thats not possible i want to know how much i am going to need!

and people who have been on ozintro how much did u spend on ur week?

any advice on jobs or money will be gladly appreciated! as time is running out pretty quick for me


2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4315 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I spent on average of £300 per week during my 3 months in australia - staying in hostels and cooking my own food, but also doing loads of activities. that figure also factors in transport throughout the 3 months. as you are staying with your auntie you will obviously be able to do it a lot cheaper than this. hope this helps a little. :)

3. Posted by liltravbug (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hi there!!
i lived in oz for 12 month and living costs per week varied from place to place!!
my longest stay was in sydney and i was working, living in a 6 shared apartment which made things cheaper!!
i wouldnt wanna give u an amount incase i was totally wrong, but it is easy to budget!!
if your gonna be living with ur aunt, u dont need to worry about accommodation costs and im guessing you wont have to worry about food costs too much??
any money u spend is gonna be on having fun and activities!!
i dont think u have too much to worry about!!

4. Posted by yaara83 (Full Member 30 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


im guessing in melbourne youll be staying in a hostel? if so you can probably get weekly rates for about $120 - $150.
if ur not gonna be spending too much money on activities, then thatll be ur biggest expense. if u cook for urself then food isnt really expensive inb oz, especially if u go to the bigger supermarkets at around 7pm they take down the prices on meats and stuff that are meant to be sold that day and u can enjoy a great meal for real cheap!
if ur in sydney for a week id recommend u buy a weekly ticket for the public transport. its $32 (unless the prices have gone up since i was there 2 years ago) and its good for busses, trains and ferries and gets u to all the main touristy places. but it all depends were ur aunt lives... cos if its far from thecity area, itll be more expensive.

5. Posted by hellomaya (Budding Member 26 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

When I lived in Brisbane I spent about $70 AU on food per week. I think supermarket prices are pretty much standard in the major cities so Sydney and Melbourne should be about the same (?). You could definitely spend less than that, but I don't know how much to tell you. Depends if you're a real bargain shark... and how many macaroni cheese/microwaved potato dinners you can stomach! Maybe as little as $30-40 if you were really desperate.

I agree w Yaara, reduced supermarket meat is a good way to save. Also check out farmers markets for incredibly cheap fruit and veg.

Buying a weekly transport ticket will save you heaps.

Don't really know what else to tell you cause I've never been a backpacker in oz. Anything specific you want to know?

6. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you're looking to save money on food - check out the local produce markets. In Melbourne, Vic Market is not only a tourist attraction, but also very popular with us locals to buy cheap, fresh fruit/vegies, meat, cheese etc...

7. Posted by M7 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

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