Money whilst in Australia / Fiji.

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1. Posted by kelscowen (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I was wondering if anybody could help me. I've just planned and booked flights to Australia.
We fly into Cairns - travel to Sydney. From Sydney we fly to Fiji for two weeks - and then back to Sydney.
We then travel down to Melbourne and fly home (London) from there.

I'm not starting to panic a little bit about money.

Do you think £1,500 will be enough?
So around £3,000 for me and my boyfriend?

I'm not quite sure what to expect in the way of being able to budget, how much everything costs out there etc.

Any help would be appreciated, I hate worrying about it all!!



2. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kelly,

How long is your trip going to be in total? How do u envisage travelling when you're away? Are you flying Carins - Sydney, driving, Greyhound, train?

My boyfriend and I budgetted £35 a day each, so £70 for both of us. We stayed in hostels but in double rooms rather than dorms and rented a car. Sometimes we spent less than our budget and other days we did things like Whitewater Rafting and spent a lot more, so on average this was about right for us. We also took a tent and saved a lot of money when we were out of cities by camping.

Also, in Fiji do you have a plan already or are you just going to arrive and see what happens? I only ask because we found Fiji seemed really expensive until we dug a little deeper and found a fantastic place to stay in the Yasawa Islands which was beautiful. It was a proper island paradise and the majority of the time we were the only couple on the island (other than our hosts). It was perfect and a really good price. It's also one that many people don't know about because Awesome Adventures don't go to the island. If you want any details about it just message me.


[ Edit: Edited on Jan 4, 2008, at 5:53 AM by pinkgirlie ]

3. Posted by kelscowen (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sarah,

Thankyou very much for your help.

We are going for 2 months from the 3rd May to the 15 July I think.
We're planning to either get the Oz Experience or Greyhound coaches from Cairns to Sydney and Sydney to Melbourne.

I think accommodation and travelling around is obviously going to be the most expensive of our trip, so the tent thing might be a good idea!!
How long did you go for?

I have been recommended (by STA) to take up the Fiji Experience.
I'm not sure though - is it easy to figure out your own way round the islands?!
I'm so excited about going there and half of me is thinking it would be quite nice to just "do our own thing" but then that's where I'm afraid I'll lose track of money - do you know what I mean?

Thankyou so much for helping me out - if you don't mind.


4. Posted by danielle21 (Budding Member 64 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


When i was in Oz in 2006 i spent £1500 in a month but that was because i wasn't budgeting! i did the oz experience and it was a lot of fun and a great way of meeting ppl but i do think it was fairly pricey if you are on a tight budget i think greyhound buses are a lot more resonable.

I am going away next week to south america then new zealand, fiji and back to Australia but will have to work this time. Have you heard mcuh about Fiji experience? i was thinking of booking a four day trip with them and then an Island tour seperatly alot of the hostels on the islands look quite expensive a lot inc food.
Hope you have a fantastic trip.


5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I would recommend doing a tour with Awesome Adventures Fiji - I did a 5 day trip around the Yasawa islands with them and it was great. They do a range of backpacker tours and are pretty good value.

I spent £1200 a month in Oz - staying in hostel dorms and cooking in the hostels, but I did get a couple of internal flights and did some group tours so you could do it cheaper than this.

6. Posted by kelscowen (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Yeh, I had also thought about the Fiji Experience.
Who are you booking with?

I think I could possibly stretch the budget a little bit but I'm trying to prepare for budgeting properly!!

Do you know if it's cheaper to book things like the greyhound coaches through STA travel or if it's better to just buy the tickets once you get there?

I also thought some of the accommodation around Fiji looked more expensive than other places but I suppose you just have to see how it goes.

I went to South America at the end of last year - Brazil.
We went to Sao Paula, Salvador and Rio. Whereabouts are you heading in South America?

Bex - who did you book through?

Thanks guys!
Starting to feel a bit better about it all now.


7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kelly

I booked through the Flight Centre in Auckland, but I believe you can book online:

8. Posted by danielle21 (Budding Member 64 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

There is no major difference in price i booked a few things last time through STA Travel, inc flights, oz experience, insurance its easier because you can do it all in one go.

Fiji experience has a website you can book online, i have done this recently for the kiwi experience trip.

i have also looked at awesome adventures that Bex recommended they are fairly resonable they you can do a 5 day 4 night trip including accommodation and food for under £300 there is loads of package options depending on what you are looking for.

9. Posted by kelscowen (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y Star this if you like it! looks amazing!
makes me excited just looking at the pictures and stuff. lol.

thanks for the tip!

got another question though - what is the exchange rate like over in Australia and Fiji?
& can you use Australian dollars in Fiji or is it better to get the local currency?

10. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

As far as I know you must use the local currency, and when I was there it was just over 3 to the £.