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1. Posted by olliefresh (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hye there, im 20 and me and my mate are going to sydney in september of this year, for one week. Ive checked how much teh flights will be, around £1500 give or take. But before i do book the flight tickets, i was hoping someone could maybe suggest how much i would need to take for hotels and spending money? i rly have no idea, hotelsmaybe £300-£400 for just the one room over the week in a half decent hotel, but spending money?? not sure if its cheap there, or the fact the pound converts into more aus doulars?
I appreciate the help!

2. Posted by ontheedge (Full Member 90 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hi, not sure if this is much help, but try the travel lodge on wentworth street in sydney, also a chain called 'vibe'-they are decent hotels! and not badly priced-just google them!-also its worth mentioning my round the world ticket cost 1300 for upto 10 stops, so 1500 is very expensive, shop around you should get a good deal as its so far ahead-hope i have helped in someway

3. Posted by LusciousLu (Budding Member 72 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

£1500 just to go to Sydney or are you on a RTW? if you are just going to Oz you should realistically only be being quoted for no more than £800 max. Go to STA or flightcentre for a start to discuss price and travel plans. Shop around although Flightcentre will price match anything you find.

And as for hotels, you can private twin/double rooms in modern trendy hostels for only £200 or so for the week (and thats for the room not per person!

The pound against the dollar isnt anywhere near as good as it was a couple of years ago, it works out similar to the UK-Us exchange which is more or less 2 dollars to the point (when it was 2.4 before and a lot more UK pound friendly). BY september, things may have changed though.

You do have months to plan it would seem and just keep asking questions about what to do, where to go and so on. Sydney can be done easily just in 5 days and a lot of visitors/tourists say they get bored quite quickly/run out of stuff to do but it depends how active you are and what sort of things you want to get up to. You could look into going on an OzIntro trip to bulk up your week where you get a city tour, trips to the Blue Mountains and other things over a 3 day itinerary.

In September the humpback whale watching boats go out daily with a 98% guarantee of seeing the creatures.

You can (like in most other big cities) buy multi tickets to attractions eg the Wildlife Park and Aquarium combined ticket which saves you money in the long run.

I spent 2 and a half weeks in Sydney 3 years ago rent free (stayed with my sister) and still managed to blow £900!!! Heaven knows what on but I did visit a lot of markets, restaurants, clubs, bars and attractions

Heading back to live there next week...but going to budget myself way more sensibly this time!

Enjoy your trip planning and keep the questions coming. :)

4. Posted by olliefresh (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks alot for your eplys, they definatly mademe take some more look into it! I have alwasy got loads of questions lol! Im sure ill be asking alot more, hope to speak to you all soon! Thanks again