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11. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3891 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I spent 3 months travelling Australia and my average expenditure was AUS$3000 per month. I stayed in dorms, cooked most of my meals in the hostels and was generally quite frugal, but I did do some organised tours and took a return flight from Adelaide to Perth which was $300. I probably could have done my 3 months cheaper than this, but I wanted to feel like I had done everything I wanted to do while I was there.

12. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Quoting lauren492

Araluen, I think you're a bit of a pessimist ;)

Pessimistic - no
Realistic - yes.

Honestly, I think if you need to budget on food and stuff in order to allow some extra money for attractions, how could $3800 not be enough? My bus ticket was $450 Australian from Cairns to Sydney, which will be nothing in their budget. If you can't survive 2 months on $3800, $7000 will not last me for 6 months! Good luck, I'm sure you'll have an amazing time even if you have to miss out on a couple more expensive outings

Travel rule 101 - Work out average accommodation and food costs per day first.
It isn't a case of "needing to budget on food and stuff in order to allow some extra money for attractions", it's about how much a trip/holiday will cost, how much you have and the things you'd like to do. I've met backpackers whose food budget only allowed them a tin of baked beans, a (small) tin of home brand tuna and 2 minute noodles as their daily food rations. Having to live on that type of diet for several weeks or a couple of months isn't really much fun.

A glass of beer is around $5 - $6, a glass of wine $5 - $7. Some places have "house wine" for perhaps $4 - $5, but it often tastes like rot gut.

I've lived here all my life and travelled around a fair bit of Australia, and have a pretty good idea of the cost of living. Information I give is based on that. It's better to err on the side of caution than under-estimate and end up having to stay in a flea pit and survive on instant noodles and not be able to do the things you'd like to.

And, like anything, the amount of money one spends on tours/attractions/etc depends on one's budget and interests. A trip to the GBR will set you back around $150 plus - some cost around $200, depending on what you're looking for. You want to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge? No worries, be prepared to fork out from $190 to $295. You want to party with new found friends? Great, but remember alcohol isn't the same price as soft drink.

13. Posted by lauren492 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

lol okay Araluen, I was actually just being cheeky... your posts are a little bit downer debby though

All I was saying is no matter how much money you bring with you somewhere, you'll always have things you might not be able to do but also plenty of cheaper things that you will be able to do, I was just trying to look at it with a glass half full point of view

14. Posted by chickadoo (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice guys - suppose everyone has different living standards and ideally i would bring 6000 dollars and live it up but its an experience and with my budget at least it will help me to prioritise things i really wanna do , didnt realise the Syndey bridge would be that expensive as we had initially wanted to do that...that seems very expensive!
not gona be wasting money on partying with new or old friends maybe a couple of nights out but will defo be buyin cheap alcohol and drinkin in the dorms before we head out anywhere!!!

Laren...My friend went to thailand and only spent 1500euro in 6 weeks, that was eating out every day and really having a great time doing loads of activities !

Been speaking to loads of ppl and i think were gona be fine...i just am generally a big spender and used to luxeries so will just have to live a totally different way in those two months!!!

Thanks again guys.

15. Posted by scottbrown (Budding Member 25 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

hey lauren im planning to do 1month in south pacific travelling thailand bangkok signapour then head to oz for 3months and then stay in n.zeland.
im taking £7000 as i would like to try and see/do things and it wont ristrict me.
i used i dont no how accurate it is but could be some help!
who you travelling with?


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