Australia is even more expensive than New Zealand so I have budgeted more money for Australia. One because I am there longer and two because I have been told so many times over the past few months that Australia is outrageous with sky high costs whether its accommodation, travel, food or activities. Here are some typical Costs For Travelling Around Australia.
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Food: Food is not cheap – as I have been told time and time again. A basic to decent restaurant meal costs around $20 – $35 AUD or more. However, if you team up with some others and decide to cook your meals, expect to pay $70-80 AUD per week for groceries that will include pasta, vegetables, chicken, and other basic food.
Transportation: I have been told trains and buses cost $2-3 AUD a trip but of course the best and easiest way to travel is with Greyhound. Passes begin at $280 AUD and go all the way to $1,800 AUD dependant on where you are going, distance and how long for. And also owned by Greyhound is the company, Oz Experience that have passes starting at $180 AUD. I think whilst we are away we will also try a campervan for some of the trip. Possibly, Brisbane to Sydney! It is by far the most popular and cheapest way to travel. Campervans start at $50 AUD per day but can also double as places to sleep.
Activities: Multi-day activities and tours are expensive, generally costing $180-250 AUD or more and day trips will still cost you about $120-190 AUD. E.g. A day trip to the Great Barrier Reef can cost $200 AUD, while a 2 nights sailing the Whitsunday Islands can cost upwards of $430 AUD.
Accommodation: Hostels cost around $25-38 AUD per night for a dorm room. Private rooms with a double bed and a shared bathroom in hostels range between $70-110 AUD per night. Or if I am brave camping costs between $15-25 AUD per night for a spot that can either be for a car or tent.
Again these tips from my previous blog post about budgeting for New Zealand will again be helpful and relevant in Australia:
- Cook you own meals or cook with a group when staying in a hostel kitchen
- Sometimes hostels will offer a cooked meal in the evening so take advantage
- Take advantage of all the free activities on offer!
- Ask drivers of buses and locals where the best places to eat are and the best!
- When you do buy food make sure you get it from big supermarkets rather than the smaller stores
- Put a limit on the alcohol spends whilst you are out in the pubs and bars
I will come back to this blog in December when I leave Australia and see how it compared!