Australia is known for being on the pricey side, which makes it very easy to underestimate your budget. When I was travelling around, I can put my hands up and say I did not go with enough money and all attempts at budgeting went out the window…my money went very quickly (typical flashpacker).
In hindsight, I wish I had left for Australia with a pre-planned budget in mind – so listen up so you don’t end up in the same boat as I did!
You have to be prepared for Australia’s high price tag, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t be budget savvy and use our tips and tricks to make your cash stretch that little bit further…lets gooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Hostels: Depends where you are – can vary from $20 to $40 a night
Transport: Stick to walking and use Greyhound coaches for travelling between locations (we can get you a sick deal on Greyhound passes).
Food: Average cost of a meal out $17-20
Drink: A beer will cost about $9, backpacker bars more like $5
Coffee: Around $5 or just $1 in 7/11
Avo on toast: Will set you back $10 to $18
Now, let’s see how I budgeted $50 a day…
This depends on how long you’re planning to stay and if you’re hoping to find work or not…but, as a guide:
Staying for half a year: £5-6k
A year with work: Around £8k
Getting a budget plan together BEFORE you go is essential.
Hostel prices really really depend on where abouts you are in the country.
For dorm rooms (more budget friendly and a great way to meet people), you’re looking at an average of:
Budget tip: Try to make up for the more expensive hostels by booking in to a couple of lower priced dorms – even if it is in a 16 bed dorm…
You can save ALOT of dolla here!
When you’re in each place, try and walk as much as possible – this will avoid regular spending on public transport that really adds up.
Budget tip: When travelling between destinations, use a Grey hound bus. There’s a load of travel combinations to choose from and it’s wayyyy cheaper than flying.
There are tonnes of things you can do to avoid spending too much on food:
Budget tip: Try to stick to $20 a day if you’re grabbing food out or $60 for a big ol’ food shop.
If you’re looking to party, bottle-o’s are pretty good value if you are a beer, wine or goon drinker (bottle-o’s are liquor stores in Aus).
Goon is going to be your best friend if you’re looking for the cheapest option – it’s basically just boxed wine that doesn’t taste too much like wine. My advice would be to mix it with lemonade – tastes so much better.
Tours – You’re in the right place if you’re keen to book on to a load of epic tours. We’ve got your East Coast roadie sorted – drop us a Whatsapp to book.
Activities – As for day to day activities, heading to the beach is free, hiking is free, national parks are free or just wander around the city and discover some cool places.
I hope my budgeting tips and tricks have given you everything you need to stretch that cash. Just remember to pre-plan, think before you spend and hit us up for all of our tour discounts! But most importantly, don't forget to enjoy yourself RatPack Style. Yewwwwwwwwwwwwww Holly (RPT Blog Writer) - Stay Tuned for my next piece…
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