Welcome to Australia. Australia is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It’s known as a major backpacking, camping, road trip, and diving destination, but no matter your travel style, there is something to draw you here. The country is filled with incredible natural beauty from Uluru to the Outback, rainforests to pristine white sand beaches, and of course, the Great Barrier Reef.
Sydney’s Harbor Bridge and Opera House are iconic man-made wonders, and Melbourne’s café culture will make you feel like you are in Europe. Coupled with world-class surfing in Gold Coast, and it is no wonder people never leave. Every trip, you will find something new about this country to love. You want to stay longer than plan, but how to stay in your budget while you can enjoy your trip? I give you few important tips for that!
Accommodation – In Sydney, you have multiple choices for short term accommodation or long term stay. Hostels start at 20 AUD per night for a dorm room, private rooms with a double bed and a shared bathroom in hostels range between 80-100 AUD per night. But Furnished apartments are far more comfortable than hotels,including luxurious rooms, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, entertainment options and separate living spaces. You can choose to make your own meals and do laundry on your own in holiday apartments. Read more: Sydney Short Term Accommodation
Food – Food isn’t cheap in Australia because expensive labor cost! Most restaurant entrees cost at least 20 AUD, even fast food you have to pay around 15 AUD for a meal (burger, fries, soda).If you cook your meals, expect to pay 100 AUD per week for groceries that will include pasta, vegetables, chicken, and other basic foodstuffs. The best value food are the Asian and Indian restaurants where you can get a really filling meal for under $10 AUD! You can save much money if you can find a kitchen to cook your meals.
Transportation – You have different ways to arrive your destination. You can choose train, bus or working if you are living in Sydney City, while your destination is close your living place. Local city trains and buses cost 3-4 AUD. There are also backpacker buses like the Oz Experience that have multi-city passes starting at 535 AUD. The most popular and cheapest way to travel is to drive yourself. You can rental a car with 30 AUD daily if you want to see Blue Mountain, Bondi Beach or Manly Beach etc. Campervan rentals start at 60 AUD per day and can also double as places to sleep. Flying can be very expensive due to limited competition, especially when going from coast to coast.
Activities — Multi-day activities and tours are expensive, generally costing 400-540 AUD. Day trips will cost about 135-230 AUD. For example, a one-day trip to the Great Barrier Reef can cost 230 AUD while a two-night sailing trip around the Whitsunday Islands can cost upwards of 540 AUD. A three-day trip to Uluru from Alice Springs is around 480 AUD. Walking tours are around 50 AUD and day trips to wine regions are between 150-200 AUD.
Suggested daily budget — $60-80 AUD / 43-57 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. This also depends greatly on the number of tours you do! Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)