We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”

-Australian Aboriginal Proverb



TYPICAL COSTS

  • Accommodation

Hostels start at $20 AUD per night for a dorm room. Private rooms with a double bed and a shared bathroom in hostels will set you down between 80-100 AUD per night. Camping costs between $15-30 AUD per night for a spot that can either be for a camper-van or tent.

Check out websites like Hostelworld.com or Hostelsaustralia.com to find a good deal.

 

  • Transportation

Local city trains and buses cost around 3-4 AUD. The easiest way to get around the country is via Greyhound. Passes begin at 145 AUD and go all the way to 3,000 AUD. The most popular and cheapest way to travel is to drive yourself. Camper-van rentals start at 60 AUD per day. Flying can be very expensive due to limited competition, especially when heading from coast to coast.

For plane trips across the country check out Qantas.com and Virginaustralia.com

 

  • Food

Food isn’t cheap in Australia! Most restaurant entrees cost 20 AUD or more. If you cook your meals yourself, expect to pay 100 AUD per week for groceries. Grab and go places cost around 8-10 AUD for sandwiches.

 


MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR BUDGET TRAVELERS & BACKPACKER

 

  • Get a plan

The telephone companies Telstra and Optus offer great phone packages with awesome coverage throughout the country.

 

  • Car share

Australia is a big country that can be expensive to get around. If you are traveling with friends, it’s smart to buy a used car or camper-van (or rent a new one from one of the many rental companies around the country). You can also hitch a ride with other travelers using sites like Gumtree or jump by a hostel message board.

 

  • Tour packages

This country has a lot of exciting activities and tours that suit any budget. Booking activities through a hostel or tour agency will get you a discount and saves you hundreds of dollars as a repeat customer.

 

  • Get free Wifi

The internet in Australia is painfully slow and expensive most hostels, libraries and McDonalds have free wi-fi that you can use.

 

  • Work for your room

Many hostels offer travelers the chance to work for their accommodation. In exchange for a few hours a day of cleaning, you get a free bed.

 

  • WWOOF it!

WWOOFing is a program that allows you to work at farms in exchange for free accommodation. Download the Harvest Guide to find the best Location depending on what season it is.


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