Daily Travel Costs in Australia on a Shoestring Budget
US$70 | 100 Australian Dollars
Although a very popular destination with young budget travellers, Australia is certainly not a budget travel destination. It’s at least as expensive and perhaps more costly than almost all of Europe and North America and our suggested Australia backpacking budget of 100 Dollars per day certainly reflects that. Certainly if you intend to cover large distances, which you will have to do if you want to see a large portion of the country, then transport costs are going to be high while food, drink and accommodation is in line with what you’d expect in any expensive developed country.
However Oz does have a few saving graces as far as the budget traveller is concerned. For one the relative ease of getting a short-term work visa and abundance of seasonal or short-term jobs makes it one of the few places where travellers can easily and legally make some money to support their travels. There are also a lot of places where you can get student/youth discounts and there are plenty of special deals on bus travel designed to help out those exploring the country but it’s still overall an expensive place to visit.
By staying in one place or one part of the country for a longer period of time and perhaps doing a bit of couchsurfing, whilst not going wild on the partying or activities then you can maybe get by on closer to US$50/day but it won’t be easy as there is a lot of cool stuff to do that will eat into your budget.
See where Australia ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.
More Comfortable Australia Backpacker Budget
US$90 | 125 Australian Dollars
125 Australian Dollars is quite a lot of money to be spending every single day but if you want to really take advantage of the extreme sports and adventures that Australia has in store whilst also doing a far bit of socialising then it’s not an unrealistic budget particularly if you are doing a lot travelling around. If that’s you then consider ride-sharing to get from A to B by either using an app or checking noticeboards in hostels. It can often work out much cheaper than public transport.
Compare this to the cost of travel in New Zealand!
Sample Prices in Australia
Melbourne to Cairns (Hop-on Hop-off bus pass) – 550 Australian Dollars
Flight from Melbourne to Sydney (1 hour 20 mins) – 50 AUD with Jetstar + 35AUD for backpack
Dorm bed in basic hostel in Melbourne/Sydney – 20 AUD/night
Dorm bed at Byron Bay – 30 AUD/night
Cheap private twin/double room in a city – 50 AUD/night
Meal in a relatively cheap restaurant – 18 AUD
Large local beer in a bar/restauarant – 7 AUD
Surfing lesson – around 60 AUD
Currency – Australian Dollars
£1 = 2.03 AUD
€1 = 1.55 AUD
US$1 = 1.39 AUD
(All exchange rates are correct as of June 2016)
Long-term travel in Australia is very difficult unless you have huge savings so consider getting a working holiday visa and doing some work whilst you are there to help fund your travels.
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This article was published in June 2016.