First-time travelers always get that sticker shock when they get to Australia. Even Australians also get sticker shock, and they live there. It’s better to be prepared and not to overspend for any substantial inflation. However, a trip to Australia can cost a lot or a little.
The Cost of Vacation to Australia
For backpackers, the amount to spend is around $60-80 AUD per day. This is the suggested budget supposing you’re staying in a hostel, cooking most of your meals, eating out a little, and taking local transportation. Meanwhile, if you are staying in private rooms, affordable hotels, eating out often and drinking a lot, expect that you might spend to $100-120 AUD per day. You can expect to spend around $150 per day if you’re flying and taking a lot of group tours.
A traveler who’s on a complete minimum budget could get by on $77 AUD per day. Most people travel and explore Australia for about a month. If your route is Melbourne to Cairns, your costs would be around $810 AUD for hostels, $500 AUD for tours, $558 AUD for your bus ticket, and $500 AUD for food (cooking and eating out). Take note that in this budget, drinking or additional expenses are not covered.
8 Ways You Can Save Money in Australia
Australia without a doubt is one of the expensive countries to visit. So as a traveler, here are some helpful ways for you to save a lot of money while you explore Australia.
1. Cook your own food
If you really want to save a lot of money, cooking your meals is the answer. You can make pasta for a week, a couple types of locally raised meat (always cheapest), and ready meals, and a total of only $60 AUD you will be spending. That amount is the price of day’s food in Australia, so cook your meals as much as you can. Opt for hostels, Airbnb, and some guesthouses that have kitchens where you can cook.
2. Don’t Drink Too Much
Don’t let your budget die early because of too much alcohol. A six-pack of beer is $14 AUD. If you want to save more money, drink less or drink goon. Goon is the undying favorite travelers. It’s not actually wine, it’s fish, dairy, and milk products—no grapes. It will give you a killer hangover, but also the most bang for your buck.
3. Couchsurfing with Locals
Spending every night out of the hostel is gonna cost you money because of activities. Couchsurfing with locals is a great idea, staying at their place and save on accommodation. This will also let you meet locals and be engaged with the local culture.
4. Avail of a Phone Plan
You may want to consider Telstra, this telephone company has enhanced their service and provides amazing phone packages that offer great coverage throughout the country. Their text/call rates are cheaper, so the the credit will last you a while.
5. Work for Accommodation
If you are willing to save more money, many hostels offer travelers the opportunity to work for their room. You’ll be able to get a free bed to sleep in, in exchange for a few hours a day of cleaning. Commitments may differ but almost all hostels ask that you stay for at least a week.
6. Hitch a Ride or Buy a Used Car
It can be really expensive to get around in Australia. So, if you are traveling with friends, it’s more practical to buy a used car or campervan, or rent a new one from rental companies and split the costs of gas. You can also try hitching a ride with other travelers using several app sites, or a hostel message board.
7. Try WWOOFING
This is a program that lets you work on organic farms in exchange for free room and board. Most people who want to stay in the country long term do this for at least one month. What they love about it, is that you don’t really need to know anything about farming, just picking fruits the whole time. Not only are you reducing your expenses, but you are also making an impact on the local environment.
8. Connect to Free Internet
Internet connection in Australia is expensive and slow, so if you want, you can go to libraries and McDonald’s if you need to quickly check your social media. They have free WiFi that you can use.
For you to travel to Australia and save money is to counter the high costs of one activity with the lost costs of another. That’s why it’s recommended to research costs prior and specifically know what you want to spend money on. Doing that will help you create a budget that is fit to your needs. The numbers mentioned above are just an estimate in general. It will still depend on what you want to do in the country.
Sometimes, we may not avoid being short in budget. So, an effective tip for you to cover all your costs and still have a little extra is, you can budget $100 AUD per day. It’s always better to be ready of what can happen and leave a country with extra money than to overspend.
Ivandrea Ollero is a daytime writer for Kims Romantic Getaways Sydney, one of Australia’s impeccable beach retreat places. Ivandrea gives out tips and hacks for finding the perfect location for a delighted vacation.