Australia Budget Per Month – Questions AnsweredAustralia Budget Per Month – Questions Answered

Australia budget per month: how much do you need? The Sundays on The Travel Tester are open for all your questions about travelling, working and living in Australia. This week, we’ll have a look at the budget you’ll need for a month of travelling.

Australia budget per month: how much do you need? The Sundays on The Travel Tester are open for all your questions about travelling, working and living in Australia. This week, we’ll have a look at the budget you’ll need for a month of travelling.

Previous questions about Australia included how to make the first step to go travelling and the different types of discount cards and hostel membership cards available. We also talked about the question ‘is it safe to travel as a girl alone in Australia?’ and whether it’s a good idea to get a campervan or public transport to travel around. Last week, I gave you the highlights on the East Coast of Australia. Did you get excited already? One of the hardest questions I (most often) get, are about how much money to bring to Australia for a certain amount of time. It’s hard because it’s so dependent on your travel style and the amount of time you spend in Australia, but let me give you a rough idea for an Australia budget per month.  Australia Budget Per Month

Question

I find it really hard to estimate how much money I need to take with me. I’m planning on visiting Australia for about 3 months. – Eva

Answer

Hi Eva, You can travel Australia in lots of different ways. There is a big choice in accommodation: budget hostels, hotels, camp sites or sleeping in a car/campervan. You can self-drive, take an organized tour or travel by bus. Some people go out dining and clubbing every night, others cook themselves and read a book at night. But whatever way you travel, Australia is a country where you want to set yourself a budget. It’s very expensive to travel in, so you really don’t want to overspend too much! I’ve based the following budget on the way I travelled as a backpacker in Australia myself in 2006. Of course with updated (unfortunately, read: doubled) prices. I travelled alone, for 3 months, stayed in hostels and used public transport and a couple of organized tours in the more remote areas.

Australia Budget Per Month

(Prizes in Australian Dollar and an estimate)

Accommodation

The average price for a budget backpackers hostel is AUS$30 per night (a bit less in low season, around AUS$20-25). Bigger (flashpacker) hostels can go up to about AUS$40 a night. [1 month = AUS$900 | 3 months = AUS$2700]

Transport

I travelled the East Coast with the Greyhound Bus, on a Mini Travellers Pass from Sydney to Cairns. This costs around AUS$400 and is valid for 90 days. [1 month = AUS$130 | 3 months = AUS$400]

Food

You will spend around AUS$15 per day on food (B/L/D). Wether you go out or cook yourself, I found that usually you’ll spend about the same. A good tip to save money on food is to have a bigger lunch and a smaller dinner. There are many places offering AUS$5-10 lunches! Cooking with multiple people in the hostel can also bring down the cost on food. [1 month = AUS$450 | 3 months = AUS$1350]

Activities

Count on AUS$40-60 for ‘simple activities’, such as visiting the Aquarium, a Wildlife Park, a daytrip to the Blue Mountains, Surf Lesson, Daytrip Snorkelling, etc. I did about 10 of these activities in the 3 months of travel. [1 month = AUS$170 | 3 months = AUS$500 in average ]

Organized Tours

There are a couple of 3 Day tours that you probably you want to do, such as: Fraser Island 4WD Safari, Whitsunday Island Sailing Trip, Kakadu National Park, Uluru/Kata Tjuta Tour. These tours are around AUS$350 in average for the 3 days. Booking multiple tours can give a discount in most cases. [I did all these tours, so that was around AUS$1400 for 3 months] Between Alice Springs – Adelaide, Adelaide – Melbourne and Melbourne – Canberra – Sydney, I travelled with a company called ‘Adventure Tours‘. These tours are quite pricey (a bit more than above tours) , but include accommodation, food, a tour guide, national park fees and most activities. I didn’t included these in this calculation.   Australia Budget Per Month

Total Costs

Adding all the above costs, I get to a rough AUS$2117 per month (3 months = AUS$6350).

Extra Costs

Don’t forget to add any additional costs you might make to your Australia budget per month:

  • Flight (around AUS$1500 from Europe)
  • Domestic Flights (around AUS$100 single, I used 2 of them, from Cairns to Darwin and from Darwin to Alice Springs)
  • Backpack, shoes, clothing and other personal travel needs
  • Insurance
  • Souvenirs
  • (Alcoholic) drinks (around AUS$6-8 for a house beer/wine, AUS$4-5 for soft drinks)

 

Please send me your Australia questions! I’ve visited Australia 3 times, travelled all around the country and lived in Sydney for 2 years, working as a hostel receptionist and Australian Travel Agent. I love to answer any questions you might have.  I’ll do my best to answer to my best and current knowledge, or help you find the right resources to prepare for the trip of your lifetime. I fell in love with Australia, and I know you will too. You can post your questions in the comment section or mail me on thetraveltester@gmail.com

Previous questions about Australia included how to make the first step to go travelling and the different types of discount cards and hostel membership cards available. We also talked about the question ‘is it safe to travel as a girl alone in Australia?’ and whether it’s a good idea to get a campervan or public transport to travel around.

Last week, I gave you the highlights on the East Coast of Australia. Did you get excited already?

One of the hardest questions I (most often) get, are about how much money to bring to Australia for a certain amount of time. It’s hard because it’s so dependent on your travel style and the amount of time you spend in Australia, but let me give you a rough idea for an Australia budget per month. 

Australia Budget Per Month

 

Question

I find it really hard to estimate how much money I need to take with me. I’m planning on visiting Australia for about 3 months. – Eva

Answer

Hi Eva,

You can travel Australia in lots of different ways. There is a big choice in accommodation: budget hostels, hotels, camp sites or sleeping in a car/campervan. You can self-drive, take an organized tour or travel by bus. Some people go out dining and clubbing every night, others cook themselves and read a book at night.

But whatever way you travel, Australia is a country where you want to set yourself a budget. It’s very expensive to travel in, so you really don’t want to overspend too much!

I’ve based the following budget on the way I travelled as a backpacker in Australia myself in 2006. Of course with updated (unfortunately, read: doubled) prices. I travelled alone, for 3 months, stayed in hostels and used public transport and a couple of organized tours in the more remote areas.

 

Australia Budget Per Month

(Prizes in Australian Dollar and an estimate)

Accommodation

The average price for a budget backpackers hostel is AUS$30 per night (a bit less in low season, around AUS$20-25). Bigger (flashpacker) hostels can go up to about AUS$40 a night. [1 month = AUS$900 | 3 months = AUS$2700]

Transport

I travelled the East Coast with the Greyhound Bus, on a Mini Travellers Pass from Sydney to Cairns. This costs around AUS$400 and is valid for 90 days. [1 month = AUS$130 | 3 months = AUS$400]

Food

You will spend around AUS$15 per day on food (B/L/D). Wether you go out or cook yourself, I found that usually you’ll spend about the same. A good tip to save money on food is to have a bigger lunch and a smaller dinner. There are many places offering AUS$5-10 lunches! Cooking with multiple people in the hostel can also bring down the cost on food. [1 month = AUS$450 | 3 months = AUS$1350]

Activities

Count on AUS$40-60 for ‘simple activities’, such as visiting the Aquarium, a Wildlife Park, a daytrip to the Blue Mountains, Surf Lesson, Daytrip Snorkelling, etc. I did about 10 of these activities in the 3 months of travel. [1 month = AUS$170 | 3 months = AUS$500 in average ]

Organized Tours

There are a couple of 3 Day tours that you probably you want to do, such as: Fraser Island 4WD Safari, Whitsunday Island Sailing Trip, Kakadu National Park, Uluru/Kata Tjuta Tour. These tours are around AUS$350 in average for the 3 days. Booking multiple tours can give a discount in most cases. [I did all these tours, so that was around AUS$1400 for 3 months]

Between Alice Springs – Adelaide, Adelaide – Melbourne and Melbourne – Canberra – Sydney, I travelled with a company called ‘Adventure Tours‘. These tours are quite pricey (a bit more than above tours) , but include accommodation, food, a tour guide, national park fees and most activities. I didn’t included these in this calculation.

 

Australia Budget Per Month

 

Total Costs

Adding all the above costs, I get to a rough AUS$2117 per month (3 months = AUS$6350).

 

Extra Costs

Don’t forget to add any additional costs you might make to your Australia budget per month:

  • Flight (around AUS$1500 from Europe)
  • Domestic Flights (around AUS$100 single, I used 2 of them, from Cairns to Darwin and from Darwin to Alice Springs)
  • Backpack, shoes, clothing and other personal travel needs
  • Insurance
  • Souvenirs
  • (Alcoholic) drinks (around AUS$6-8 for a house beer/wine, AUS$4-5 for soft drinks)

 

Please send me your Australia questions! I’ve visited Australia 3 times, travelled all around the country and lived in Sydney for 2 years, working as a hostel receptionist and Australian Travel Agent. I love to answer any questions you might have.  I’ll do my best to answer to my best and current knowledge, or help you find the right resources to prepare for the trip of your lifetime. I fell in love with Australia, and I know you will too. You can post your questions in the comment section or mail me on thetraveltester@gmail.com

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  • My husband and I are moving to Sydney for 6 months for a post-doctorate position he received at Macquarie U. Since I have no idea if I will be able to find work (though the school has assured me that I will be able to work if I come over with his visa) as of right now we have only one guaranteed income of $2500 AU (without taxes taken out). Alas, it is a very small budget for two people to live off of. In addition, I have no idea what to budget for utilities (electricity/gas/water/internet?), expected travel costs in the city on public transportation (because I have idea where we will be living) or monthly grocery budget (this would be great if you could give me an estimate). I have food allergies to dairy and wheat, so I know some groceries will cost more. Do you have any recommendations of health food stores, utility costs, etc? I’ve lived in London before and it was great; I assume Australia (at least within cities) is more like Europe where you will be able to get around fine with a bike/walking/public transport? Thank you!

  • Hi

    I have a working holiday visa and am leaving in June 2014, I hope to have a couple of months of fun and then look for work, I am travelling from Cairns to Sydney and I wondered what would be the best way to manage my money. Would you just leave your money in the UK account and just take out via the cashpoints over there or am I able to open an aussie account and transfer my money over?? Thanks Christina

  • Hi,

    Hope you can help,

    We are visiting Aus this august for a family reunion and have rented a motorhome for 3 weeks, i have no idea of the cost for the trip, my boys 6, 4, and my wife will be driving from brisbane to melbourne via sydney. The van is paid for, just hope i have enough money to enjoy all ausvhas to offer

  • I would love to take my wife to Australia as we have never been there and often wondered about it.
    I am 75 and my wife is 74, but do not know how much it would cost as she would not be able to (rough-it). Like to go for a month! Can anyone suggest the easiest way and costs of hotels etc. especially in Melbourne-Thanks

  • Hello,
    I’m travelling Australia for three months from the end of September.
    This breakdown is really handy!!
    We were planning on getting a Greyhound pass. Looking at the bus timetables there are a lot of stops; which is making me think travel from these bus stops to hostels/National parks etc is going to start adding up as well.
    Do you still think this will be the cheaper way to travel or is it worth looking into renting a car/van?
    We are travelling from Cairns to Melbourne.

    Thanks!

  • hi miss Krook..
    me and family (plus 2 aunts and an uncle) are planning to visit Sydney & Melbourne for this years xmas & new year, already booked hotel only.
    still wondering where to go (bcos many places might be closed – since it’s holiday) also what’s the budget for food & transportation per week?
    we are planning to take a 2 week holiday..
    thanks a lot

  • So I am hopefully travelling In November. Jobs wise – can you advise if I would be able to get a job as a hairstylist. Looking to travel to Melbourne. I ‘m on a tight budget so worried that the cost of living will drain my funds really quickly. If going for a year on a working visa – what amount of money is recommended? Thanks

  • Hi there,
    Me and my boyfriend are looking to spend a month in Australia next summer, probably the whole of June or July. We want to tick of as much of the usual “bucket-list” sights and activities possible. I was just wondering what route you would take and the main destinations you would stop at. Im just at the start of my trip research now so any tips would be great!
    Thank you
    Sarah

  • Hello,

    I would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to post our comments on the website.

    Well, I am pretty sure you can help me with my query. In fact, I am planning for my second trip to Down Under in Nov. So, I would just like to know how much would I need to take there ?

    Mum gave me some funds on my first visit and my boyfriend provided accomodation and food. His situation is quite complicated because he has been put on Newstart now. So, he gets roughly about $390 AUD a fornight. I have enough money to book my ticket online and pay for the visa though. Rest assured, he can accomodate me again. Food won’t be a problem either.

    I am also trying to find a work, so I can save more for my pocket money.

    And, by the way I am from Mauritius.

    Thank you.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Best regards,

    Shane.

    • Hi Shane, It’s been over four years since we’ve been to Australia now, so I am not really up-to-date with the cost of things there at the moment. I remember that when I first arrived in Australia, they asked for proof of at least 3200 AUS$ on your account to show you had enough funds to last you for a while, then of course it depends on your travel style, how long you are planning on staying and the work you’re going to do while you’re there how much you will end up needing. I would recommend to do some research on accommodation (hostels/hotels/apartments) online first then rougly calculate how much you would need. As for activities, have a look at some of the tour operator website to get a rough idea of how much they are (like gadventures/stray/ozexperience/adventure tours, etc.), for other costs, I would check these website for more up-to-date tips on budgets: http://www.rockytravel.net/ and http://www.ytravelblog.com/ as they are based in Australia and can probably help you out more! All the best with preparing your trip! Nienke

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