I believe it’s helpful to read traveler’s budgets to give you an idea of what you may spend in a country. I previously shared my New Zealand budget so it’s only logical to follow that up with my Australia budget.
Australia was very expensive for me. I was aiming to spend about $2500 for the 39 days I was there, but I went way over budget. While in Australia, the exchange rate was $1 AUD to .99 US dollar. In the end, I spent roughly $3652.37 AUD or $3689.26 US dollars or $94.60 a day. As I said, I went way over budget. It appears the AUD is stronger today so if I had spent the $3652.37 AUD now, it would cost a few hundred dollars more, $3899.32.
My budget is broken up into seven categories: lodging, food, entertainment, activities, transportation, misc and internet. I’ve also included my notes for each day to give a little more insight into how I track expenses.
It will be a little harder to break my budget down due to purchasing most accomodation and activities through a travel agent at Peter Pans. With having only 39 days in Australia, I wanted to be sure to see everything I wanted and an agent helped to make sure I was exactly where I wanted to be when I needed to be there especially since I was traveling over Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The total cost for the package was $1800 AUD or $1818 USD. This included almost all my lodging, my three day tour of Uluru, my transportation up the eastern coast, a Great Ocean Road tour, sailing the Whitsundays, a snorkeling trip on the Great Barrier Reef, visiting Magnetic Island and a few other sightseeing excursions. Unfortunately, the agent could not break the price up into categories so I have to lump the price into activity column even though it included accomodation.
The total here was $414 AUD or $418.18 USD. This is for a 15 day YHA pass and an unexpected night in a hostel due to the flooding. It’s really hard to average this out due to my Peter Pan package.
I think I did decent here. Total of $308.52 AUD or $311.63 USD. I followed the same process as New Zealand and bought a lot of groceries in order to carry sandwiches and snacks with me whenever possible. I didn’t eat out a great deal which saved a good amount of money.
I don’t really use this column a great deal but I included my visit to the Sydney IMAX. The ticket was $22.80 AUD or $23.03 USD. Expensive, but it was incredible and a check off my bucket list.
This is the huge one. Totals were $2241.20 AUD or $2263.82 USD but that includes the $1800 AUD travel package. It was higher due to a few other unplanned excursions such as diving on the Great Barrier Reef (AWESOME), a day trip to Cape Tribulation, the Koala Center on Magnetic Island, Sydney Opera House and ACMI in Melbourne. I figure as long as I’m in Australia, I should do as much as possible even if it is expensive.
Even with the travel package, this came to $433.9 AUD or $438.28 USD due to the floods. I was in Brisbane as the flooding began and was unable to take my Greyhound bus to the next destination. This meant I had to buy a last minute plane ticket to the Whitsundays which cost me $292.50 AUD. Other transportion costs were mainly shuttle buses or buses around towns.
This totaled $126.05 AUD or $127.32 USD. It mainly entailed laundry, postcards, gifts and shipping. I also had to buy an umbrella at one point due to all the rain.
Just like NZ, internet in Australia was expensive. I spent $105.91 AUD or $106.98 USD on Global Gossip internet access. That’s not too bad for almost six weeks but still more than necessary. I also used McDonald’s wifi whenever possible to save a few dollars.
The biggest lesson I learned in Australia is that traveling can always bring unexpected expenses. The plane ticket is proof of that. When budgeting for a trip, always have an emergency fund for unexpected situations.
Australia definitely cost a great deal more than planned but it was oh so worth it. Even going over budget, I don’t regret any of the money I spent. Australia is an amazing country and all of my experiences were incredible.