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Cash Supply for Backpacking Around Australia

Cash Supply for Backpacking Around Australia

Whatever plans you have made for backpacking in Australia you will need to take some cash with you. The amount you take will depend on what you have managed to do in the planning phase (i.e, prebooked accommodation, shuttle, opened an Australian bank account, etc...). Learn how much cash you will need to take to Australia to see you through the first 2 weeks.

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E.F.T Transferring Money to Australia

E.F.T Transferring Money to Australia

If you're on a Working Holiday Visa or are backpacking in Australia for extended periods, the largest part of your holiday funds will be paid into your Australian bank account. Learn how to tranfer money to an Australia before you go.

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Contingency Funds for the Backpacker in Australia

Contingency Funds for the Backpacker in Australia

Anything can happen when you're backpacking around Australia and if something goes wrong, having a contingency fund will enable you to act quickly when you need to get things sorted out. In the case of an emergency (i.e, your money gets lost or stolen) or even if you simply over spend and just wind up broke, you will need access to money, accommodation, food, transport & identification documents to get everything back on track.

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A Guide to Travellers Cheques for Backpackers in Australia

A Guide to Travellers Cheques for Backpackers in Australia

Travellers cheques can be used to safely transport your money to Australia where they can be 'encashed' at some stage during your trip. They can be ordered in a shop front (bank, post office, etc...) or online which are delivered to you in the post.Learn how to use travellers cheques and why they are good for backpacking in Australia.

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Money Management for the Backpacker in Australia

Money Management for the Backpacker in Australia

When you're planning a backpacking trip to Australia, knowing how to sensibly manage your money is one of the most important aspects. You will need to know how to open an Australian bank account, transfer money, proctect yourself in a financial emergency and of course, how to budget for your trip (i.e, cost of living in Australia). Learn everything you need to know about managing money for backpacking in Australia.

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Australian Bank Accounts Explained - Backpackers Guide

Australian Bank Accounts Explained - Backpackers Guide

An Australian bank account can be opened before you go which you can then transfer funds into in advance for when you arrive or alternatively you can open an account when you get there. Both options for opening a new Australian bank account are covered in this article as well as some helpful ideas about how to choose the right account for you.

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Currency Conversion Guide for Backpackers in Australia

Currency Conversion Guide for Backpackers in Australia

Knowing how to convert currencies will be a definite advantage to backpackers in Australia and all over the world. This calculation is a simple but very useful tool which will help you compare costs in Australia.

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The Backpacker's Budget for Australia - Cost Of living In Australia - PART 1

The Backpacker's Budget for Australia

Budgeting for backpacking in Australia is all about getting the most out of your trip with the funds you have available. To do this you need to know where you want to go, what you want to do and roughly how much time you'll spend in each place.

So that's the basic idea for budgeting, but how much do things actually cost in Australia? and how do you calculate the living costs for backpacking?

In this article we outline how to budget for backpacking around Australia including getting up to date prices for accommodation, transport, essential shopping items and day-to-day living expenses so you can budget your trip with confidence before you go.

Calculating your budget for backpacking in Australia

The type of visa you have and the amount of time you are going to be backpacking in Australia will change the way you budget.

For example, if you are on a working holiday visa (in Australia for upto 12 months or more) it's not worth trying to budget for your entire trip because so much can happen along the way and your plans can change at any time.

If this is you, the best thing to do is work out the costs of things you know you will always need no matter where you are (i.e, accommodation, transport, food, phone credit, other shopping etc...) for one week. Then you can multiply one weeks living cost by the amount of time you will be in Australia for a rough outline (more in a moment).

If you are visiting Australia for a shorter period (i.e, on a tourist visa or as part of a round the world tour), the chances are your budget needs to be a lot more accurate. You will need to budget for the day-to-day things (mentioned above) but include long distance tranport and the cost of any activities you have planned (more to follow).

So with the basic idea of how to calculate your budget, let's now see how to get the actual prices for everything you'll need and total them up into the budget for your trip.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Do you know which visa to get yet? Check out the Visas for Backpacking Around Australia article to see which visa you will need and how to apply. Remember also that a visa will cost you money which needs to be included in your budget.

What is the cost of living in Australia for backpackers?

The rest of this section will show you how to find the actual cost of living in Australia and give you an idea of some extra things you may not have included in your budget.

As mentioned before, try to think of absolutely everything you will need, what you want to do, where you want to go and how you will get there. This way you can do all the things you want to do and not have to miss out on something fantastic because you don't have the money.

Costs of Food and other day-to-day shopping in Australia

You can start by working out how much shopping you normally buy for one week at home. Make sure you include all of the day-to-day necessities like food, drink, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, razors, make up, medicine etc... and make a list of these items.

Keeping your shopping receipts will help. Over one week, write down what you have used and include any items you needed more of before that week ended (i.e, more milk, bread etc...). The closer you can narrow down this list, the more realistic your budgeting becomes and better organised you will be.

Once you have made your list and you're confident it contains everything you need for a week (without needing anything else), it's time to compare the costs. You can do this by finding one of the major supermarkets in Australia and comparing your list to their online shopping service.

The two largest supermarkets in Australia are Coles and Woolworths (both are nationwide) which can be used to calculate the price (in Australian dollars) of your shopping for a week.

Often these supermarket websites will ask you for a post code (to make sure their delivery service covers a particular area). Of course for research purposes this is not necessary because the prices are all that matter at this stage.

Entering the postcode of a suburb (in a major city) with one of these supermarkets in it's proximity will do the trick. Try 4106 (postcode for Brisbane Market) and select Rocklea as your suburb (both Coles and Woolworths have supermarkets in this area).

So to calculate your shooping list, go through each item in turn, making notes of the prices as you go until you have the equivalent cost of your shopping list in Australian dollars. Next, add up the total of everything on your list and write it down to be included in your backpacking budget.

Don't foget Laundry Services in your Budget

Something people usually forget in their budget is laundry services and in most instances you will have to pay to use washers/dryers. You can usually find them dotted around the suburbs and more often in the hostels. Generally to use a washing machine it will cost around $4AUD and the same for a dryer.

Don't forget you will also have to buy your own washing powder (sometimes provided in vending machines), so if you set aside $10AUD per person, per week it should be ample.

Working out the cost of Backpacker Hostels in Australia

Hostels are the backpackers choice for accommodation (read our helpful Hostels in Australia - Hostel Life of the Backpacker article). The quality of a hostel is generally reflected in the price and can vary quite a bit. The type of hostel you choose is up to you and must be tailored to your needs, just remember though, budgeting is about making the most effective use of your funds.

To get an idea of the going rates for hostel accommodation you can use the internet to research which hostels are available in the areas you want to visit and make a note of their prices for your budget. Do a google search for 'hostels australia' or try Hostel Bookers, YHA Hostels, Hostel World, Hostelz etc... to get started.

If you're on a tight budget you may wish to book accommodation (a little bit in advance) to enable you to calculate the costs more specifically. If you arrive only to find the hostel you calculated for is fully booked, it will change your budget. It also ensures that you have a place to stay when you arrive and eliminates the hassle of finding somewhere else (it's always a good idea to book ahead).

If you'll be working in Australia you may wish to find the average cost for accommodation by comparing the difference in price range (of several hostels) using the average price as a guide (per week which you can multiply).

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Although you may need to pay a small deposit to reserve a booking (usually the cost of one nights stay) it's not advisable to pay the full amount until you actually arrive (for obvious reasons). If you're asked to pay in full you may wish to look elsewhere for another hostel.

Costs of Working in Austrlia and tools of the trade

Some people may need to allow funds for tools or other necessities needed to work in Australia. For example if you wanted to do some kind of construction, you would need to allow for steel toe cap boots and a 'blue card' (safety induction course, more in a moment).

So any tools of the trade or items which are necessary for you to work will need to go into the budget. It's advisable to research the kind of work you will be doing and setting aside enough to cover setup costs (take a look at the Employment In Australia Finding Work - Backpackers Guide article).

Training Courses for working in Australia

In Australia, there are some jobs/occupations which require certification before you can start work. The R.S.A (Responsible Serving of Alcohol) certificate for example is needed to work in a bar or as a waiter/waitress.

A Training course is basically a brief informative course which you have to attend (with a short test at the end) to get your certificate. So, this cost will be need to be included for your budget.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia At the moment there is no national certificate (i.e, a certificate that works in every state in Australia) which means you will need to get a new certificate for each state that you visit.

So be sure to include the cost of each certificate you will need for each state (learn more in the Training Courses for Employment in Australia article).
Read Part 2 of the Backpacker's Budget
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