Carrying Cash Safely while 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. The ideal situation would be that by the time you leave home you will have...

  • 1) Opened your Australian bank account and transferred your money in advance (read the Opening an Australian Bank Account from Overseas - Australian Bank Accounts Explained article).

  • 2) Booked a week or two in a hostel (in advance) OR arranged accommodation which you won't need to pay for when you get there.

  • 3) Pre-booked a shuttle bus OR arranged transport to get you from the airport to the place where you're staying.

  • 4) Acquired an Australian SIM card and compatible mobile phone (although this is not completely necessary as you can easily get setup it when you arrive).

Assuming you had already made these arrangements you will only need enough cash to buy the everyday necessities like your food, toiletry products and enough for transport costs depending where you're.

So you would only need the amount of money required to survive until you visit the bank to activate your account ($200AUD or so would be fine). Check out the The Backpacker's Budget for Australia - Cost Of living In Australia - PART 1 article for the cost of dat-to-day necessities in Australia and also the Contingency Funds - Savings when you need them - Backpacking Australia – PART 1 on how to create a contingency plan.

You could take some of your toiletries with you, but for something which costs relatively little and can be bought when you get there, it's better to save on pack weight/space instead (learn lots more in the Backpackers Packing Guide/Checklist for backpacking around Australia - PART 1 article).
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