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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 - Savings when you need them - Backpacking Australia – PART 1

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 2

The Backpacker's Budget for Australia

Cost of Activities and recreation in Australia

At this stage you should have a fairly good idea of how to calculate the budget for your trip. The tourism industry in Australia is massive and there are tens of thousands of companies which offer all kinds of amazing activities for you to choose from.

Due to the nature of this competitive market, a lot of companies will be advertising tons of special offers or discounts, so really, you should be able to get at least a small percentage off your activities. Shop around and don't be affraid to ask for a bargain!

You will see these ads all over the web and all over Australia too, so make sure you ask other backpackers about their experiences and keep searching for money saving options.

As for recreation (nights out in town, days at the beach, light shopping around the markets and plazas, etc...) you may wish to spend some time considering what kind of lifestyle you want to have on your trip and how that effects the amount you set aside.

For example, when you go to the beach will you be buying food/drinks there or will you make your lunch and take it with you? When you buy souvenirs, how will you get them back home? Carry them or send them? How much will it cost? If you want to go out for a drink in the evenings, will you start drinking before you go out and have a few at last orders? or will you spend the whole night on the town?

Budgeting for Insurance (travel insurance/motor insurance)

Insurance of any kind will need to be added to the budget. Travel insurance can be found online and needs to be arranged before you go (see section A Backpacker's Travel Insurance Guide for backpacking Australia - PART 1). Motor insurance and roadside assistance are also going to be factors if you intend to buy a campervan or car (see section Backpackers Guide to Driving in Australia - PART 1).

Calculating Transport costs for getting around Australia

After researching the places you wish to visit and the things you want to do, it's time to plan a route which will take you from A to B in the most cost effective way possible.

Although the creation of a more thorough budget concerns the tourist/sightseer, the working backpacker would do well to a least research the options and costs of long distance transport.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia If you want to learn more about the transport options in Australia there is information and links to websites containing timetable information, contact details and fares in the Getting Around Australia - Backpackers Guide article.

Finding out Local transport Costs

Local transport is going to include trains, buses, river boats, shuttle buses and trams. One way to deal with this aspect of the budget is to set aside a daily amount for local transport. This is a case of researching ticket prices in each area and adding the total costs to the budget.

As already mentioned in the Getting Around Australia - Backpackers Guide section, in some cities when you buy a public transport ticket (regardless of the service on which it's purchased), it allows you to travel on all public services for the time the ticket is valid.

For example, when you know you will be travelling around a lot that day, you can purchase a 'day ticket' and get around relatively inexpensively on all services, all day. These cities include Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

In some cities there are even public transport services which are free! Certain lines on the Central Area Transit (CAT) buses in Perth for example. There is also the 'Sunday Saver' ticket option which again applies to some cities where you can buy (on a Sunday) a ticket for around $4.50AUD which is valid for the whole day. So it really does pay to do your research and find out about the different options.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Always check the situation for yourself regarding tickets before you make your purchase. As with all public transport options in Australia, these things are subject to change at any time.

Shuttle services are slightly different, being used only for getting from the airport to the hostel (or vice versa). It's worth finding out if the company who is supplying your accommodation includes a shuttle service in their price. If not, a shuttle can sometimes be purchased online where you can download (and print out) your ticket in advance of your departure.

Also to be included are any bridge tolls like the Sydney Harbour bridge if you're headed north along the east coast of Australia and ferry crossings like the daintree crossing at Cape Tribulation (learn more, see section Ferry Services in Australia - Backpackers Guide).

Long distance transport Costs for Backpacking

Internal flights, Interstate trains, Ferry ships and the greyhound coach services are the major long distance public transport options in Australia. By making use of these services you can get to almost anywhere in the country (see section Getting Around Australia - Backpackers Guide).

How you get from place to place is a matter of preference and cost, but whichever methods you use, they are going to be a significant consideration for the budget. So if you are on a tight budget, plan/book your route from each destination to the next and add it to your budget total.

As usual you can research transport options and prices using the internet. Apply the costs to the total outlay of your budget or at least make a record for future reference (including website addresses and contact details for the booking procedure).

Campervan/car Road Trips while backpacking in Australia

A road trip can happen in a variety of ways. Some people hire campervans to do a road trip from one place to another, some people buy second hand cars and keep a tent in the boot (using the free public camping areas which are dotted along the highways).

Often people (who already have a car or campervan) place ads on notice boards to find other backpackers to share the adventure and travel costs. For some, it's even a way of life driving around Australia and they don't use hostels at all!

If you're purchasing your own vehicle you need to include the cost of 'rego' (vehicle registration) and R.W.C (Roadworthy certification) for the budget (read the epic Backpackers Guide to Driving in Australia - PART 1 article). Obviously the cost of vehicle itself needs to be included, try searching for 'campervan' on Gumtree or Google to find people selling cars/campervans in Australia.

For short term visitors, a 'one off' road trip can be a fun and exciting aspect to include in a holiday and should be worked into your budget. This is also a good option to research for working backpackers if you're travelling in numbers.

To calculate the costs, you can find campervan hire websites on the internet (try Wicked Campers or Vroomvroom for comparisons) where they provide information on the different trips you can do and get a quote to apply to your budget.

For backpackers travelling alone, it may be worth researching campervan hire to get an idea of cost, but often, better and more cost effective options become available after you have arrived. For example, you might team up with a small group who are interested in visiting the same places as you and doing the same sort of things as you. This would be an ideal situation to share out the costs of a campervan and go about your journey together.

Or, you might share the costs with a person who already has a campervan eliminating the process of getting your own transport all together. For these reasons and the nature of backpacker life down under, a lone backapcker is probably best to be informed but wait till you get there to see what's on offer.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Food and PLENTY OF WATER will need to be allowed for over the duration of the road trip. It's a good idea to have surplus amounts of each, especially when driving through the more remote locations (see Travel Safety Tips For Backpacking Around Australia - PART 1 for more hints & tips).

If you're catching a ride with a fellow backpacker, they should be able to tell you how much the shared cost is, but if you're setting out independently you must also remember to include the cost of fuel expenses. Usually the hire company will be able to tell you the fuel consumption of the vehicle and what the going rate for petrol/gas/diesel is at the time.

Calculating the Budget Total and adding a contingency buffer

Once you have finished your research and encompassed all the relative costs (in Australian dollars) for each aspect of your trip, you will need to combine the total and convert it into your own currency (see section Currency Conversion Guide for Backpackers in Australia).

There is one factor which can effect the accuracy of your budget and that is the exchange rates. For example, with the working holiday visa you get up to 12 months to use it. So it's a good idea to plan your budget after a successful application (i.e, your visa is granted and you know you can go). Starting from scratch, planning a budget could take months and within that time the rates can change.

Of course the savvy backpacker will always add a substantial buffer to their budget and include some contingency funds (read our brilliant Contingency Funds - Savings when you need them - Backpacking Australia – PART 1 article). But even then (depending on the exchange rates at the time of calculating the budget) the amount you have saved for your trip could be over or under.

It's easy to find out what the difference is. All you need to do is keep a record of your original budget total and the exchange rates at the time of calculation. Then, you can periodically compare them (each month or so) with the current exchange rates as you get closer to your departure.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Do you know how to convert currencies and check the exchange rates? Learn how to convert your currency into Australian dollars when you're on the road and need to compare the costs. It's easy to learn and will help out a lot with budgeting (take a look at the Currency Conversion Guide for Backpackers in Australia article for more information).
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Cash Supply for Backpacking in Australia

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