Your budget for your backpacking trip in Australia depends on many factors. First of all, it is up to you how much you actually want to do. In addition, it is very important to assess how ‘good’ you are travelling on a low budget?

Not everyone is equally eager to always look for and take the cheapest options. There are many backpackers who occasionally want to save time by taking a flight or prefer a more comfortable room. Nothing wrong with that since there are cheap domestic airfares if sorted well in advance.
How long you want to travel is also important. If you want to see a lot within a short period of time – and do not want spend 90% of your day on the bus – it will cost you more than if you take it slower. Also, important to note is determining the content of your days. Spending the entire day on the beach or taking walks is cheaper than going out on a tour every day. The cliché that you can make it as crazy as you want it is really applicable.

With whom / how much do you travel?
Travelling with a group is usually cheaper than solo travel. Very large groups don’t always sit well with everyone, but most of the time eating together and sharing a room with someone can easily save you money. Even if you travel alone, it is not difficult at all to find someone with whom you can share these things. Either by meeting other travellers at tours or in your hostel, or by scrolling through some backpacker’s Facebook Pages.

Costs in Australia
Average prices are difficult to give. This is very much dependent on the above factors. A hostel room, for example, you can arrange a room anywhere between 25-40 AUD a night. This is not really a luxurious room, but if you want to, you should think more towards 60-80 AUD a night. The prices differ enormously in terms of food. In the supermarket you have a bottle of water for 75-euro cents and for about 5 dollars you have a nice meal. If you want to order this in a restaurant, you pay twice or three times the price. However, we put below some information about some basic things.

General information costs Australia

Flight tickets – Flying into Australia isn’t cheap, so try and look into cheaper fares during certain periods!

Travel insurance – Often overlooked, but essential for your trip.

Buying a backpack
– What is backpacking without a backpack?

Accommodation, transport and activities – we put the prices of the busses in the tab “Basic Budget Australia”. The cheapest option to travel the East Coast, for example would be the premier bus. This will save you some money you can spend on other things.How do I determine my budget for my backpacking trip in Australia? Determining your budget for your backpack trip in Australia can be quite difficult. With these tips we will help you a long way!

The most comprehensive costs

These costs are fairly easy to calculate. It is the costs that you make prior to your trip or have already established.

1. Your flight ticket to Australia. Do you have a tight budget? Then try to travel outside the school holiday periods.
2 Add the necessary visa costs and the premium of your travel.

Insurance of your choice

These clear costs form the basis of your travel budget. Continue with the preparation of a monthly budget based on the following costs.

Travel expenses

Depends on the type of transport that you will use to get from one destination to another. Some travellers are opposed to the idea of long bus or train journeys, particularly when you can get low-cost national or regional flights with airlines such as JetStar or Tigerair airways. Although these flights are relatively cheap, it is still a considerable cost item on your budget. For the real backpack experience, we propose bus trips. So, you experience the country as the locals do and you have irreplaceable views on the way.

Overnight Stays

As an adventurous backpacker you would like to travel on the flight, so you may not book your overnight stays in Australia. No problem, there is a simple way of setting up an overnight budget per state by using online accommodation providers. Calculate the average price for daily accommodation by looking at the average price of an overnight stay in:

1. Big Cities (i.e. Sydney, Melbourne)
2. Island Resorts (i.e. Fraser Island)
3. Beach Towns (i.e. Byron Bay).

Do you want to keep your budget limited? Then set yourself a maximum for what you are willing to spend per night for an overnight stay. This way you will look more specifically and stay within your budget. Also, sometimes book the accommodation in advance, by yourself or at a recommended travel agency. Due to the peak season, the accommodation in some touristy places tend to fill up in advance and travel agencies can get you a discount if you book a package with them (i.e. Petperpans Adventure Travel & Backpackers World Travel).

Food, drinks and other fun stuff

On Budgetyourtrip.com you can view per country the basic costs for daily expenses. So, you can look up the costs of a beer, a bottle of water, or a meal in Australia. As a rule of thumb, keep the following per day:
2 bottles of water, 2.5 meals and 1 beer (unless you do not like to drink at all). We opt for 2.5 meals because many hostels now offer free breakfast (Toast/butter/jam).

Other costs

Even if you are limited by a backpack in the amount that you can carry along, it will surprise you how much money will go from your budget to unforeseen purchases. So, you lose your sunglasses or four during your trip, someone accidentally walks away from the hostel with your slippers or you really have to wear new cool pants. In addition, you will most likely buy a lot of Australian souvenirs to take home as a happy reminder of your Australian Adventure.


Always provide a buffer: an extra amount on top of the budget you have put together. This is for damage; for example, an accident with a rented scooter, or emergencies; for example, skim practices or losing your passport. Think of it as a sort of ’emergency jar’. Did you not have to dig into this pot at the end of your trip? Then you have some extra pocket money left to close your trip or deposit into your savings account as a starting budget for your next backpack adventure.

Own experiences

From our own experience we use on average of between € 1000 and € 2000 per month during our backpacking trips in Australia. For this amount we use domestic bus journeys and we stay in hostels. We have 1 or 2 parties a week and drink an average of 2 glasses of beer a day. Furthermore, we entertain ourselves within this budget with an average of 2 short excursions or activities per week (think of a surfing lesson) and 2 larger excursions in the month (think of the Whitsundays sailing trip). Please note, the budget mentioned here is exclusive of ‘the most comprehensive costs’ mentioned in this article.

An overnieuw about the basic costs in Australia 

Work & holiday visa: 450 AUD Tourist visa: 140 AUD

Coffee: 3.50-4.50 AUD
Tea: 2.00-4.00 AUD
Beer: 6.00– 12.00 AUD
Wine:6.00 – 12.00 AUD
Hamburger: 5.00 – 20.00 AUD
Pasta: 10.00- 25.00 AUD
Fish & Chips: 10.00-20.00 AUD
Hostels costs average a night 25-40 AUS a night

Hop-on-hop-off bus:

Greyhound: hop-on-hop-off passes (valid 90 days from moment of traveling, departs different times a day)
Cairns< >Melbourne: 549 AUD
Cairns < > Sydney: 445 AUD
Brisbane < > Cairns: 350 AUD
Melbourne < > Brisbane: 235 AUD
Sydney < > Brisbane: 149 AUD

Premier (budget: departs 1 time a day)
Sydney < > Brisbane 103 AUD (valid 3 months) Byron Bay < > Airlie 196 AUD (valid 3 months) Byron Bay < > Cairns 278AUD (valid for 6 months) Brisbane < > Cairns 258 AUD (valid 6 months) Sydney < > Airlie 278 AUD (valid 6 months)
Sydney < > Cairns 330 AUD (valid 3 months) Sydney < > Cairns 361 AUD (valid 6 months)


There are a lot of travel agencies (i.e. Peterpans Adventure Travel,  Backpackers World Travel, The Travel Project, etc. ) where you can book a package to travel the East-Coast for example.

Biggest cost items

The costs below are some of the biggest and most common costs during your backpack trip through Australia. We have collected a number of tips for each part so that you can save a lot of money.

11 Money-saving tips during backpacking

Every backpacker wants to travel as long as possible. Unfortunately, money plays an important role in this. We help you by giving you some money-saving tips for backpacking. By saving in this way while traveling you can hopefully add a number of extra weeks to your journey. To help you keep your dream trip affordable, here are a few thrifty ways to stretch your travel dollar further in Australia.


1. Studentcard
Take your student card with you! In some clubs/tours you get a lot of discounts with a student card.

2. Packlightly
We recommend leaving home with no more than 15kg in your backpack. You will have more room for that new wardrobe you buy when you stopover in South East Asia, for example, and you will avoid those pesky extra baggage fees. Chances are you will live in your swimmers and flip flops anyway!

3. Find a travel buddy (or several!)
This will allow you to share the cost of things like taxis and cooking as well as save you loads in general.

4. Don’t drink every day (or at least try not to!)-Good for your wallet and for your liver! We promise this will be harder than it sounds when every day is the weekend!

5. Get a Peterpans Gold Card
This gives you free internet and WIFI all over Australia – great for skyping home. You also get $1000’s worth of discounts and freebies on things like activities, haircuts, gym memberships, meals and drinks

6. Go to the Grocery Store
Learn how to cook a few cheap meals and hit up the local supermarkets as you travel rather than eating out every night. Woolworths, Coles and Aldi are the three main supermarkets. Beware of the $5 meals at backpacker bars, you will usually come away spending way more than you intended on beer while you wait for you meal!

7. Get tips from the locals!
Locals are the best source of information and are a great way to find out about those secret locations not featured in the tourist guides for a great free day out

8. Visit the Liquor Store.
Most hostels have great communal areas, so it is cheaper to grab some beers from the liquor store and get social at the hostel rather than paying top dollar in the pubs. If you can’t bear to stay home and party, do what the Aussies do and ‘pre-drink’ before you go out, so you aren’t as tempted to buy as many drinks.

9. Make the most of overnight busses and trains–It’s not the most comfortable sleep in the world, so do invest in an inflatable pillow for those overnight bus trips. These save you a few nights’ accommodation.

10.Be aware of the $5 meals at backpacker bars. In a lot of bar/pubs they have offer especially for the backpackers.

11.Try Couch Surfing! Hostels are sometimes pretty expensive and couch surfing is free. You also get in contact with locals, who can tell you a lot about the destination.