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Gap Year Australia :: gap year costs

How much will it all cost?

To give you an idea of how much you’ll need to save or whether you’ll need to work while you travel, here’s an idea of how much a three month trip in Australia might cost you.

Planning your finances will help you get the most from your trip. Boring, I know, but if you are gonna go to the other side of the world, you might as well make sure you can afford to do all the cool things you have been dreaming about. Of course, you can cut corners and save money here and there (see our money tips page), but this section should give you a rough idea of the cost of a three month trip.
Many gappers work on their trip to make some extra cash. There is lots of work available, in the cities especially.

A rough price guide for three months in Australia

Return flight from the UK – £750
(Prices vary between £650 and £900. Shop around, book early and off-peak for the best deals)

Visitor visa - £10

Travel insurance covering valuables - £110

East Coast hop on / hop off coach pass - £235

Hostel accommodation (assuming you stay in a hostel every night) - £1080 (Prices vary between £8 and £16. Shop around, book early and off-peak for the best deals)

Food and drink – £900 (£10/day)

Three activities such as a bungee jump, zorbing, white water rafting - £150

Three organised trips to places of interest - £200

Shopping for clothes and souvenirs - £150

Total £3612

For 3 months including flights, accommodation, food, drink and a little shopping.
Note - Obviously the flight is a major proportion of this total.

A trip for six months would provide you with more bang for your buck.

Other important price information

Working holiday visa - £80-100

Average backpacker pay - £5 - £10 / hour

A nice, cold beer - £2.50

Skydive - £130

An average two week tour - £400



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