Australia spending summary
Overall score (Dan) = B-
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B
Total days = 25 nights, 26 days
Total cost = $5,270
Cost per day = $203 / day
Flight costs = $470 for two flights from Christchurch
Our expectations for Australia were surprisingly low after the great time we had in New Zealand because we didn’t see Australia as having the “highlights” around every corner like New Zealand did, and we weren’t convinced the cities would be that much different than anything in the US.
We were only partially right and as we spent four weeks exploring Australia, our sentiments certainly changed. We were correct in the thought that the big cities weren’t that much different than you’d find in the US, but we were highly impressed with everything else that comes with Australia. From the incredible rain forests and the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland near the city of Cairns to the barren and beautiful Outback, Australia’s sites won us over.
As you’ll see in the details, we got very lucky in Melbourne as we stayed 6 free days at my friend’s apartment near the beach – definitely a big money saver. Outside of Melbourne, we spent 6 days in a camper van in the “Red Center” (or the Outback), 3 days in an Air BnB apartment, and then 11 days in another camper van between Cairns and Brisbane.