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We spent an average of $93 each per day in Australia over the course of 17 days. Here is a collection of our impressions, travel tips, accommodation reviews, and the cost break down.
Sydney is an absolutely incredible city and probably one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s a major cosmopolitan city with delicious food, beautiful neighborhoods, and picturesque beaches and bays. Oh yea and the weather is mostly warm and nice all year round. What’s not to like? I recommend spending a least a few days here if not a week. We were there with my parents, celebrating my mom’s birthday and seeing friends and family (I lived in Sydney for 5 years when I was younger). There’s no shortage of things to do in Sydney though some highlights include lunch at the Fish Market and climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
We did a five day driving tour around the Eastern part of Tasmania, starting in Hobart and winding our way up to Launceston. Tasmania has some incredible scenery with gorgeous beaches and national parks. Definitely worth spending a few days, if not a week in.
Would we do it the same way?
Australia is truly a beautiful country. If only it wasn’t so far away from North America/Europe I would be going there a lot more frequently. The beaches are incredible as are the national parks, and there is no shortage of cuisine to choose from. In Sydney it seems like every street has a various array of ethnic restaurants and it really is a melting pot of many cultures.
But… it is incredibly expensive. Everything is expensive. From groceries to attractions. Basically think of the most you would ever want to pay for something and then double (or triple it) and that’s the Aussie price. If you’re thinking of going shopping for clothes, forget it – the prices are beyond outrageous (in my mind). Cost of living in Sydney seems to be outrageous as well. Property prices are through the roof. I have no idea how anyone affords anything over there. Not exactly a budget travel destination.
In terms of the people, we found everyone to be fairly friendly and with language not being a barrier it is always easier to communicate with locals. We spent a lot of time with Russian friends and family so we didn’t couchsurf or have any long term interactions with the local Aussies, but from what we saw they seem to be nice. Oh but that accent though – that can be tough to decipher at times. In Tasmania specifically there were a handful of times, especially on the phone, when I flat out had no idea what I was being told. And the slang can be pretty funny too, so try to be on the lookout for funny phrases or words for things.
Overall Australia is a lovely country that I would have loved to see more of.
We had some great meals in Australia. From fresh oysters every day in Tasmania to various new types of fish that I had never even heard of before, we really feasted on fresh seafood. My two favorite dishes were the oysters at Bark Mill Tavern in Tasmania, and the fried soft shell crab at the Sydney Fish Market.
Soft shell crab is simply my new favorite food and oysters I’ve been in love with since last summer.
The best experience had to be the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb. I bought tickets for my mom and I to go for her birthday and it was an unforgettable experience.
We took some local buses around Sydney and found them to run on time and be comfortable. The bus system is more extensive than the train so depending on where you are going you will have to take the bus. If you’re going to the beaches the bus is the best way to get there.
We didn’t take any trains in Australia.
We didn’t take any cabs in Australia.
We didn’t take any long distance buses in Australia.
We were able to use our student ids a few times so take these with you.
No problems with public facilities in Sydney. They are easy to find and even the public beaches have free bathrooms and showers.
We felt very safe in Australia.
Food is expensive in Australia and eating out can quickly add up. Lunch at a simple sit down restaurant will easily cost you over $20 and dinners are even more expensive. For a cheaper lunch look for to go places, fish and chip shops or more ethnic restaurants. You can get a great bowl of Malaysian laksa for around $7.
Credit Cards And Money
We had no problems using our credit cards in Australia.
Internet does not seem to be all that great in Australia. Everywhere we stayed in Tasmania claimed to have free wifi, when in fact the signal either didn’t reach or you had to pay for it (around $5-10 for 24 hours per device). Connection did not seem to be particularly fast.
We stayed in a mix of apartments, cabins or with friends/family,
We did not couchsurf in Australia.
We kept track of every cost we had down to the purchase level and categorized it into 5 groupings:
So where did we end up? $93 per person, per day.
*In the daily average I did not include the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb as this was a birthday present for my mom.
Would we go back to YES?