A few months ago we published the blog post How much money do we need to travel around Australia with an overview of our travel expenses for the first half year of our road trip through Australia. In this post we will tell you how much money we spent for the whole road trip through Australia for one year. You can also find useful tips on how to reduce your travel costs for a road trip around Australia.
How much does it cost to travel around Australia for a year??
After six months of travelling around Australia we have been very surprised about our expenses.
We have spent less money than we had budgeted.
In our travel budget for Australia we had budgeted AUD 24‘150 for the first six months but we only spent AUD 13‘356. Compared to the AUD 146 we had budgeted, we only spent AUD 82 per day.
How much does it cost to travel around Australia for 1 year?
The most important question is: Did we comply or did we overspend our budget?
YES! Our budget for 1 year Australia was very tight but we have managed to keep our costs even lover than we budgeted.
For the whole road trip around Australia for one year we budgeted AUD 50‘000. At the end of the year we spent AUD 33‘000. For a very expensive travel country like Australia, that’s not a lot of money for a whole year of constant travelling. During our road trip around Australia we spent AUD 91 per day.
Following costs are included in the budget:
- All the air fares from Switzerland to Australia and back to Switzerland.
- All our expenses in Australia during one year, except the investment for buying our car.
- All the costs for the stopover in Singapore on our way to Australia for 5 days.
- In July we flew to Indonesia for a liveaboard trip to the Komodo National Park. All the costs for one month Indonesia and the scuba diving safari are included in the budget as well.
- All the costs for the stopover in Kuala Lumpur and Thailand on our way back to Switzerland.
How did we manage to travel around Australia with AUD 33‘000 for a whole year?
There is only one possibility to travel around Australia on a small budget. You need a car and some camping gear. Only with your own car and camping gear you can reduce the extremely high costs of accommodation, eating in restaurants and using local transportation in Australia.
What are the biggest cost factors and how did we reduce these costs
Costs for food and drinks in Australia: AUD 6‘954
We have spent AUD 6‘954 for food and drinks and it’s the biggest cost item in our budget. It’s no wonder that food and drinks is our biggest cost item because good food is important to us. Even if we travel on a small budget we like to enjoy good food and have a glass of wine or an ice cold beer from time to time.
Eating and drinking in restaurants is very expensive in Australia. We saved a lot of money because we bought our food directly from farmers or in supermarkets and cooked our meals by ourselves.
Shopping groceries in small places in the Outback is much more expensive and the variety is sometimes very limited. In our camper we had a fridge and whenever we have been in big towns we stocked up on supplies.
Fuel costs in Australia: AUD 6‘230
The distances in Australia are tremendous and the Toyota Landcruiser is not the most fuel efficient vehicle in the world. During our road trip through Australia we covered almost 34’000 kilometres and spent AUD 6’230 on fuel. The costs for the fuel could have been even higher.
We reduced the costs for fuel with filling our dual tanks (180l) up where Diesel was cheap and reducing the speed to a maximum of 80 km/h. With the limitation of our average travelling speed to 80 km/h we have been able to reduce the diesel consumption of our Landcruiser to 11 litres per 100 km.
Costs for flights: AUD 4‘762
Starting in Europe, you have to fly around the globe to visit Australia. It’s a long way and the air fares are not particularly cheap. We also had a stopover in Singapore on our way to Australia and a stopover in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Chiang Mai on our way back. During the road trip we flew to Bali and Flores and all these flights are included in our numbers as well.
We reduced the costs for the flights with thorough research on the internet and compared many different options of different airlines and different dates. It’s a bit of work but it’s worth the effort.
Costs for accommodation in Australia: AUD 4‘095
If you don’t have your own camping gear, you have to stay in Hotels and Motels and you will spend heaps of money on accommodation. Hotels, Motels and rooms in B&B’s are very expensive in Australia and your costs for accommodation will explode.
Even the campgrounds are getting more and more expensive. A site for a small camper starts at around AUD 20 in cheap places away from the coast. If you like to be on the coast during peak season, you have to be prepared to pay up to AUD 80 for a site.
We stayed on free camps as much as possible and also liked the cheap or free campsites in the national parks. The investment in our Toyota Landcruiser camper was definitely worth and we saved a lot of money on accommodation.