Australia Snapshot

For anyone planning to travel to Australia we hope this snapshot of our time is useful in your planning.

Days in Australia: 9

Money Spent (USD for 2 people): $2042

Accommodation = $739

Food = $500

Alcohol = $160

Activities = $36

Transportation = $222 (flight from Melbourne to Sydney was paid with Chase points $0)

Misc = $5

Visas = $57

Splurge = $316 (night out in Melbourne $160, night out in Sydney $156)

Our Route: Melbourne, SydneyWollongong day trip

Our #1 Recommendation

Go to Melbourne

Our Top 5 Lists...

Melbourne

Sydney

  • Bondi Beach
  • Watson Bay Hotel for cocktails 
  • Ferry from Watson Bay to Circular Quay at sunset
  • Newtown Bar Scene King Street
  • Coastal Highway drive between Sydney and Wollongong

Food

Australia Overall

In retrospect we would have…

  • Not planned our days in Sydney during Easter weekend.
  • Not bought breakfast food to cook and enjoyed more brunches in Melbourne
  • Skipped the Crown Casino and spent a night out in Fitzroy
  • Given Bondi Beach more time
  • Bought Opal pass for public transportation as soon as we got to Sydney. 
  • See more of Australia, particularly the great barrier reef. We would have if we were not moving there later this year.

Suggested 1 week itinerary
4 nights Melbourne > 3 nights Sydney 

Suggested 2 week itinerary

6 nights in Melbourne > 4 nights in Sydney (come visit us in Wollongong) > 4 nights in Whitsunday (or any place to see the great barrier reef)

Suggested 3 week itinerary

6 nights in Melbourne > 5 nights in Sydney (come visit us in Wollongong) > 3 nights visiting the Outback > 3 nights Brisbane/Byron Bay > 4 nights in Whitsunday (or any place to see the great barrier reef) 

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