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Monthly Travel Summary, Stats & Budget – Aug ’16

Whale watching and 4×4 adventures on Fraser Island and heaps of surfing fun in Byron Bay – not a bad way to finish off an Aussie winter! Here’s my August roundup and budget.

Well it’s September – which officially mean winter in Australia is over and the springtime is beginning! Yeewwwwww!

I spent my last month of winter escaping the cold (I say cold…it’s not really that cold at all in Byron Bay!) finishing up my trip around Fraser Island – which was amazing! The sunshine was out, the beers were flowing and it was an epic trip all round! Definitely one to put on the bucket list for your Australia trip!

Then it was back to Byron Bay where I spent another week with Stephen from A Backpackers Tale enjoying the beach life and catching up before he headed off to Indonesia for a few weeks.

Since then I’ve been enjoying my mini routine in Byron Bay – which basically means working on blogging stuff and surfing whenever there are waves! It’s a tough life hey?!

So here’s my stats round up for Aug 2016;


backpacker travel budget australia byron bay noosa fraser islandOverland Distance; 791.31km

Flight Distance; N/A

Total Distance; 791.31km


Countries; Australia

Main Spots; Byron Bay, Noosa, Fraser Island, Ballina

Transport Taken; car, Jucy Campervan, 4×4

Flights – NONE!


fraser island tour noosa rainbow beach tag along australiaMoney Breakdown

Australia – £787.72 over 31 days = £25.41 per day

Total spent – £787.72 over 31 days = £25.41 per day

Full disclosure – my Fraser Island trip was done in partnership with Nomads Fraser Island and Jucy Campervans, so the cost of this isn’t included. My 3 day/2 Night Fraser Island trip would usually be £270 including food and accom.


Cheapest Place – My time in Noosa was the cheapest spot of the trip, it’s amazing how much cheaper food and drink is outside the Byron bubble!

Most Expensive Place – Byron Bay was the most costly part of the month, I’m managing to keep my day to day Oz expenses as low as possible though!

Biggest Splurge/Unforeseen Expense – I’ve not included my biggest splurge for Aug as I actually bought a car to use for my time in Oz – which set me back $3,250. Other than that no big outlays this month (thankfully!).

fraser island tour noosa rainbow beach tag along australiaIf you’re thinking about buying a car/van for your trip to Australia keep an eye out for my mini guide to buying a backpacker car which will be coming soon!


Highlight – Since my time on Fraser Island with A Backpackers Tale overlapped the end of last month and the beginning of this one I’m going to cheat slightly and include it as my monthly highlight here too!

My absolute highlight from this though was capturing some awesome footage of the annual whale migration – keep your eyes peeled for my Fraser Island video which is coming soon!

Lowlight – I can’t really say there were many lowlights this month, it was pretty epic! The only real bummer was saying goodbye to Stephen again as I know I wont be seeing him until early next year after he runs his New Zealand tour!


Top Shot

I took heaps of pictures throughout my Fraser Island trip so it’s tough to pick a favourite! I was initially going with my aerial shot of the whale (shot on my[easyazon_link identifier=”B00X7969GA” locale=”UK” tag=”backpbante-21″]DJI Phantom 3 Advanced[/easyazon_link]) however the video footage was waaaaaay better!

So instead I’m going with this group shot of Erin and her new travel buddies chilling in the clear waters of Lake Mackenzie. I’m a huge fan of these split water shots at the moment. Captured using a [easyazon_link identifier=”B00O1XRT9W” locale=”UK” tag=”backpbante-21″]GoPro Hero 4 Silver[/easyazon_link] and Knekt Dome/Pistol Grip.

fraser island tour noosa rainbow beach tag along australia lake mackenzie


What’s Next?

Well I was hoping to make it to Uluru in September but it now looks like I’ll have to delay it for a bit – flights are crazy expensive! Instead I’m now heading to Cairns at the end of the month for some more scuba diving fun on the Great Barrier Reef – something I’m always stoked for!

In the meantime though I’ll be kicking back in Byron Bay enjoying the surf and the beginning of the Aussie summer!


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