5 Week Budget East Coast Itinerary & Prices

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I’ve put together a quick snippet of my East Coast Itinerary and the prices I paid to give other backpackers ideas of where to go and stay along their travels. There are so many hostels along the coast but how do you know which is best value or which ones will actually give you the backpacking hostel experience you’re looking for? Hopefully my quick guide helps and if you have any questions as always, don’t hesitate to ask me!

Accommodation I organised independently:

Sydney City – 3 nights’ accommodation with a friend in Milson’s Point (no cost)
Bondi Beach – The Village Hostel (2 nights’ accommodation in 6 bed dorm) $19 AUD per night per person
Byron Bay – The Art’s Factory Hostel (4 nights’ accommodation in 6 bed dorm) $22 AUD per night per person

We found a Peter Pans Agency in Byron Bay and found the prices to be lower than the rest of the agencies we had dealt with and the staff were friendly and approachable. After a few days of talking to the amazing reps Marc, Millie and Matt, who very kindly designed us a bespoke itinerary including accommodation and tours for the rest of our backpacking travels we bagged ourselves a sweet deal and got everything booked which gave us huge peace of mind.

For the price of $1400 AUD, we booked 30 nights accommodation, Fraser Island & Whitsundays tours (all-inclusive), Scooteroo tour and ferry prices are included. We bought our Greyhound bus passes (Sydney to Cairns) separately for the price of $369 AUD each.

THE ITINERARY

  • Surfer’s Paradise – Backpackers in Paradise Hostel (2 nights’ accommodation in 20 bed dorm)
  • Brisbane – Bunk Brisbane (5 nights’ accommodation in 20 bed dorm)
  • Noosa – Noosa Nomads (2 nights’ accommodation in 10 bed dorm)
  • Rainbow Beach – Rainbow Beach Hostel (2 nights’ pre-tour accommodation

Fraser Island tour – 2 nights/3 days camping safari 4WD all-inclusive tour

  • Rainbow Beach – Rainbow Beach Hostel 1-night post-tour accommodation
  • 17/70 – Southern Cross Backpackers Hostel (1-night 6 bed accommodation)

Scooteroo Chopper Motorbike Tour

  • Airlie Beach – Nomads Hostel (1-night accommodation in 8 bed dorm)

2 nights/2 days sailing Whitsundays tour on New Horizon all inclusive

  • Airlie Beach – Nomads Hostel (3 nights’ accommodation in 8 bed dorm)
  • Townsville – Rambutan Hostel (1-night accommodation in 6 bed dorm)
  • Magnetic Island – Base Hostel (1-night accommodation in 8 bed dorm)
  • Townsville – Rambutan Hostel (1-night accommodation in 6 bed dorm)
  • Mission Beach – Jackaroo Hostel (1-night accommodation in 6 bed dorm)
  • Cairns – Gilligan’s Hostel (5 nights’ accommodation in 10 bed dorm)

I will be posting hostel and tour reviews on a regular basis so keep an eye on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates!

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