Here's the lowdown...
Initial budget: Canada's cost/person/day (aka $25/person/day)
Actual cost: 89 days at $4181 ($47/day, $23.50/person/day)
Aussie for "we're cheap!"
- Lodging: $167 - a whopping 2 hotel nights on Tasmania... otherwise we spent 58 nights WWOOFing, 14 nights housesitting, 4 nights couchsurfing, 6 nights on the train, 1 night on the ferry, and 3 nights in a "sponsored" hotel in Adelaide
- Transportation: $2610 - includes our flights from Kathmandu to Perth, our train pass, our ferry ride to/plane ride from Tasmania, car rentals in Tasmania and Melbourne, and various public transit costs around Australia (which are more expensive than you might think)
- Groceries: $593 - train snacks and housesitting meals
- Meals: $243 - we avoided dining out at all costs but we did enjoy some street food and a few celebratory dinners over those three months
- Tours: $88 - almost all museums (the most pricey was the MONA in Hobart @ $25/person)
- Alcohol: $203 - beer prices are ridiculous but Australian wine is both cheap and good
- Gear: $23 - most importantly, a used-but-in-excellent-condition thermos and two travel coffee mugs purchased for $10 at a Perth op shop (AKA "opportunity shop" AKA "thrift shop"), which seriously saved us on those long train rides and continue to make us happy; otherwise random replacement clothing from other op shops
- Miscellaneous: $136 - mostly gifts for our various hosts
- Border: $71 (umm.... it's probably free if you do it prior to arriving at the Nepal airport the day of your Australia flight...?)
Other fun Australia facts...
- Cities visited: 5 (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne) but we also saw a lot of surrounding countryside (Chittering Valley, Swan Valley, Mt Barker, Humpty Doo, Lorinna, Premaydena) as well as gorgeous coastlines in eastern Tasmania and the Great Ocean Road
- Awesome botanic gardens visited: 5 (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne)
- Meat pies consumed: exactly three
- Kangaroos, wallabies, rabbits and echindas seen: a gazillion
- Dingos seen: ZERO (maybe the babies ate your dingo, Australia?)
- National parks visited: Cradle Mountain and Freycinet for sure, the rest of the list is quite confusing so we aren't sure, exactly
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited: 0.5 (skirting around Port Arthur counts, right?)
Verrrrrry mixed emotions about getting back to US soil... But on the plus side, we won't need our spreadsheet currency conversion tool anymore. Aloha!