Updated and expanded for 2016, the Australia and New Zealand Backpacker Index now includes 6 cities after we added Brisbane and Cairns for this year. The currencies of both countries have come down to more realistic levels as of early 2016, so budget travelers can move about freely without breaking the bank like a couple years ago.
More good news is that both countries have a robust infrastructure for budget travelers, with more hostels (called ‘backpackers’ usually) than almost anywhere else in the world. Self-catering will cut costs in both countries since even fast-food restaurants tend to be quite expensive. Camping or going with a group in a campervan is another good way of seeing a lot while spending less money. Click to read more