Some meals are included in the program fee, however, for other meals you will need to dine out or get food to go. Hostel accommodations have kitchens you can use.
The program fee includes:
- breakfasts in Byron Bay
- breakfasts in Kakadu National Park
- breakfasts and two packed lunches in the Blue Mountains (Wildlife Group Only)
- breakfasts and lunches in Sydney during the week, brunch on the weekend
- all meals in the Daintree
- an end of program dinner in Cairns
In Byron Bay, breakfast is included. As a chill, beachy town, you will find plenty of places to step out for a casual meal and the hostel is close a grocery store. A simple lunch (sandwich, wrap, salad) will be around $15 AUD whereas you can eat a fancier meal along the beach and expect to pay upwards of $30 AUD for a main dish.
In Darwin, you will be housed in a hostel in the city of Darwin. Supermarkets, cafés and restaurants are abundant. Cheap meals are available at the Mindil Beach Asian food stalls (Thursday/Sunday), approximately $10 AUD per serve; while dining out at restaurants can cost approx $20-30 AUD for a main course.
In Melbourne (Energy group only) a simple breakfast is included. There are a variety of cafes around the city offering great coffee and reasonably priced lunches around $10-15 AUD. There are some more expensive cafes and restaurants with prices starting around $20-30 AUD, so always check the menu before ordering.
In Sydney hot breakfasts and lunches will be provided at the dormitory cafeteria. A range of inexpensive options is available locally to cater for the evening meal. It is possible to get a meal for less than $15 AUD at a number of cheap eating locations in the Coogee Beach/Randwick/Kingsford area near UNSW. All types of cuisines are available so you will have the opportunity to try everything from Thai to Indian to Lebanese. Of course, dining out at the many up-market restaurants can cost $20-30 for main courses.
In Cairns a daily breakfast is included in the program. Cairns caters to a tourist clientele all year round, therefore, though there are many takeaway outlets and cafes, as well as Asian food courts in the city centre, these types of meals generally cost the same as in major cities. Similarly, a main course in one of the many seafood restaurants along the Esplanade can cost $35 AUD.
Allow $800-1,000 for food if you utilise the food markets, prepare your own lunches and eat at cheap restaurants. Allow $1,200- 1,600 if you prefer to eat out for all meals.
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| Batteries (4x AA)
| Sunscreen (250ml)
|Disposable Razors (pkt 10)
| Movie Ticket
||$16 ($11 on Tuesdays)
| Big Mac
| Soft Drink
Cost of Getting Around
You will be staying in Byron Bay for five nights and the city is not a large one. You will be able to navigate where you need to go via foot.
Like Byron Bay, Darwin has a small city centre that can be covered easily on foot.
In Sydney, there is an extensive network of trains, buses and ferries to get you to everywhere you would like to visit.
UNSW is served by many buses and the cheapest way to travel on these is by using your Opal Card (transit card). TEAN will provide you with an Opal card that will be pre-loaded with funds to cover your local eld excursions. You can easily add more funds to the card at select newsagents, bus depots, and railway stations.
- Opal is a ‘pay-as-you-go system’ there are only single fares on Opal. Fares are distance based and grouped in fare bands for trains, ferries, buses, and light rail.
- Bonuses – There are a few rewards that you will be eligible for while you are in Sydeny. If you take 8 paid journeys from Monday-Sunday you can enjoy free travel for the rest of the week. You can also travel all day on Sunday for no more than $2.50.
Taxis are numerous and reasonably inexpensive, especially if shared between a few people. There is a standard ag fall fee and then a charge per kilometer (cost approximately $8 to Coogee from the campus and approximately $22 (depending on the traffic) to the city centre.
When you are in Cairns you will be staying a short drive outside of the small city center. The hotel has shuttle buses that you can take into town and TEAN will also provide shuttle transfers on occasion.