The Barefoot Guide to the Central Coast Down under part one...
Thinking of taking a trip down under?!
why are you even thinking about it book a ticket right now. Well maybe just wait a few minutes and read this first (both parts). So I thought I’d give you a bit of an insight into what to expect financially upon visiting the country, so its not so much of a shock to your wallet (But I’ve also included a lot of information thats not about such a dry subject).
I’m currently staying on the Central Coast and loving it, everything’s reasonably priced, theres constant surf, lots of jobs and well everything you could ever dream of it really is paradise. If you’re looking to stay in the city, from experience, as an estimate I’d triple all the prices given. Alternatively I’d recommend staying on the central coast and commute for the experience. The train fare from the coast is only $11 , so it’s a much better way of doing things. Don’t get me wrong the city is awesome, but it gets so so expensive!
The central coast
It has a massive surf culture but without being to mainstream, many australians living in the cities actually travel to the central coast for their summer holidays. It can be scorching hot but it’s not so humid on the coast, so the heat is bearable unlike other parts of Australia. It sits a third of the way between Sydney and Newcastle, therefore makes it easy to commute but without all the expenses of the city.
At the southern end of the central coast you have the mouth of the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water, followed by a National park (so you will see snakes and spiders) and a ray of coves and lagoons, that almost hug all the many small coastal towns.
A quick glance at some of my fave spots on the central coast…
–Terrigal (where you do the touristy thing and can instruct water sports as they teach on the lake there)
– Copacabana (Regional class, good swell direction SouthEast, East, Swell is known to be pretty big but beautifully clean at times with a bit of a harsh rip… not for the faint hearted)
– Avoca beach (WORLD CLASS SURF- literally the list of world class surfers that have surfed the waves of Avoca are never ending)
-The Entrance (great place for kitesurfing and to learn how to kite surf, also a good place for shopping) Gosford ( business city good for a profession)
Blue Bay (works on a NE but beware it has a big reef, not the best for a surf, but great for sunbathing)
Unima (‘A good safe all rounder’ great for paddle boarding as it’s sheltered, it’s popular for long-boarding. My boyfriend also throughly enjoys a kitesurfing at Unima it can be pumping on a windy day in the right direction)
The black&white guide to finance Down Under….
Expenses you might not know about…
Looking for some bar work, restaurant, or cafe work to earn some dollars to get you by in Aussie?!
Well did you know to work in any any alcohol licensed premises Down-under you need to take a Responsible Service of Alcohol test (RSA) that will cost you around $120? Probably not… I know that I didn’t! The test takes around four hours but it’s all just common sense, the same principle applies to anywhere that offers gambling.
At a health centre expect to pay around $60 just for a fifteen minute consultation, then a further expense if treatment is needed. Obviously your health insurance means you can claim it back, BUT it’s such a mission to get it back they don’t make it easy. A good way to get round it is just to take a trip to the local hospital, plus you’ll get treated a whole lot quicker.
Things cheaper than the UK…
–Fuel (and it should be seeing as you pretty much have to drive to get anywhere)
-Surf equipment (it is a surfers heaven, I just bought a paddle board that included the bag, paddle and leash for $950 around £520. My boyfriend also just bought two second hand surfboards for $180 dollars in total, they were listed as second hand but they sure didn’t look it!)
–Eating out (but thats because the supermarkets are SUPER expensive) -train fares (from the central coast you can get to the city for $11)
Things that are more expensive than the UK…
–Clothes (don’t be tempted by all the amazing surf shops) -Supermarkets ( they’re pretty pricey, I’d recommend at all to costs avoid the chain brand Woolworths they’re the worst for prices. Coles is a much cheaper Australian super market, plus they sell very similar things!)
–Alcohol (thinking of staying in with some booze for a cheaper option? ummm think again in Aussie! A bottle of wine at its absolute cheapest will be costing you $15 and spirits well don’t even go there…
My price guide for the basics…
Night out $100 (at the least) Super market shop for the week if you do it budget style $75
Second hand short board $200 Paddle board $1,500 (look on Ebay and gumtree you could pick up a brand new board for $900) Full tank of petrol $40 Train fare to the city $11