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zappfe
19:06:38 Wed
May 26 2010

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living cheaply in australia

Hi,

Im a avid climber from Norway that has recently started thinking of taking a good while off from work to climb around the world.

Australia is one of the countries that looks really interesting, and has come with great recommendations from the people Ive met whove been there.

Currently Im at the "research stage" of the expedition, nothing is locked down yet. Im mainly trying to figure out how much money Id need to survive each month.

Obviously I have about a million questions, so here is the first barrage:

Is a car necessary?

Is it possible to live close to the major crags?

How much do I need for food? Think cheap, but not dumpster-diving cheap :wink:

Is it possible to camp for free?

What time of year is best for climbing?

How is July and later?

thanks
.z

  
adb
01:22:21 Thu
May 27 2010

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In Australia there's about 20,000 people camping out where they please, for free; eating for free; and not owning cars ... I doubt that many of these are climbers though.

The best time for climbing is when it's not raining.

I think you need to be a little more specific with your questions.

  
arniearms
13:07:33 Thu
May 27 2010

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Yeah, u can climb all year round in Australia, even when it's raining... but summer (december/january) is the hottest, and often climbers slow down a bit (and dust of their surf boards and head for the coast)...

As for climate... Australia is fairly tame as far as weather goes, but generally speaking if u visit the east coast, QLD is hottest, NSW moderate, and VIC cooler...

But u could live in a tent or van comfortably enough all year round... by the way a decent van should only cost u $3000 with rego...

as for food, an average cheap takeway dinner is about $10, drinks are expensive for eg bottle of coke $3...

I'd say a budget of $20 a day for cheap food would be feasable... but easy to spend $30 on a pub meal and 3 beers...

Here's a few links to some major supermarket chains...

http://catalogues.coles.com.au/portal/homepage
http://www.woolworths.com.au/

Have a look at weekly specials for postcode 2000 (sydney) to get an idea of how much things cost (sales items are on all the time but change week to week)...

As for car not essential as u will need climbing partners anyway... but u can usually find a backpacker special with rego for around $1000.

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adb
22:13:25 Thu
May 27 2010

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I reckon there's a lot more pleasant summer climbing near Sydney than there are warm winter spots.

  
arniearms
10:24:56 Sat
May 29 2010

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Sydney bouldering goes off in winter...
Nowra season is on once the temps drop...
Bluies u can climb in the sun all day, but can be freezing...

  
adb
23:21:15 Sat
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I heard somewhere, I think it was some Scandinavian fellow, that there is an optimum temperature for bouldering, getting down near freezing because friction was better. Is this true ?

  
Cragx
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Its not real climbing so who cares??? :bolt:

  
rabbitoh
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Quote: Cragx at 09:19:23 Sun May 30 2010

Its not real climbing so who cares??? :bolt:


No, real climbing involves walking around with a really long painter's pole.

  

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