Australia by road on a Budget: How much does it actually cost?
I’m keeping a record of every penny we spend on this trip. I roughly budgeted for $1000 per week when I was planning the trip so out of interest I’m curious as to how much it actually costs us in reality.
Australia is not a cheap travel destination, however, by road it is possible to reduce the financial outlay with some planning. A vehicle with 2 fuel tanks has enabled us to buy more fuel in bigger towns where it’s cheaper and travel longer distances between re-fills. Carrying a freezer and a fridge has allowed us to do the same with food. (The cost of food in remote small towns is outrageous – it was $50 for a carton of coke in Borroloola). The occasional free camp reduces the accommodation expenses so the Camps 9 book with every free camp in Australia listed is a worthwhile investment and National Park camp sites are much better value than Caravan Parks.
The boring numbers that follow are the statistics for our first month of travel from Cairns in Queensland to Wyndham at the top of Western Australia via The Savannah Way with a detour up the Top End of the Northern Territory.
Month One Stats:
Total Expenditure: $2730.93 (For a whole month of travel this is pretty good – that would just be our airfare if we went overseas)
Broken into the following categories
Fuel: $ 906.83
Cheapest fuel in Darwin NT @ 1.26 per litre.
Dearest fuel in Doomadgee QLD @ $1.70 per litre
6 nights in Caravan Parks @ $214
13 nights at National Parks @ $176.40
1 night in a Darwin Motel @ $77
4 nights at station campgrounds @ $136
5 nights free camping at roadside stops @ $0
Miscellaneous $241 (gas cannisters, cooker, phone charge, markets)
Car repairs $213 (2 x flat tyres)
Nil Sightseeing Tours purchased in this period – we walked and swam everywhere and they are way too bloody expensive to justify.
So, we are in fact doing quite well after our first month, slightly better than forecast. However, as we head across the Gibb River Road I anticipate a catch up will happen. High fuel and accommodation costs are unavoidable and we want to see everything this time. No scrimping here. We are getting a car service done before we go in the hope that prevention is better than cure and cross fingers our tyres hold up. Kevin’s itching to swap the split rims with tubes for tubeless fatties (please, please no more flat tyres!)
Boring post over…………..