19 September 2015
This year we were away from home for a total of 134 night (4 1/2 months). Two nights were spent on the ferry, 8 nights were spent free camping, and 4 nights were spent in low cost Council Showgrounds. The return fare for a twin cabin each way with the Navara and the caravan was $1,800. Total cost in caravan parks was $5,750 which averaged out at about $43.50 per night, inflated somewhat by two months on waterfront sites at Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast.
We used 2,493 litres of diesel costing $3,416 at an average of $1.37 per litre which is less than the cost of fuel in Tasmania. The highest price paid was $1.499 at Greenvale in Nth Qld, while the lowest was $1.217 at Glen Innes in NSW. The Woollies and Caltex servos are on opposite sides of the road and Woollies were giving Caltex a bit of competition. We towed the caravan for a total of 9,444 km at an average fuel consumption of 21.3 litres per 100 km, and did another 3,496 km touring around at an average fuel consumption of 13.8 litres per 100 km. The highest fuel consumption towing the caravan was 26.7 litres per 100 km on the hills, while the best was 18.09 litres per 100 km on the Hume Highway.
On the subject of Internet coverage - when free camping there is generally no mobile signal at all. In the outback coverage is quite patchy and generally a very slow 3G. Even when 4G is available the signal is variable and also quite slow. I guess that it is due to a lack of available bandwidth, especially when overloaded with the increase in tourist numbers in Queensland in the winter. Of course updating the blog is not helped by uploading high quality photos. But I think that the result is worth it - even if I do say so myself.
That's all for this trip - talk to you again next time.