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Final Summary for 2012

Home at last

We were on the road for 149 days in total, or 21 weeks. We towed the caravan 15,700 kms and drove another 5,250 kms sightseeing, making a total of almost 21, 000 kms. We used 4,090 litres of diesel and averaged 21.6 litres per 100 kms when towing the van, and 13.1 l/110k without the van. The price of diesel varied from a low of $1.413 per litre in Perth to a high of $2.15 at Gem Tree in Central Australia. The total cost for diesel was $6,740 at an average price of $1.65 per litre, which was pretty good given we pay more than $1.50 here at home.

Out of the total of 149 days on the road we free camped for 4 nights and stayed in caravan parks and camp grounds for 137 nights. The total cost was $4,750 at an average of $37.50 per night. The lowest cost camping grounds were at the Devil's Marbles - $6.60 per night, and the Wagin Showground - $8.00 per night, and the dearest was $52.00 per night at Coral Bay. While food and drink is a constant cost whether at home or travelling - it can be up to 30% more expensive in the far north-west of WA and the Northern Territory. At Katherine VB stubbies were on special at $59.00 per carton.

The cost on the Spirit of Tasmania was $1,538 return for a 2-berth cabin each way, and a 12 metre long car and caravan combination over 2.1 metres high. The cost is after the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equilisation Scheme subsidy of $772. On a positive note the saving from turning off the heating at home for the winter is over $1,500.

Highlights of our trip were the Esperence/Albany region on the south coast of WA with its beautiful beaches, the Kimberleys, particularly the Bungle Bungles and Lake Argyle, and fossicking for Zircons and Garnets at Gem Tree.


Posted by TwoAces 18:25

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David and Di,
Glad that you are home all safe and sound.
Thanks for your trip reports. It was great reliving our trip of last year.
Maybe our paths will cross next year.
Until then keep safe and healthy.

Frosty (Your Trailblazer twin).

by snowman3195

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