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A Final Summary of our Trip

11 May 2013 to 15 September 2013 - 126 days in Total

Our trip this year took us up the Kidman Way and the Matilda Highway to the Gulf, then east to coast where we went as far north as Wonga Beach on the edge of the Daintree, before working our way south along the coast until we got to Nelson Bay just north of Newcastle, where we headed inland for the Hume Highway and on to Melbourne.

Some of the highlights included Bourke, Charleville, Longreach, Mount Surprise, the Daintree, and enjoying the beautiful warm sunny weather. At Mt Surprise we went fossicking again and found a few white topaz, one of which Di got cut into a 3 carat stone, although she is yet to decide what to do with it.

We were on the road for 125 days in total, or 18 weeks. We towed the caravan 8,800 km and drove another 4,400 km sightseeing, making a total of almost 13,200 km. We used 2,440 litres of diesel and averaged 20.9 litres per 100 km when towing the van, and 13.7 l/110k without the van. The price of diesel varied from a low of $1.389 per litre in Melbourne to a high of $1.719 at The Burke and Wills Roadhouse in North Queensland. The total cost for diesel was $3,775 at an average price of $1.546 per litre, which was pretty good given we now pay more than that at home.

We did not free camp on this trip and stayed in caravan parks and camp grounds for 125 nights. The total cost was $4,210 at an average of $33.70 per night. The lowest cost caravan park was at Thargomindah - $25.00 per night, and the dearest was $49.50 per night at Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort. Food and drink is a constant cost whether at home or travelling and was generally no more expensive than being at home.

The cost on the Spirit of Tasmania was $1,771 return for a 2-berth cabin each way, and a 12 metre long car and caravan combination over 2.1 metres high. We paid an extra $280.00 to upgrade to a deluxe cabin for the return trip. The cost is after the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme subsidy of $796. On a positive note the saving from turning off the heating and hot water at home for the winter is almost $2,000, and the added bonus is we now have solar panels that generated over 900 kWh of electricity while we were away for a credit of approximately $250.


Posted by TwoAces 04:02

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David and Di,
Great to hear that you are home all safe and sound.
Hope that our paths cross again next year. I think that Dicky Beach and Southport ring a bell.
Until then, stay safe.

Frosty and Marg

by snowman3195

We will definitely be back to Dicky Beach and Southport - especially as we are paid up members of the Dicky Beach Surf Club and the Southport Workers Club.

by TwoAces

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