💸📸💸🌏 6 MONTH LAP TOTALS 💸⏰💸🔌
Here are our stats after completing a 6 month lap of Australia! We hope you find them useful 🤓
Clearly we are not in the running for the cheapest lap of Aus but we never set out to be. From the start we set a BUDGET OF $35-$45 PER NIGHT and by the end of our trip had brought our average nightly spend to fit within these amounts. Did we blow our budget? Yes... a long time ago! But this is mostly due to the tours we chose to do, not the cost of our accommodation.
We want to set the record straight.... we can now say with certainty that a 6 MONTH LAP IS VERY DO-ABLE, despite what some might say. Those who have been following our journey will know the many places that we visited on our 6 month lap. In order to make the most of our time, we generally chose to stay in accommodation close to popular sightseeing areas, which does come at a cost. Free and lower cost camps are usually out of town meaning more time spent driving back and forth to see the main tourist attractions- great if you’ve got the time to do this but on a fast lap we’d suggest that you will most likely want a break from the car and more time to see and immerse yourself in what you’re there for. We have taken financial hits particularly during school holidays as our tight itinerary didn’t allow us to go bush until the holidays were over... we had no choice but to push on and pay the school holiday prices whilst in the Whitsundays and Coral Bay areas which are both very popular holiday destinations. We managed to compensate for these hits by increasing the number of stays at lower cost camps when we could and this has allowed us to maintain our accommodation budget of $35-$45 per night overall.
Having SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN has also considerably increased our costs, particularly when it comes to tours and premium parks. During our trip we became more careful to compare the cost per child for tours and in caravan park accommodation. To give an example of how quickly a ‘low cost’ camp can become not so low cost... a church-owned camp near Busselton costs a couple $25 for a powered site. This camp is in a great location and has basic campground facilities (ie. no kiddie bells and whistles). It is a bargain at $25 per couple and $12.50 a single for a whole site. School-aged children are charged at $9 each adding a further $18 to our site tariff (thankfully they didn’t charge for 3 year olds)... working out for us at $43 per night (hardly ‘low cost’ for a family)... almost double the cost for a couple! We take up the same space and use roughly the same amount of power. After all, it takes the same amount of power to run a fridge and air conditioner for a family as it does for one or two people. We don’t expect our school-aged children to be free but we have found some gross inequities in caravan park/campground tariffs during our lap. We are grateful to camps who consider fair and reasonable costs for families with school-aged children.
So here it is folks... OUR TOTAL 6 MONTH LAP STATS...
Fuel stops: 70
Spend on diesel: $7,867.16
Most expensive diesel: $1.99-Airleron Roadhouse
Cheapest diesel: $1.16-Deeragun Woolworths
Average per night: $43.63
Stops (set ups): 81
Powered sites: 100 nights- 54%
Unpowered/low cost sites: 37 nights- 20%
Free camps: 12 nights- 6.5%
Resorts: 25 nights- 13.5%
Family/Friends: 11 nights- 6%
Cheapest paid night: Kingston SE RV Park, SA - $10 for 48hours
Most expensive: Big 4 Adventure Whitsundays- $122
Supermarket visits: 42
States/Territories visited this trip: 6
Total spent on laundry: $343 (average per week: $13.19)
Fish caught 🎣:5
Fiftyby50 list ticks ✔️:12
🙂Travelling families/people met in 6 months: 🙂
Extract Black Coffee Roasting Co.
Travelling with Kids/ Caravanning with Kids
Everything Caravan & Camping
Just Caravans - Condor Caravans Melbourne - New and Used Caravans
The Blonde Nomads
The Rolling Stones in Oz
A Boundless Life
Oz Gap Lap
One day we Should
wide open wanderings
Spirited Scott Clan Roams Free
The Squishy 6
Van Life Around Australia
Hit The Road Jac
Holiday for a Marshall
Jacques on Tour
The McCabe Mob
Several fellow Condorons
And many others!
🙂Meeting others was definitely one of the biggest highlights of our trip! Sharing stories, travel plans & knowledge and keeping in touch after we've crossed paths to continue to share the travelling love! 🙂
There is no right or wrong on this travelling journey. It’s very much a respectful case of ‘to each there own’ but there’s also a need for those embarking on such a journey to enter into it with eyes wide open. It’s great to read people’s stats and see what the costs involved are but sometimes it’s hard to make comparisons due to circumstances such as the number and ages of children and preferences of the type of trip. If you have 2 school-aged children and want to do a lap of Aus over 6-7 months to SEE AND STAY near the KEY TOURIST SITES as well as partake in the POPULAR TOURS in those areas then we hope our stats will help you plan for your trip.
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