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1. Posted by yokota (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi there

My partner and I are in the process of planning to travel from Qld through to Darwin, and then onto Perth. Just looking for whatever advice people could give. To save cost we thought that we could seek out other travellers from backpacker etc to join us on certain legs of the journey. Probably have about a 4 month timeframe, but would be looking to do some work along the way to help cost. Would be driving a 92 subaru all wheel drive, but from my research, it would be sealed roads most of the way.

So any help with the amount of time people have taken to get from various destinations ( we would like to take our time as much as possible)

Estimated budget (not including accomodation)

Or any other help would be muchly appreaciated.

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I can't really give you an estimate budget because it'd depend greatly on what you did, where exactly you went, how much time you spent in places etc. For example a 2 day tour to the Bungle Bungles can cost about the same price per day as one of those very expensive cruises to Antarctica! If you just walked along beaches in WA well you could get by on hardly anything a day if you excluded the cost of accommodation (which in a lot of places wouldn't be overly cheap due to hardly any hostels existing in the less touristy places).

If you are wanting to see some of the real Australia some of the areas are on dust roads (with red dust about the same colour of uluru). It gets through everything and some of the roads are very rough on your vehicle. If you just stuck to the main routes then a lot more would be sealed, but the trip would be a lot less adventurous and you'd miss some of the best places in Australia. You could spend 1 day travelling 1000km like my parents did one time getting from a place to another, but you could also spend a couple of hours getting from one place worth spending time to another especially in Western Australia along the coast.

You'd definitely need to be well prepared by carrying a spare supply of fuel, a couple of days supply of food, drink etc when travelling the long distances throughout the outback, because petrol stations are few and far between and if you break down or find yourself having to stay in your car in the middle of nowhere, well help as well as food can often be a long way away. When you plan on going a long distance in a day when it is a long way between major towns it'd be a good idea to fill the car up at the first petrol station and maybe the second depending on how far you really are travelling, because it may be a huge way between another.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 13, 2007, at 8:48 PM by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by yokota (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Thanks for your advice. It is very hard to work out a budget, but frugality would be a key (within reason), so no expensive tourist activities are planned.

I have been looking at alot of stuff on the web, and stumbled across this page:

Its really useful, and kind of has the same ciruit route that we are planning. Just thought I'd share the link with others.

Any more help would still be appreaciated.