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Campervaning around Australia

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1. Posted by MattJ2009 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

HI There,

My partner and I have decided to throw in the towel at work and are going to be travelling around Oz for 6 months in a campervan. I'm hoping someone outhere may be able to offer any advice on budgeting and the cost. I'll give you a brief overview of what I have currently budgeted for excluding flights and insurance etc. Could you let me know if you think this is to high or low. I really don't want to be "caught short" once into the trip.

Buy a camper van £2500 (GBP) $5000 ish AUD
Petrol £1250 (GBP) driving from sydney to cairns & back & then to Melborne and the ocean road.
Food £3600 ? £20 per day??
Campsites £2700?
Extra activities £2000/breakdown costs etc

Do you think that is ok? I really not sure. Any suggestions would be great:)



2. Posted by miket.rtw (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Looks like more than enough

You could start in cairns and work your way down saving at least 2500km on your driving, depends what time of year you are starting though

This is my budget for one person for six months (so i guess half of your food/activities costs)

Aus Campervan £2,500
Camper Maintenance £750
Fuel £1000
Food, Campsites £3600 (£20 Day)
Misc Stuff £1000

So overall pretty similar to yours.. im expecting to offer lifts for parts of the journey so it should be be less overall

This site was useful to work out fuel costs :)

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Mar-2009, at 05:58 by miket.rtw ]

3. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

What time of year are you coming? It might be better to start in Melbourne and make your way to cairns, as generally cars/campers are cheaper in Melbourne and Sydney. When I did my trip I was spending about $800AU a week, my biggest cost was fuel but I was driving a thirsty 4x4.

You can check out sites like the tradingpost and carsales to get an idea of vehicle prices. Sometimes you'll even grab a bargain on eBay, but it pays to give whatever you're thinking of buying a good inspection before handing over your cash.

4. Posted by miket.rtw (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Do you know roughly how many miles to the gallon your 4x4 did? Most campers seem to do about 20 ish.

Also from your trips you did about 13000km over 12 weeks, so about 1100km a week??

Just trying to work out how much the 700AUD covered distance matt and myself may cover less miles over a longer period

5. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

My 4x4 uses unleaded petrol and was doing about 6km/l towing a caravan which works out to be about 14.11 miles per US gallon, when it wasn't towing it did about 8km/l which works out to be 18.82 miles per US gallon. The calculations from km/l to mpg were done using an online calculator so I don't know how accurate they are.

The price of petrol varies alot throughout the country, generally in capital cities it is cheapest and the further away from major cities the more expensive it gets so predicting cost can be hard. When I went in 2007 I paid as little as $AU1.129/l and on Fraser Island as much as $2.099/l , it was about $1.60/l in roadhouses throughout NT and WA but the cost was offset by free camping at roadside stops along the way.

The distance in my trip map is a bit deceiving, I think 13000km is a direct route as the crow flies, the trip was more like 20000km by the time I did side trips and drove around town.

6. Posted by emmgee (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Just regarding the route, I would also suggest going in one direction only instead of doubling back. Either that or maybe take an inland route, depending on what you're interested in seeing.