Driving around the entire circumference of Australia

Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 11:49


Hi All,

I'm planning to drive around the entire circumference of Australia.

The questions i'd like answered are:

1) How long would it take? no rushing, leisurely pace. 8months? 12 months?

2) how much would it cost? $50k for 12 months??

3) has anyone travelled as a family? 2 adults and a 4 year old and 2 year old? any advice??

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AnswerID: 360507   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 12:28

Willem replied:


Are you talking about driving on Highway 1 all the way around or do you want to stick to the coast as close as possible as the latter isn't possible

1) Highway 1 has been done in 7 days methinks. Around 17,000km
Divide your time into that. You may take as long as you want to.

2) From $50 day plus but you may be looking more at $100 - $200 per day

3) Advice. Nah, you will have to use your nouse and find out for yourself what works and what doesn't


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AnswerID: 360509   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 12:35

Member - Fred B (NT) replied:

Hi Reeks,
in previous discussions on this site, it was generally agreed that trips, as an average, cost about $1.00 per km. I know there are a lot of variables, including where you choose to stay.. bush, cheaper camping or more expensive resort parks etc. But if you start with a budget of $1.00 per km, and work it out from there, at least you will have some idea to start with, then add extra for side trips, visiting of theme parks etc. The less takeaway food you buy the cheaper the trip. Hope this helps you to get started. All the best... wish I was going.
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FollowupID: 628304   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 12:42

reeks posted:

Thank you - thats very useful.

20,000kms around Oz x $1 per km = $20,000 min.
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AnswerID: 360515   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 13:10

yakodi replied:

Gday Reeks, We spent the good part of 4 years on the road with 2 kids 2004 - 2008 (by the time we stopped one chiild was 5 and the youngest was about 15 months). We worked about 8 months a year and travelled between jobs. Spent everything we earned over those 4 years (about 50,000k/year give or take).

Travelling is addictive and can get expensive. Try to keep it all very simple. Free camp when you can or use the National Parks, the kids will enjoy being out and about - don't worry about them not socialising - there a plenty of families on the road doing exactly the same thing and the kids always seem to find other kids to play with.

Don't pack too many toys or clothes...

If you have room pack some form of washing machine - its about $4 a load at a caravan park.

Keep the kids under 2 years of age if you can when booking into van parks, amusement parks etc - they'll charge you for anyone over 2 years ?extra power and water? Last BIG4 van park we stayed in was $30 powered site and $7 for each child over 2.

We didn't get to see everything, probably never will. Have a great time, don't rush, ask lots of questions, it may take a few weeks to get into the swing of things. Cheers.
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FollowupID: 628317   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 14:26

reeks posted:

thank you, thats all good advice.

what type of vehicle would you suggest? campervan? motorhome? stationwagon and tent??

any other learnings?? better clockwise or anti? or doesnt it really matter??

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AnswerID: 360517   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 13:17

HGMonaro replied:

In 2007 we (2A 2C) did 20000 over 3mths for a total cost of $17772. However, we didn't spend $12000+ that we would have spent if we stayed home, so our 3 mths cost us under $6000 :) (which interestingly is just a little more than the cost of the petrol we used)

Cheers, Nige
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AnswerID: 360522   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 13:38

austastar replied:

If ya don't do Tassie; ya didn't do it.
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FollowupID: 628319   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 14:27

reeks posted:

haha - i know where you're coming from
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FollowupID: 628321   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 14:42

austastar posted:

Seriously, you can drive through completely different landscapes / geology / forest types / agriculture / architecture all in one afternoon.
You will not regret it, and you will never forget it.
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FollowupID: 628509   Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:14

reeks posted:


yes - i have heard good things about tassie (similar to NZ apparently). how much would a return car ferry be??
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FollowupID: 628599   Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:54

austastar posted:

Spirit Website here

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AnswerID: 360531   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 14:27

Member - Broe (WA) replied:

An interesting fact, though can't remember where I saw it, is that if you drive around Australia in a anti-clockwise direction, it will be 172.6km shorter than travelling clockwise due to being on the inside lane. There is a couple of hundred bucks right there to save you some coin. I imagine it will be more if you try to hug the coast.

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FollowupID: 628323   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 14:46

landseka posted:

Ha ha Broe,

Sounds good but unfortunatly it is one of those "heard it from somewhere" stories.

In actual fact there will be a theoretical difference in distance but it will be more like 18 meters shorter going anticlockwise.

It is a simple formula to work out using the Pi function.

Any mathematicians on the forum can back this up I'm sure.



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FollowupID: 628324   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 14:54

Member - Broe (WA) posted:

Based on a pure circle, I get 29.6km difference. However the people in the forum who came up with this "fact / fiction" said they travelled in one direction, and the truck was then sold to friends who travelled the other, and based on a similar course of some 23k km's, and comparison to GPS points, they came up with this number. Sounds good in theory.

Now, did you know that 87.423% of statistics are made up on the spot?......
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FollowupID: 628328   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 15:26

landseka posted:

heh heh, statistics say that if you put your head in an oven and your feet in a freezer, on average you will be comfortable.

The way to work out the diameter of a circle is to multiply the diameter by Pi (3.1459.....)

So, in a theoretical pure circle diameter of 7000kms (7000000 meters) then 7000000 x 3.1459 = 22021300m or 22021.3km.

Add 10 meters to the diameter (5m road width) we get 7000010 x 3.1459 = 22021331 or 22021.331 which is 31m further.

It doesn't matter if the diameter is 10 or 10000 or 100000 meters, adding 10m to it will have the same result.

Re the truck sold to friends, I would find it incredible if the trip could be replicated in reverse by different people without any extra / less kms through different side trips, different routes through towns etc.

Anyway, my head is spinning now through too much thinking....I'm back to the comics...heh heh.


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FollowupID: 628367   Submitted: Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 19:42

Kev - Member - Wynnum posted:


I have no way of knowing if you are in Australia or not but just in case you are I feel that I should point out that a 'metre' is the term used for measurement and 'meter' is an instrument for measuring.

You seem so precise with measurement in all other detail.

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FollowupID: 628453   Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:17

Member - Broe (WA) posted:

You gotta love random posts like this, it keeps it interesting.
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FollowupID: 628511   Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:23

reeks posted:

love the banter guys - will make for some great pub conversations.

My favourite ocker story is from Bill Brysons "Down Under" book, where the WA railways and the NSW railways decided to build tracks from the coast to the middle of Oz, however they never checked the track gage and when they met in the middle the gages were different widths.

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FollowupID: 628671   Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 19:00

Kev - Member - Wynnum posted:

Bugger - 'guage'
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AnswerID: 360727   Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:23

Member - Graham H (QLD) replied:

Well dont know about the rest but do the Great Ocean Road from the Geelong end going down as all the pull offs are on that side and you can see a lot more from that side of the road.
Just finished it and is magnificent and the chopper ride at The Apostles was a ripper Well worth the $95. Did it Melb- Appollo Bay-Portland-Kingston SE- Adelaide. Nice comfortable mileages giving time for sightseeing.

We are doing it in a figure 8, down the east coast, up the middle and down the west coast. Will let you know how it goes about Xmas IF we are finished.
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