Cape York on a budget from Vic.

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 11:40
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Hi all,

I have been trolling through the fuel data and other info on Cape York and have a quick question.

Doing Cape York on a budget for 4 weeks what will I need to spend?

Vehicle will be 2.5ltr turbo diesel courier and looking at fuel averages on all treks I need to allow about 15ltrs/100km. We'll be travelling from Central Vic to the top & back so anyone whose done it from Melbourne (or similar) fuel figures should be fine.

On top of that if we camp on the way up and back and spend four weeks up there roughly what $$$ can it be done for, including permits where required and Jardine Ferry etc.

Just curious what other people have spent and where/what they got for their hard earned $$$.

Lastly with a 120litre LRA tank in the ute will I have to carry fuel. Others in the trek fuel data seem to have carried heaps in jerry's and not touched it.

I'll put new shockies on before I go and change to new belts & hoses. Already have HF & Satphone. Anything else???

Most touring up until now has been 4-5 day trips so the wisdom of those here is appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Dave

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 12:04

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 12:04
www.travelmate.com.au and work out klms from there, than add a few 100 extra for hassles, and you may have a ballpark figure.

also allow for things to go wrong on the way - recovering trucks up there can get $$$...
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 12:13

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 12:13
My minister for finance tells me that all our trips/tours ect work out at a cost of $100/$120 per day, this figure includes fuel/food/drink/camping fees/ ect ect , ,,
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Reply By: Willykj - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 16:53

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 16:53
Hi Dave,

WE went to Cape York last Aug/Sep from Newcastle NSW. In a V6 Jackaroo. We were away just over 7 weeks & spent the following:-
Fuel $1,327.02
Cabins/Camping Fees $715.10 (stayed in cabins to/from Cairns)
Food $896.22 (there were a few food "free" days with friends)
Sundry $821.78 (Incl tours eg Thursday Isl & Weipa Mine etc & Jardine Ferry)
Total $3,760.12 - so average about $75 per day

Trust this helps
Willy
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Reply By: ianmc - Saturday, Mar 12, 2005 at 00:16

Saturday, Mar 12, 2005 at 00:16
Your 15k/l seems high for a 2.5td.Does that include a trailer.
L:ast year did 10,000kms to FNQ solo with lots of food ,prospecting & fishing gear & by keeping speed down averaged 11-12k/l on all roads including some off road.
Deisel was around 1.03 to 1.13 or more but more in 2005 I guess.
Used wayside stops & free sites or bush camps a lot so was a cheap trip with fuel accounting for about $1000.
Have heard some horror stories of rip offs up the Cape for a tow or spares but cant verify them.
If travelling in the spring plenty of free mangoes & pawpaws if U look around.
120L fuel should be fine as not so far between stops up there & U dont want to overload.
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, Mar 12, 2005 at 15:03

Saturday, Mar 12, 2005 at 15:03
Have heard some horror stories of rip offs up the Cape for a tow or spares but cant verify them.
Well you probably should not have written that should you.

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 12, 2005 at 09:59

Saturday, Mar 12, 2005 at 09:59
Hi Dave
I travel to the cape every year from Townsville and only carry 1 jerry of fuel for emergency only, like if we have to turn back for any reason, otherwise we never need it as fuel stops are reasonably spaced, 120 litres should be plenty
Cheers Poppy
PS. Watch the dips around Archer River area as some of them are dangerous at any speed, they are all signposted even if they have funny comments on nearly every one (signs that is)
Cheers Poppy ... and have a great trip (great steaks at Musgrave Station too)
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Reply By: signman - Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 16:28

Thursday, Mar 31, 2005 at 16:28
Hi there GeoCacher
Can ya help me?? How have you got your shovel mounted in your canopy?? I've had a look at all your pics but can't seem to work it out.
You might let me know direct to:
op.support@tsn.cc

Thanks in advance
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