Toyota Hiluxes

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 29, 2003 at 16:44
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I was also planning a 3 month camping trip around Australia. I was interested in what sort of budget most people travel on. I have a limited hip pocket so I was interested in what most people travel on.

Would 30000km's be a fair estimate for the distance for such a trip? Thats about 300km a day.

Does anyone know of any good Toyota Hilux forums?

Thanks
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 29, 2003 at 17:12

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2003 at 17:12
30,000 is a lot of KlMs..

your not planning to stay anywhere for a day or 2 to see what there really is??

Dont waste your time and do a Chevie Chase to Wally World, set times and stuff...

Just head out and take ya time...
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Tuesday, Jul 29, 2003 at 18:09

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2003 at 18:09
Nicko,
Well......it is about 17,000km around Oz on Highway One. Lets say you do 20,000km at 8km/l. That is 2500 litres at average $1.15 litre. That is $2875. Now you need $150 a week for tucker and booze. Thats $1800. So now you are up to $4675. Throw in another $2000 for incidentals. Lets say $7000 all up on a frugal budget. The more kilometres you do the more you spend. Happy travels.
Cheers, Willem
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Reply By: mrdesmo - Tuesday, Jul 29, 2003 at 18:19

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2003 at 18:19
Hi Nicko,
We did the round Oz oddysey in 2000 in a 2.0 petrol 84 twin cab Hilux, 23000 kms in 3 months, $4500 in fuel, 1 blown diff, 1 set of universal joints, 1 voltage regulator added to the bill, We spent about $12000 + maybe another $3500 on Visa roughly all up, including a couple of joyflights, 1 over Lake Eyre, 1 over the Buccaneer Archapelego. We did spoil ourselves in the odd 5 star every now and then though...and ate and drank good food and grog...hell, its not everyday you get to let your hair down for so long!Was told by more than 1 traveller that we were going the wrong way round, we went clockwise and had headwinds 90% of the way, go anticlockwise and set your spinaker!! The trip was definately rushed, but time wasn't on our side and we were more than enthusiastic about such a trip, and thouroghly enjoyed ourselves. Only problem with such a rushed trip, as Truckster mentioned is just that, not long enough in any one spot. The other thing was that after a while, you get a bit tired of 'yep, another gorge, another waterfall' syndrome, but on the brighter side, we know exactly where we would like to go back to to spend a decent amount of time at.
Have a bloody good holiday, prepare properly and you'll see why we got the bug to do it all again, and again, and again...!!
Cheers
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Reply By: Nicko - Tuesday, Jul 29, 2003 at 21:46

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2003 at 21:46
Thanks Guys,
Its good to hear how other trips have gone. I live in Brisbane and would like to spend most of the trip in Western Australia and Northern Territiory.

I think I may have to extend the trip and spend a bit over two months in WA/NT to really enjoy it.

Time to start saving!

Thanks again...
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil [Sunshine Coast] - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 18:04

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 18:04
GIDAY NIKO,
The missus & iI did it last yr. we only had 2 & half mths. [not nearly enough!!] but it was 20000Ks. & $98 per day,that was EVERYTHING ,smokes,grog ,about 12 motels, the rest tenting,some free, some C/PARKS. No major dramas, only 1 new tyre,but theres so much to see !!!
We are off again tomorrow to the top end & the Kimberly etc. so see ya out there
Phil
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Reply By: Member- Rox - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 00:59

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 00:59
Nicko, had 2 months in 1991 from Perth to Mlb over the top in a sigma!!!! got to Darwin in 1 month and that was rushed. Darwin to Melbourne 2nd month via townsville. I perfered the WA coast as no crowds, remote (as far as a sigma can get). Was traveling too often but had no Kids then. In that time frame maybee you should do 1/2 oz from which side of the contry your on, go to the other side. ex if you live in WA go explore the East & centre get my drift? Explore Oz tips say $100/day self drive camp per 2 adults.Around Oz 06/2004
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Follow Up By: Steve - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 14:56

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 14:56
If there is any way you can do it, take more than 3 months! I left 18 months ago saying I would be back somewhere between 3 & 36 months, and that is not going to be anywhere near enough.

Everyone wants something different out of their trip but a few things I have found useful are;
1. Be 100% sure of your rig & have spare cash to fix it if things go wrong,
2. The best spots are not easy to get to, and impossible in the wrong vehicle.

300km a day is a very long way. I met a bloke that travelled from Nth QLD right around and across the Nullabour in a Combi with his son listening to Hi 5 the whole way over 6 weeks. You could see the guy was ready to go postal.

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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 14:20

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 14:20
Nicko,

In our experience, we find $100 a day including all expenses is good. You can (and we have) travelled for less, say $80 a day so allow somewhere in between. This budget allows us money for food, fuel, 3 or 4 nights accom per week (unpowered sites) depending on where we are, occasional meal out at a pub, cafe or take-away, incidentals, very occasional tour and a few small souveniers (eg. cap, stubbie holder etc). Also covers minor repairs like a flat tyre. It doesn't cover major repairs which we always hope won't happen but sometimes do. For this we always ensure we have emergency money in reserve and/or plenty of credit on the plastic fantastic.

Have a good trip.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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