Was wondering how many kilometres the average trip is around Australia for those

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:29
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I am aware there are many many variables to this but was wondering what the total number of kilometres and time taken was for those that have done the big one?

I see many comments from folks who are planning their trips but was wondering if they have any real idea on the distance they may travel and the time frames others have taken. Also questions in regard to final total costs (compared to original budgets) also start coming to mind etc etc. Obviously there are those who have never stopped or are on their second or third or ?? lap too.

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Reply By: Brian Purdue - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:52

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:52
Well, it depends on what you want to see and do. I set out 4 years ago to go to the Fkinders Range. I have yet to get out of W.A. and even here I have been no further north than Marble Bar nor further east than Bulong.
I am concerned than I have missed probably the best part of W.A.
But, I have a friend who drove around Australia in three weeks. He assures me that the white line in the middle of the road is not continous.
So it depends on the time you have, your interests and how much money is in the kittty.
Brian Purdue
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Reply By: trilogy - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:57

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:57
Hi
We did a lap last year took 5 months total distance was 24,150 kms with a camper trailer cost worked out $1.00 per Km, this included a couple of local flights,and helo rides ,swimming with whale sharks,10-15 nights in motels the rest in carravan parks,all food,fuel and not holding back on spending money.
Would do it all again tomorrow if we could,every day was great.
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:03

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:03
We did 45,000 over twelve months and yep about $1.00 per K

Did heaps of side trips along the way that's why the Ks were so high.

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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:06

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:06
The general consensus by most state service clubs viz. NRMA,Racv etc is 25 thousand K's sticking to the highway route no 1 .
Me yes we did 25k just in WA & the NT just cruisin n lookin.
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Reply By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:13

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:13
Left home in Melbourne a couple of years ago, heading to Perth as the first leg on a West Coast trip. Now I knew Perth was about 3000 odd kms. away, but about 5 weeks, and nearly 8000 ks later, we arrived there. My point is, the best laid plans fall by the wayside when there's so much to see. I must admit we had no real time frame either. Regards.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:23

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:23
We spend 7-9 months on the road each year.
We never "plan" to go 'around the block', but did cover all mainland states and the NT in 2007.
We mostly keep OFF the black top wherever we can.

2005, 5 months, 19,000k, SA, NT, WA, Qld, SA.
2006, 9 months, 32,000k, SA, Tas, SA, WA, SA.
2007, 7 months, 27,000k, SA, Vic, NSW, Qld, NT, WA, NT, SA.
2008, 8 months, 23,000k, SA, NSW, Qld, NT, WA, NT, Qld, NSW, Vic, SA.

The more we travel, the less ks we do per day.

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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:44

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:44
Pradoz

We all have to do careful panning and budgeting when going away on extended trips.

For some its a trip of a once only trip of a lifetime and they will spend extra on various forms of entertainment and live it up.

Some of us who take on the extended trips every year have to budget carefully and take into account many variables.

Our trek this year will be about 8000km and it will take 12 weeks.

I expect our total cost to be around $4000 (set up, refurbishing, stocking up and preparation has already cost around $2000)


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Follow Up By: Twintrail(W.A.) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:01

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:01
hi willem. where are you planning to go.regards pedro.(ramblers mate)
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 08:36

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 08:36
Hi Pedro

Going to the western deserts and Pilbara

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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 09:08

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 09:08
Morning Willem, when you hoping to be in teh Pilbara. Heading up late June and 2wks nosing around in the start of July.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 09:22

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 09:22
Yeah, I will be around Marble Bar and Nullagine around that time....I think :-)
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Reply By: Ups and Downs - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 09:04

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 09:04
5 years ago.
34,000km. Right around the coast with some backtracking and inland deviations.
$40,000
Worth every cent.
Paul
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Reply By: Dusty & Bumpy - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 10:06

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 10:06
32000 km in 2000. Lots of inland deviations, but we did see most polaces planned. Don't want to know what it cost!
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 10:47

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 10:47
Last year from 12 April to 24 Sept , 23,000 klm only a 1/2 block [top half ] Fuel alone cost $6900 ,, Diesel - cheapest was start point Brisbane @$1.53 , dearest @ RabbitFlat $2.51 ,, total lt used = 3754, add another $125 per day average for food /fees / ect ect ect ,,,,,,,,, who said travel /camping was "cheap"????
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Reply By: Dunco (NSW) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 11:12

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 11:12
Sydney-Wagga-Melbourne-Adelaide-Coober Pedy-Uluru-Kakadu-Darwin-Broome-Exmouth-Perth-Broken Hill-Sydney


17,000km
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:00

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:00
Funny how everyone seems to come up with the same average cost.
My trips 3000 - 4000 klms $3000 to $4000
My trips 4000 - 6000 klms average $5,500

Never thought it as $ per K cost before.
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Reply By: Dan - Yal - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:05

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:05
Hi PradOz,
we are currently half way through our trip around Oz. We left Tom Price, have travelled around the bottom half of Oz and are now in Brisbane, 25,000km later.
As for planning how many miles you'll do, work out the point to point distance and add about 50% for side trips etc. This is what others told me to expect and this trip has confirmed their estimates.
As for costs, we underestimated the initial set up cost but over estimated the cost of travelling once on the road. When we begun our trip, deisel was $1.95 in Tom Price, we are now paying $1.05 in Bris Vegas. Totalling the travel costs, it all seems to balance out to approx $1 per km which is a fairly common estimate.
Its the best holiday I've ever had. I too dreamt about it for ages but didnt act until recently. Now we are thinking about the second trip around, probably 10 years down the track when we have kids.
You have got to do it
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Reply By: Member - Ron M (NSW) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 14:07

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 14:07
My wife and I left our base , to caravan around oz 1 month ago ( 2 pension paydays ago ) We have travelled 3000 ks , so far only living on our pensions , even though we have a $40,000 back up .. we use the back up as a gauge of the costs ... To date we are $132 in front .. so if your frugal , ( not starving ) you can do it . BUT before you leave make sure you have everything new or fully repaired . that way theres no big outlays.. Then the rest of the costs are up to you ..
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Reply By: Member - Carl S (VIC) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 14:07

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 14:07
We are only 6000k's into our trip, and would agree with the $1.00 per kilo rule of thumb too, we are in a Prado with dual fuel, big mistake round WA and the NT, gas is expensive, sometimes close to petrol prices! Go Diesel and save, but more importantly just go for it!!
We are having a ball.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 17:48

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 17:48
Have just uploaded a spreadsheet for itinerary planning which includes kms travelled on each leg and arrive /depart dates.

It is in the members file swap section under Checklists and Planners.

Figures for my upcoming trip total 12500 but do not include side trips .

Pedro
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Follow Up By: PradOz - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:09

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:09
hi carl - i have prado before your model, dual fuel. are you towing, if so what size, model etc. enjoy your travels...
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Follow Up By: Member - Carl S (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:59

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:59
I tow a 2002 Jayco Heritage dual axe pop top, the Prado has a roof rack loaded with camping gear and the car is chock a block full of other stuff, be prepared to spend up to 135 cents for gas and 180 cents for unleaded, this is our biggest expense, towing consumption at a steady 90 to 95kph is between at best 22 litres per 100 on petrol and up to 31 litres per 100, so we have at best a range of 550 thats with 87 litres of petrol and usable 63 litres of gas
good luck, my advise get a turbo diesel with dual tanks, you'll save heaps of money
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Reply By: PradOz - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:07

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:07
thanks for all the replies - its very interesting seeing the price similarities. something to keep in mind
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