Cost of driving around Australia

If you’re planning a trip driving around Australia, how much will it cost?

Cost of driving around Australia

Last year my partner Bill and I spent 42 weeks driving 40,000 of the country's roughest, toughest and dustiest kilometres on a lap of mainland Australia. The one thing everyone asks us is "how much does a trip like that cost?"

Everyone's trip is different, depending on what you drive, where you go, where you stay and what you eat and drink.  We were in a 4WD (a 2012 Mitsubishi Triton dual-cab one-tonner) and towing an off-road camper trailer (Johnno's deluxe). In terms of day-to-day expenses we averaged just under $150 a day, including fuel (the highest we paid was $3.40 a litre in the western deserts, but $2-$2.70 in remote areas was not unusual), camping fees and the occasional night in a pub if the weather was foul, food and alcohol – we probably could have got that down a little if my partner was a better fisherman, and if I'd chosen cheaper wine, but hey, life's too short!

You'll find more in Lee Atkinson’s new book, The Big Lap. You can pre-order a copy at www.pozible.com/biglap. Orders close 9 April 2015.





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    Lorrainehk
    4th Apr 2015
    10:23pm
    Try staying with friends and family!!! Our three month trip from Townsville to Melbourne and back via Alice Springs has been much cheaper than $150 per day and it is lovely renewing old acquaintances
    vincent
    5th Apr 2015
    7:53am
    You're of your rocker.On your cost it averages out at under $50 a day on fuel and that is with my old cruiser. That leaves you with $100 a day for living expenses, seems you need to learn about budgeting.
    Auction Girl
    5th Apr 2015
    2:46pm
    Sounds comfortable to me. Planning on trying it next year.
    Mary
    7th Apr 2015
    8:16am
    that's called getting your friends/relatives paying for your holiday - there are many free/cheap camp sites and as long as you spend some money in the area to keep the locals happy and viable, staying a little longer and cutting the cost of fuel per day. Its all about enjoying your trip and quaint pubs and ambience is what its all about


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