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 Orders close 9 April 2015.


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    4th Apr 2015
    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
    5th Apr 2015
    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
    Sounds comfortable to me. Planning on trying it next year.
    7th Apr 2015
    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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