7 Month Stats, 2nd Lap of Australia - $513 per week, Family of 4


7 Month Stats, 2nd Lap of Australia - $513 per week, Family of 4   

Free Camps - 33!!

Low Cost or National Park - 14

Caravan Parks - 6

Home/Yard stays - 4

Most days without plugging into Power: - 44
COST OF ACCOMODATION .......... $35 per week


Weight lost by being happier and healthier!

Noela: 8kg 

Joe: 2kg
COST OF FOOD/GROCERIES .......... $175 per week

OR .......... $6.25 per person/day !


Favourite Cheap and Quick Meal -

Noela: Sweet Soy Turkey Mince and Veges with Rice Noodles

Joe: Creamy Chicken and Mushroom

Rob: Sausages and Vege

Abby: Homemade Fish and Chips


Most popular Takeaway: Occasional Pub dinner and Pies

Coffees spent out: Only 2
COST OF TAKEAWAY .......... $19 per week


Most Expensive Diesel - $1.90 at Bulman, Central Arnhem Highway, NT

17,000 kilometres travelled in New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory

2008 V8 Toyota Landcruiser Diesel
COST OF FUEL .......... $123 per week


Favourite Experiences -

Joe: Artillery Museum, Cairns and Kuranda Skyrail

Noela: Rob interviewing the Elliott family (The family responsible for all those Dinosaur discoveries in Outback Queensland) (Cost: Free!)

Rob: “I just love all of this trip”

Abby: Watching the Aboriginal Dancing on Emu Park Beach (Cost: Free!)

Regretful experiences: 0
COST OF ENTERTAINMENT.......... $49 per week


Most unexpected repair: Windscreen replaced

Tyres repaired: 2

Unexpected purchase: Mavic Pro Drone - $2,006 not included
COST OF MAINTENANCE, REGO & INSURANCE .......... $55 per week


Best educational purchase: Hand held microscope, Leap Reader and Story of the World audio series

Unused purchase: Skwirk app

Number of regrets of choosing to Home Schooling: 0

Best advice: Trust in your own abilities and focus on empowering the love of learning.


COST OF GROG .......... $35 per week
Enemy No. 1: Rum!


TOTAL : $513 per week


Favourite Free Camp

Joe: Tooloom Falls, NSW

Noela: Gregory Downs, Qld


Favourite Low Cost Camp

Joe: Natone, Inskip Point, Qld

Noela: Lawn Hill National Park, Qld


Favourite Kids Campsites

Rob: Crystal Cascades Cairns because I met so many cool kids there

Abby: Ingenia Cairns Coconut


Worst Road: Savannah Way between Hells Gate, Qld and Borroloola, NT
Best 4 x 4 Track: Big Sandy, Byfields National Park
Best Beach (this trip): Cape Arnhem, East Arnhem Land, NT


Days worked: 30


Number of Travelling Families Met: 30+ !


Wouldn’t have left home without:

Joe: AGM Batteries & Solar

Noela: Portable Washing Machine


Most Unused Item:

Joe: Remote Control Nitro Buggy

Noela: Bellini Multi-Cooker (Cheaper version of Thermo)


Surprised that you haven’t use more:

Joe: TV Car Screens

Noela: DVDs


Things stolen: 0

Number of times we’ve donated our overstocked camper: 5! (Less is more people!)


Best advice –

Joe: Work to live, not live to work.

Noela: Your kids won’t want to hang around you forever. Don’t wait and miss your chance.

Rob: Always have an emergency boredom kit for in the car.

Abby: Always tell your mum if you want to talk to someone or go somewhere.


Memories Made: Millions
Dollars spent: $513 per week very well spent!
Education value: Priceless
Number of Regrets: NONE
Would we recommend this lifestyles: YES YES YES - and Absolutely YES! Why is this even a question! 




Hope that helps with your planning!

We are budget travellers but never feel we miss out on anything.


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