Home Again

After 10 weeks on the road and 15,000kms travelled we are home again. The map above gives you an overview of where we went. I had planned on keeping a tally on costs and be able to quote off some amazing facts about our fuel consumption but I think by the 3rd refuel I’d lost the receipt and any enthusiasm for keeping records. Besides, it costs what it costs and it will never be the same price again.

For those that need to know, at a rough guess I’d say we averaged 12l/100km so that’s 1800lof diesel. I’d say diesel averaged around $1.75/l so that’s $3,150 in fuel. Most expensive fuel was at the Barkly Homestead $2.20 something and some of the cheapest was in Mt Isa (not far off Brisbane).

A few of our highs and lows were:


Favourite camp: Adels Grove

Most expensive camp: Powered – Big 4 Alice Springs; Unpowered – Ayres Rock Resort

Best facilities: Big 4 Alice Springs

Cheapest camp: By The Murray – Free; Neil Turner Weir – Free

Damage to car: 2 x rear windscreens, various stone ships, small dent to rear bumper, dust in places we’ll never be able to clean

Damage to trailer: water tank filler hose split, dust seals compressed sideways (maybe too many corrugations?)

Most difficult walk: Ayres Rock climb

Favourite gorge: Lawn Hill Gorge

Best swimming: Wangi Falls

Most beautiful swimming: Gunlom Falls

Best paid attraction: Questacon (Canberra), Australian Age of Dinosaurs (Winton), Defence of Darwin Museum (Darwin), Old Timers Mine (Coober Pedy), Qantas Museum (Longreach)

Best Aboriginal Art: Ubirr (Kakadu)

Favourite Caravan Park: Kakadu Lodge (Jabiru)

Kaka-‘do’ or Kaka-‘don’t’: Definitely Kaka-‘do’

Best Mountain Range: West Macdonnell Ranges

Best Pub: William Creek Hotel

Would we do it again: Absolutely

We’ve been home about 6 months now and after a period of settling in thoughts drift to where to go next and how can we get the time and money to make it happen.

I’ll try and remember a few of the following

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

“Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain