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Total Time Away:  21 days

Total Distance Travelled:  5,743km

Total Fuel Used:  711 litres

Total Fuel Cost:  $1,123.00

Most Expensive Fuel:  Cooktown ($1.73/l)

Cheapest Fuel:  Gympie and Goondiwindi ($1.55/l)

No. of Nights Free Camping:  4 nights

No. of Nights at Caravan Parks:  16 nights

Total Cost of Accommodation:  $520.00

Avg. Cost of Accommodation:  $32.00

Total Cost of Sightseeing:  $90.00

Total Cost of Food:  $952.00

Mechanical Problems:  0

Tent Problems:  slight repair but nothing major

Arguments:  Nil (no, really…)

No. of Images taken:  2800


A caravan park is what it is – not all of them are the same and it’s what you need at the time which points to a good or bad experience i.e. I was desperate for cool so pools and shade were a huge focus for me at this time. But, the best animal experience was at Longreach, where there was no shade.

Best free camp:  Calliope

Best Experiences:

We enjoyed our trip so much and Pepe was the ideal companion.  Neither of us really wanted to come home but we know we must come back to reality at some point.  The trip left us with an even more deep seated longing to take off on our lap around this amazing country of ours.

Until then though, we will be taking Matilda (the camper trailer) out as much as possible.  Future posts will be on short trips (a weekend) and some longer ones when we get holidays (1-4 weeks).  We do hope you’ve enjoyed the blog on our trip.

In our next post, I found some videos that I took during the Nindigully Pig Races and the entertainment that surrounded that night.  It was far too late to include them in the original blog post, so thought I’d share in their own blog post.

Cheers til next post 🙂

Vanessa and Damian


  1. I/ve enjoyed your travels and look forward to your weekends away.


    1. Thank you Irene. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog. I look forward to bringing more of our travels in the near future – even if it is only a short journey.


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