In the last 6 months we have put the camper up exactly 69 times, and we’re pretty damn good at it now! What began as a fumbling laborious process has now become a second nature type of routine, however I won’t miss it when we head home tomorrow. Life as a snail has its limitations!
As we head home tomorrow I thought I’d throw up some trivia from the last 6 months of traveling:
Travelled – 24985km from Perth clockwise back to Perth
Total Cost – $19849.00
Weekly Cost – $763.00 We were on $720.00 average for a long time, until we hit WA and had to stay in expensive caravan parks and do car repairs! Blech…
Total Fuel Cost – $4832.00
Photos Taken – 4653
Best Item Brought – coffee machine – apart from saving a small fortune we had great coffee all around Oz (as did plenty of people who bumped into us!)
Best Caravan Park – Pambula Beach was sensational, but close runners up would be Middleton Beach in Albany and Beachlands in Busso.
Best Free Camp Site – Its a dead heat between Longreach Water in NT, a little place just 12km west of Elliot, and Palm Springs, 45km out of Halls Creek. I reckon a lot depends on the mood you are in when you visit a place and in both of these places we were feeling good. I reckon Johanna in Vic would be a great camp, but for us it was cold, wet and wild the day we were there.
Best Value Caravan Park – Mission Beach Council park where we stayed on a powered site for $18.00/night or Seaforth Campground where it was $15.00/night or $77.00/week. They were both in Qld and we have found that the banana benders are great on cheap places to stay.
Worst Caravan Parks – Minnipin and Eucla. We stayed at Eucla, but just laughed at Minnipin. Be sure to avoid when you travel.The other surprise in this category was Lighthouse Caravan Park in Exmouth.
Michael at Kuranda Coffee Republic
Best Coffee – Kuranda Coffee Republic wins by a country mile. Brilliant! (To be fair I refuse to have coffee in cafes these days unless I know it gonna be good so there wasn’t much competition)
Best Book Read – The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus followed by The Life of Michael Petersen, were both brilliant reads.
Weirdest Moment – Meeting Jackson at Palm Springs
Barry helps Ellie feed the birds
Coolest People We Met – now this is really hard because we met so many brilliant people, but we both found ourselves really impressed by the little community of grey nomads who have made Seaforth their annual pilgrimage. They welcomed us and our kids with open arms and were a fantastic bunch of people.
Best Buy – Its a big toss up between the $1.00 trackies I got from the Warilla op shop, (I think I have wore them for about the next two months non stop) and the portaloo we picked up in Mission Beach. I will confess to being wrong on the need for this item. As much as the girls needed it more than the boys, on cold wet nights it is nice not to have to walk outside to find a tree!
Best surf – This is a tough one as the best waves were undoubtedly at Lennox Head, but Pambula beach was the most fun. Great waves, no crowds and I was in better shape by then too. The pic on the header is from the day we left. Magic!
Saddest Place– Nimbin – I wrote about our afternoon in Nimbin and the pain we saw in what is apparently utopia
Ellie Gets Her Prize
Biggest Buzz – When Ellie won her prize from Bindi Irwin – a very happy little girl!
Wildest Weather – Our night in Poochera was pretty full on with wind and rain and we baled on windy Cape le Grand, but otherwise we did pretty well.
Ongoing Frustration – kids needing to wee while driving… we need a better system…
Funniest moment – You might have to ask me… but lets just say it involves Enid Blyton and some of her character’s names…
Favourite State – NSW (yep – surprised me too!)
Favourite Place – Pambula ticked all the boxes in the ‘could we live here?’ test, even down to the ‘too small for a McDonalds’ requirement. We hope to do a country stint one day so who knows…
Dumbest Mistake – thinking a week in an apartment in Surfers Paradise would be an enjoyable break… It felt more like we were trapped 18 floors up in a noisy cell with a dodgy bed and nowhere for the kids to play.
Van for Next Time – We might just go again in the Eagle as there isn’t much we could fault about it, but we are attracted to the Jayco Expandas, with bunks for the kids and a shower onboard to make free camping a little easier. Its also 3 times the price…
Car For Next Time – not sure, but one with rear air con, better rear seat leg room and better economy. I’m thinking maybe a Prado turbo diesel.
Biggest Learning – it doesn’t cost as much as you think. We will be looking to do it again in a few years time.
Worst Drivers – Qld… sorry 🙂
Best Memory – so many, but the early part of the trip where we were leaving Perth behind and driving into the Pilbara was definitely up there.
Worst Roads – Qld! We renamed the Barclay Highway, the Barclay Track because it was so bumpy and crazy.
Thanks to those who have shared the road both physically and virtually. We have enjoyed the company of many good friends both on the blog and in person.
Now its back to real life…
Not any more!