Month Thirteen on the Road – November 2019

MONTH #13
Balcolyn > Currarong
1,525 kmIn Muddie
$509.37FUEL
$573.92GROCERIES
$2,179.15TOTAL SPEND
0FISH CAUGHT

November was a great month with only good news to share. 🙂

We travelled from my (Leah) parents place in Lake Macquarie down to the South Coast of NSW which we will be calling home for the next few months. It is such a beautiful part of Australia and we can’t wait to explore it…

We had a family holiday with my family for a week in Batemans Bay, it was also to celebrate my 40th birthday. It is a spectacular place and meant lots of family time and eating. My sister, 2yo nephew and I got into some rock painting which I will continue during my travels, it is pretty cool.

But the best part of my birthday was the present from Brendon. He totally suprised me with a pendant he made out of a six pence he found metal detecting and a zircon we found whilst fossicking in NT. It is one of a kind and means alot not only because of where he sourced the materials but because he spent so much time learning how to make it and then making it.

We had no repairs or replacements to Muddie or any of our gear fingers crossed that now we are having a break from the harsh environments we also have a break from that. Soon Muddie will have a break from having the tinny on top full time, towing the camper and having a full fridge in the back. We do still have to get the air conditioning looked at but that is nothing urgent as it is alot cooler down here and we survived the 40°+ earlier this year in NT.

With a great month and lots of celebrating we also had one of our cheapest.

This is how we went…..

Distance Travelled = 1,525 km

Expenses

Fuel: $509.37
Groceries: $573.92
Eating Out: $116.20
Alcohol: $88.00
Accommodation: $30.00
Truck: $6.00
Camping Gear: $231.42
Boat/Fishing Gear: $80.99
Entertainment: $0.00
Personal: $121.63
Bills: $310.14
Misc/Incidentals: $6.99
Permits/Licences: $104.49
Total: $ 2,179.15
Weekly Average: $508.47

Facts

Cheapest Fuel: $1.44 (Woolworths Petrol, Morisett, NSW)
Most Expensive Fuel: $1.53 (Woolworths Petrol, Batemans Bay, NSW)
Big Things Seen: None
Nights Free Camped: 12
Nights Low Cost Camped: 0
Nights Caravan Parks: 1
Nights Family Friends Sitting: 17
Times We Set Up Full Camp: 2
Longest Stay (Nights): 10
Shortest Stay (Nights): 1
Days On The Road: 6
Boat Trips: 0
Fish Caught: 0
Fish Caught - Brendon:
Fish Caught - Leah:

Favourites

Location - Brendon: Batemans Bay, NSW
Location - Leah: Batemans Bay, NSW
Campground - Brendon: Bendeela, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Campground - Leah: Bendeela, Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Fishing Spot - Brendon: None
Fishing Spot - Leah: None
Activity - Brendon: Seeing all the wombats at Bendeela
Activity - Leah: Seeing all the wombats at Bendeela
Meal Out - Brendon: Leftovers from Birthday Lunch
Meal Out - Leah: Birthday Lunch

Summary

Woo Hoo!!! We came in under budget for the second time since we hit the road last October. With an average weekly spend of just $508.47 it meant that we were $148.37 under budget each week.

Now to be honest this great work was helped along by having no repairs to Muddie, we stayed with family for 2 weeks which lowered accomodation and food expenses (but put on a few kilos), the rest of the time we free camped and we did alot less kms than we had been doing over the past few months.

Our top three expenses were groceries, fuel and bills.

Whilst we stayed with family for half of the month we still like to pay our way when we are allowed too. The remaining two weeks that we free camped we made sure we had enough supplies to get us by as the closest major centres where 30 mins away and there was no access to fast food. Which is a good thing really.

When you own a 4WD fuel costs are always going to be up there especially when you are on the road. So whilst we did less kms we were still doing a fair bit of driving. In general fuel prices are significantly cheaper down here compared to where we have spent the last year which is a nice change.

Our expenditure on bills has gone up and will stay up from now on. This is because before heading off in October last year we paid for the insurance for both Muddie and the camper for the full year. Now without having so much disposable income we were not able to do that. When we pick up some work this is something we plan to get out of the way. We also had Roadside Assistance due and we would NEVER go without that.

So what about our favourities for the month, strangely we agreed on everything this month….
Town – Batemans Bay, NSW was both of our favourite. For me it was spending a family holiday there. For Brendons it was about the proximity to so many things to visit and do.

Campground – For both of us Bendeela Free Camp in the Kangaroo Valley, was our favourite. The grounds were green with plenty of space to spread out, they even open up a second section on weekends and holidays to give everyone enough room to enjoy their time. The water in the river was quite low but it was still ok for kayaking, paddleboarding and going for a swim. But what made the place was the wombats that come out on dusk and casually walk around eating until dawn. They are not bothered by people taking photos near them, but it is requested that you don’t touch, feed etc.

Fishing Spot – Once again another month of no fishing but I have a feeling this will change when we set up in Currarong.

Attraction – The highlight for both of us was definately the wombats at Bendeela. OMG… they are so cute and totally chilled out.

Meal Out – My favourite was the birthday lunch with my family. Brendons was the home made buffet we had one night of some leftovers.

Next month we will be hanging around the South Coast untill we start six weeks work at Holiday Haven at Currarong. We are going to help out for the madness that is school holidays in a caravan park. This will give us some very valuable experience of working in a caravan park. It will also be our second Christmas and New Year in the camper, how time flies.

~Leah

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