Month Eleven on the Road – September 2019

Kuranda > Alice Springs
2,310 kmIn Muddie
$6,368.06TOTAL SPEND

Wow…. September was an EPIC month and we have did/saw so much but that also comes with the big price tag.

We started off in Kuranda and ended in Alice Springs. Along the way we snorkled, went paddleboarding, swam in the ocean, went gold prospecting, found saphires, caught our first red claw, went to the NT for the first time, saw the rock and the Olgas, used the heater for the first time in the camper, had an amazing meat pie, made some great new friends and ended the month with Muddie on a tow truck… again. 🙁

Looking back at all we have done over the last month it is no suprise that we blew the budget for the month. But it was worth every cent and would do it all again except having to put Muddie on a tow truck.

Turns out that we aren’t real good at budgeting or sticking to it but practice makes perfect, right?

But this is how we went..

Distance Travelled = 2,310 km


Fuel: $1,567.80
Groceries: $576.95
Eating Out: $224.15
Alcohol: $431.27
Accommodation: $125.82
Truck: $606.96
Camping Gear: $1,474.12
Boat/Fishing Gear: $0.00
Entertainment: $0.00
Personal: $227.98
Bills: $341.00
Misc/Incidentals: $729.81
Permits/Licences: $62.20
Total: $ 6,368.06
Weekly Average: $1,485.88


Cheapest Fuel: $1.43 (United, 105-115 Cairns Rd, Gordonvale QLD)
Most Expensive Fuel: $2.17 (Shell, 257 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT)
Big Things Seen: Big Boot - Tully, Big Mango - Bowen, Frosty Mango - Bowen, Big Pumpkin - TNQ, Big Watermelon - TNQ
Nights Free Camped: 16
Nights Low Cost Camped: 3
Nights Caravan Parks: 8
Nights Family Friends Sitting: 3
Times We Set Up Full Camp: 4
Longest Stay (Nights): 6
Shortest Stay (Nights): 1
Days On The Road: 14
Boat Trips: 0
Fish Caught: 6
Fish Caught - Brendon: 6
Fish Caught - Leah: 0


Location - Brendon: Bowen, Qld
Location - Leah: Ilfracombe, Qld
Campground - Brendon: Tully Gorge National Park, Qld
Campground - Leah: Tully Gorge National Park, Qld
Fishing Spot - Brendon: Tully Gorge National Park, Qld
Fishing Spot - Leah: Burke River, Boulia Qld
Activity - Brendon: Uluru, NT
Activity - Leah: Valley of the Winds hike, The Olgas NT
Meal Out - Brendon: Beef Ribs, Curtain Springs NT
Meal Out - Leah: Beef Ribs, Curtain Springs NT


Once again we had a significant overspend of roughly $826.88 per week.

Seems we didn’t really pull it in on the luxuries like we were meant to and once again spent to much on booze and eating out. Next month “should” be a little better with hopely no big expenses but we are going to be visiting friends and family so we will see.

We also had some big ticket items purchased this month including a generator and some new hard drives and SD cards. The brakes and rotors needed to be replaced in Muddie and a tyre bead repair was needed.

Even though we spent 8 nights in caravan parks our accomodation costs were low this was due to our stay in Alice Springs was covered by RACQ as Muddie went in for more repairs.

Since purchasing our camper we haven’t needed to use the heater as we have steered clear of the cold weather. But the first time we used it was in mid-October in NT. Yes, it was too cold to go outside without gloves, beanie and a big jacket. Who would have picked NT to be the location.

So quick run down on our favourites for this month:

Town/Place – Brendon’s was Bowen, Qld and it is easy to see why the place is absolutely beautiful and with perfect weather having a dip/snorkel/paddle in the ocean it is hard to beat. But for me it was Illfracombe and not so much for the town but the Wellshot Hotel is awesome definately one of my favourite country pubs.

Campground – We both agreed that Tully Gorge National Park was hands down the best. We stayed at alot of places but this was “Gorge”ous (had to do it). Check out our review to find out more.

Fishing Spot – Tully Gorge was Brendons favourite with landing a few jungle perch in the fast flowing Tully River. For me Burke River where I caught my first ever redclaw.

Attraction – Well both of our favourites were in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Highlight for Brendon was Uluru as he wanted to visit it for a long time and for me hiking the Olgas was on my bucket list. 

Meal – For both of us it was the beef ribs at Curtin Springs Station. They are sourced from the station and really well cooked and huge. Would definately recommend them if you are out that way.

In October we headed back to the east coast to visit friends and family. Then make our way down to the south coast of NSW where we will stay for the next few months.

~ Leah

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