Month Ten on the Road – August 2019

Pennefather River > Kuranda
2,310 kmIn Muddie
$3,391.14TOTAL SPEND

After nine months in Cape York we have started to head south west for the next chapter of our adventure. The past nine months have been amazing, we have been lucky enough to meet some unreal people to share our adventure with, have some awesome experiences all within a magical place. Cape York is and will always be a very special place to us and with only scratching the surface of this diverse area we will be back…

Second month of trying to forward budget and we blew it…. again! Interestingly enough by pretty much the same amount. It is proving to be harder than we expected to stick to a budget on the road when your life is so unpredictable. But if it helps keep us in line and not working for a little longer it is worth the effort. So for now we are going to stick with it.

So this is how we went..

Distance Travelled = 2,310 km


Fuel: $1,293.47
Groceries: $782.10
Eating Out: $155.50
Alcohol: $333.05
Accommodation: $371.40
Truck: $235.50
Camping Gear: $0.00
Boat/Fishing Gear: $26.93
Entertainment: $0.00
Personal: $9.00
Bills: $154.19
Misc/Incidentals: $0.00
Permits/Licences: $30.00
Total: $ 3,391.14
Weekly Average: $765.74


Cheapest Fuel: $1.67 (Weipa Service Centre, Weipa Qld)
Most Expensive Fuel: $1.95 (Independent, Lockhart River, Qld)
Big Things Seen: None
Nights Free Camped: 11
Nights Low Cost Camped: 14
Nights Caravan Parks: 6
Nights Family Friends Sitting: 0
Times We Set Up Full Camp: 8
Longest Stay (Nights): 6
Shortest Stay (Nights): 1
Days On The Road: 10
Boat Trips: 12
Fish Caught: 47
Fish Caught - Brendon: 44
Fish Caught - Leah: 3


Location - Brendon: Pennefather River, Cape York Qld.
Location - Leah: Stones Crossing, Cape York Qld.
Campground - Brendon: Pennefather River, Cape York Qld
Campground - Leah: Wenlock River east of Stones Crossing, Cape York Qld
Fishing Spot - Brendon: Pennefather River, Cape York Qld.
Fishing Spot - Leah: Janie Creek, Cape York Qld.
Activity - Brendon: Fishing at Pennefather River, Cape York Qld.
Activity - Leah: Night excursion to see if turtles had come ashore to lay eggs
Meal Out - Brendon: Zinger Burger - Wild Cape Cafe Mapoon, Cape York Qld.
Meal Out - Leah: Wild Cape Burger - Wild Cape Cafe Mapoon, Cape York Qld.


Okay with an average weekly overspend of $150.40 it was time to take a good hard look at why we were so over budget.

This month we couldn’t blame bills or truck repairs, we simply blew out on what could be classified as luxuries not necessities. Food, booze and accomodation. Yep a little too much fun…

Food was over due to doing a little bit of a cook up and stock up for the next few weeks whilst we are travelling south.

Booze well we are both to blame, finally into civilization that sold Brookvale Union Ginger Beer, I lashed out and had a drink or two (of course Brendon needed to drink with me. lol!)

Accomodation turns out even low cost camping in National Parks for 14 days can blow the accomodation budget. Looks like free camp where possible from now.

We have decided to buy a generator we have been getting by without one but to keep up with all our gear and two fridges we are going to join the gennie bandwagon. So that is a big expenses budgeted for next month.

Next month we are going to continue south west to Uluru through Central Queensland. Brendon is really looking forward to striking it rich in the goldfields at Clermont. And I am hoping for some water we can swim and paddle in without being eaten.

~ Leah

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