Month Twelve on the Road – October 2019

Alice Springs > Balcolyn
4,560 kmIn Muddie
$5,899.46TOTAL SPEND

October saw us start in Alice Springs, head over to the east coast and then south along the coast to Lake Macquarie. It was a great month as these route allowed us to spend time with our friends 3 Escape Together, one of my besties Meegan and our families. It was so great to catch up with everyone, but I am sure by the time we said our sad goodbyes they were still keen to hear about our adventures.

Spending 2 weeks with each of our families meant we could take over garage space and back yards and clear out some stuff that we really didn’t need and give the camper a really good clean. We also gave the inside of Muddie a good clean, after travelling through the outback with no air conditioning it was well and truely needed.

This is how we went…..

Distance Travelled = 4,560 km


Fuel: $1,740.30
Groceries: $604.04
Eating Out: $204.30
Alcohol: $120.48
Accommodation: $0.00
Truck: $2,840.60
Camping Gear: $0.00
Boat/Fishing Gear: $0.00
Entertainment: $0.00
Personal: $46.99
Bills: $178.45
Misc/Incidentals: $159.19
Permits/Licences: $5.11
Total: $ 5,899.46
Weekly Average: $1,332.14


Cheapest Fuel: $1.40 (Woolworths Petrol, Morisett, NSW)
Most Expensive Fuel: $2.05 (Jervois Station, Plenty Hwy, NT)
Big Things Seen: Big Banana
Nights Free Camped: 7
Nights Low Cost Camped: 1
Nights Caravan Parks: 3
Nights Family Friends Sitting: 20
Times We Set Up Full Camp: 0
Longest Stay (Nights): 14
Shortest Stay (Nights): 1
Days On The Road: 11
Boat Trips:
Fish Caught:
Fish Caught - Brendon:
Fish Caught - Leah:


Location - Brendon: Newcastle, NSW
Location - Leah: Hervey Bay, Qld
Campground - Brendon: Burke River, Boulia
Campground - Leah: Burke River, Boulia
Fishing Spot - Brendon: Burke River, Boulia
Fishing Spot - Leah: Burke River, Boulia
Activity - Brendon: Fossiking at the Mud Tank NT
Activity - Leah: Catching redclaw at Burke River Qld
Meal Out - Brendon: Balinese Red Claw, Hervey Bay Qld
Meal Out - Leah: Everything at Mum's place, Balcolyn NSW


Once again we were over budget, I am thinking that it needs to be adjusted but with mainly being due to unforseen expenses it is a little hard to plan for them. So the weekly expenses worked out to be over by $694.23.

Our major costs related to Fuel, Muddie and Food.

This month we drove the most we have done since we left Brisbane 12 months ago. October 2018 saw us drive 4,413kms as we made our way from Brisbane to Balcolyn to Cape York. Funnily enough we ended this month in Balcolyn. Driving these distances definately puts up costs with the most we paid for fuel was $2.05 per litre.

The electrical issues were finally sorted out after being looked at by a few different people. But the Plenty Hwy, NT took its toll with two blown tyres on Muddie and the camper required roadside repairs due to the corregations –  exhaust for the heating system snapped and thesplit pin for the trailing arm suspension started to rub on the poly water tank. But the worst was that we had a requirement for the wheels to be interchangable between the camper and Muddie. This was agreed to in writing and when we tried to move the camper spare onto Muddie it did not fit. So at 10.30 Brendon had to make up a spacer plate on the side of the road which with the tools at hand took until 3am.

Our last big expense was food. It is WAY to easy just to grab something to eat from a servo or fast food joint when you are travelling. But I can gladly say that our grocery billl was a still acceptable amount of just over $150pw. We planned for travelling days with quick breakfasts, snacks and drinks brought from the supermarket, sandwiches for lunch and quick easy dinners. Whilst staying with our families we got some meals covered we also made sure that we paid our way when we were allowed.

The three nights that we stayed in a caravan park in Alice Springs, NT did not cost us anything as it was still covered by RACQ. We would definately recommend that you get the top level roadside assistance that you can afford before travelling. The money we have saved is way more than what it cost us. Staying with friends and family meant no accomodation costs this month.

So what about our favourities for the month….
Town – Brendon’s favourite town was Newcastle, NSW it is a great location. Walking distance from the CBD is the Port of Newcastle, the lighthouse, ocean baths, the beach and lots of community parks and areas to enjoy. Mine would be Hervey Bay, Qld, I had never been and even though it was a quick overnight stop I saw enough to make me want to go back. The slides in the park on the water are awesome, even for adults.

Campground – Both of us agreed that the best campsite for this month was the free camp on the Burke River at Boulia, Qld. It is a great free camp with plenty of space to spread out, you can swim in the river and there were plenty of red claw. See our review of the Burke River Campsite here.

Fishing Spot – Now we didn’t really go fishing this month the closest we came was catching some red claw at the Burke River, Qld. But I know if we had the time Brendon would have definately had a line in at Hervey Bay, Qld.

Attraction – Fossking for gems at the Mud Tank off the Plenty Hwy, NT was definately a highlight for Brendon. Unfortunately, whilst we left with lots of pretty clear gems/rocks I don’t think they would be something to retire on. For me it is back to the Burke River and catching my first ever Redclaw.

Meal Out – This month both our favourite meals we enjoyed with friends and family. Brendons favourite was the wicked balinese style redclaw that Maria from 3 Escape Together whipped up with the redclaw we caught. For me it was my mums cooking. Huge thanks to Maria and Mum for our favourite dishes for October 2019.

November will see us continue down to the South Coast of NSW where we plan to spend the next few months. We are going to enjoy a holiday with my family before heading back into the workforce for the Christmas School Holidays to top up the bank accounts.


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