Month Two on the Road – December 2018

Bundaberg > Bamaga
2,048 kmIn Muddie
$3,834.33TOTAL SPEND

Wow…. What a month December was, it was our first full month living in the camper and we also started as Care Takers of the Croc Tent in Cape York, QLD. December was a steep learning curve as we got use to life in the camper, the ins and outs of living in a remote location and the role of Care Taker.

One of the benefits of being Care Takers is that we have a permanent secure and free base for the next few months. With the luxury of being able to unhitch and know the camper is safe we have the freedom to explore Cape York. So whilst we weren’t towing between destinations we still did a lot of driving making as much as possible of our time here. We have noticed that the price of fuel rarely changes and for the past few weeks it has been $1.82 for diesel.

Groceries generally cost a little more than in other areas due to transportation costs. But we were pleased to find out that locals can get their groceries through Coles Online however, I would not suggest this as an option if you are just visiting. We had a large order of groceries delivered on the 31st December 2018 which both Brendon and I were very excited to see arrive. There had been terrible weather and we were concerned that the boat would be late or for safety reason the unloading would be delayed. We had been craving some snacks like chips and lollies and because they were not “required” we had not wanted to buy them at the local prices.

With our rushed effort to make it to Cape York before the turn in the weather we did a quick 30 minute run around of Woolworths in Mareeba and that was it for our food preparation. To say we were disorganised would infer that there was some kind of organisation which there wasn’t. Unfortunately this total lack of organisation resulted in lots of additional trips into town to get stuff, pushing fuel and food expenses up more than we had hoped. We did still have a lot of the pre-made dinners (that were prepared at my Parent’s house, thanks Mum!) so we ate those most nights.

Last month with all the large expenses our average WEEKLY cost was $4,241.52, I can happily say that our total MONTHLY spend for December is a LOT less than that. We have come in at total spend of $3,834.33 for the MONTH.

So for December and for the second month running I didn’t prepared a budget prior to the start of the month, but this is how we went….

Distance Travelled = 2,048 km


Fuel: $877.97
Groceries: $1,009.04
Eating Out: $11.90
Alcohol: $210.00
Accommodation: $16.00
Truck: $0.00
Camping Gear: $0.00
Boat/Fishing Gear: $0.00
Entertainment: $0.00
Personal: $20.00
Bills: $197.94
Misc/Incidentals: $1,355.48
Permits/Licences: $136.00
Total: $ 3,834.33
Weekly Average: $865.82


Cheapest Fuel: $1.82 (BP, Bamaga Cape York Qld)
Most Expensive Fuel: $1.87 (BP, Bamaga Cape York Qld)
Big Things Seen: None
Nights Free Camped: 0
Nights Low Cost Camped: 1
Nights Caravan Parks: 1
Nights Family Friends Sitting: 29
Times We Set Up Full Camp: 3
Longest Stay (Nights): 29
Shortest Stay (Nights): 1
Days On The Road: 3
Boat Trips: 1
Fish Caught: 4
Fish Caught - Brendon: 4
Fish Caught - Leah: 0


Location - Brendon: Seisia, Cape York Qld
Location - Leah: Seisia, Cape York Qld
Campground - Brendon: Moreton Telegraph Station, Cape York Qld
Campground - Leah: Moreton Telegraph Station, Cape York Qld
Fishing Spot - Brendon: Moreton Telegraph Station, Cape York Qld
Fishing Spot - Leah: Seisia Wharf, Cape York Qld
Activity - Brendon: Swimming at Fruit Bat Falls, Cape York Qld
Activity - Leah: Swimming at Fruit Bat Falls, Cape York Qld
Meal Out - Brendon: Hot Chips, BP Bamaga, Cape York Qld
Meal Out - Leah: Hot Chips, BP Bamaga, Cape York Qld


Our weekly average is down to $865.82 which is $3,375.70 less than last months which is awesome. It seems that most people say $500 per week when travelling so we may have to look at a few things in the next few months, but there is a strong feeling that a strict budget isn’t going to suit us.

Our large purchase for the month was a metal detector it accounts for 1/3 of our expenditure for the month but is a one off purchase and will hopefully ‘eventually’ pay its self-off.

This month our fuel costs didn’t vary too much from November when we drove from Newcastle to Charters Towers with a lot of running around in Bundaberg. This is primarily from doing trips into town every day we did a couple of small trips out and about too.

The Coles Online order and the remaining premade dinners should set us up for the next 5 weeks, so whilst it was a big expense it should make things better for the next month.

We did review and change the plan of Leah’s phone. She was on a $79 per month plan with Optus and with no Optus reception here is was a waste of money. She has changed over to a SIM only plan which only costs $30 for 90 days.

We are also reviewing our current health insurances as we are sure we can get a better deal by reducing cover. We don’t want to cancel it yet as we don’t want the lifetime cover loading if we need to start it again.

As we adjust more to how things work up here we aim to reduce our expenses further and attempt to be more organised.

Each month we will provide you with the information about how much life on the road is costing us and some facts about what we have done that month.

Next month we will be continuing on as Care Takers of the Croc Tent, Cape York.

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