Daily budget for 24 day round trip Broome to Broome

by Krystyna
(Penrith NSW)

I'm trying to decide on a daily budget for fuel/provisions/camping fees on a 24 day round trip Broome to Broome. There will be two of us travelling in a 4WD camper (which is already in the budget).

Also, tours are not part of this daily budget as I have budgeted those separately. What would be a reasonable amount to factor in?

We are planning to go Highway to Kunnunura with all the usual tourist stops and back via the Gibb River Road. Can you advise?

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Daily budget trip
by: Anonymous

We did a 7 week trip last year from Bunbury to Bunbury across Nullabor, up the middle, Gibb, then home. We were towing a camper trailer with water tanks full. I used an app called Travelbug. You can enter your budget and it will tell you if you are under or over on your daily costs. I recorded everything including helicopter rides and meals out. Only thing I didn't record was occasional cider and coffee. We came in at around $190 a day. We didn't scrimp but did free camp a bit and often were unpowered in caravan parks as they were busy. Interestingly fuel came in at around the same cost as groceries. Hopefully that gives you a rough idea.

Budget
by: Pam

Just Google the campgrounds you plan to stay at, they will have the overnight rate. Fuel can be a bit dearer in places but it's not too bad, work out your distance, get the price of diesel and add a bit more. Stock up on your food in the larger centres and aim to purchase only what you really have to in the smaller places. If you have a fridge on board, get meat cryovacced before you go (many butchers will do this and it saves a lot and lasts for ages), take tinned food or dried (pasta/rice) and you'll find your food budget is minimal.

Budget
by: Anonymous

We have just completed a nine week Adelaide, Katherine, Broome, Perth, Adelaide trip of 13000 Kms.

Fuel costs were horrendous. We towed a 22 foot van with a 4.8L petrol Nissan Patrol. The road houses along the way were the dearest. Barrow Creek was the worst at $1.97L

Strong head winds were our downfall. Most days the forecast was forty knots. Traveling across the Nullabor we had strong side winds in excess of forty knots. Speed was 80 kmph as any higher was too dangerous.

Fuel costs alone were more than any of the 25 or more overseas trips we have done to the UK, Japan, USA, Russia, the continent, Cuba and many others.

Whatever you budget for fuel is at least double it for if you also encounter head winds.

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