Fuel expenses / kilometers for Kimberley trip

by Ditte

My boyfriend and I are planning a 9-10 day long trip for the Kimberleys in July. We are trying to figure out how much to budget for fuel. Our initial plan is to leave from Darwin and drive to Broome in a 4WD.

First we plan to go down the highway to see the Bungle Bungles and then travel back up to Kununurra and drive to Broome via the Gibb River Road.

We would like to know if there is somewhere we can calculate the kilometers for this trip, so that we can estimate our fuel expenses.

We know from your Kimberley guide book that fuel is more expensive in Kimberley than elsewhere in Austalia :) And thanks a lot for a wonderful book!

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Kimberley trip distances and fuel expenses
by: Ditte

Hi Ditte,

There is no easy online calculator if that's what you meant. (At least none that I'm aware of.) No matter which way you do it, you'll have to work it out yourself.

For the Gibb River Road I have summarized all the distances between turn offs and on the different side tracks etc at the end of the Gibb River Road section in the guide book. For the highway and the Bungles you'll just have to take the figures from the Bungles chapter out of the book (it tells you how far it is to drive from Kununurra and all driving distances inside the park), or get the HEMA map I recommend and take them from there.

And for the fuel prices there is a link in Part II of the book, same chapter where I say how dear it is :-). (Sorry, I don't have the link handy atm.) With that you can see how fuel prices compare between different towns here.

Between all that you should be able to work out what it'll cost.

And thanks a lot for your kind words! :)

I am planning exactly the same trip
by: Mark

So is 9 or 10 days a reasonable timeframe to enjoy the trip from Darwin to Broome - more would be better I know but getting more time off is difficult.

I'm thinking of hiring a 4wd with camping gear in Darwin for drop off in Broome - any tips for best operators in Darwin?

Btw I have the mini guide and will buy the book once I get our flights from Sydney locked in and it's definitely happening, but looking good right now.

Time frame for Kimberley trip
by: Birgit

Mark, whether that's reasonable totally depends on what you want to do in those 9 to 10 days. 10 days is a nice break. It only becomes unreasonable if you try to cram in too much.

If 10 days is all you have then you just have to adjust your schedule accordingly. Or should I call that your wish list?
You won't be able to see everything. Pick what's most important to you and resist the temptation to cram in too much. If you are camping you are flexible anyway and can adjust your wish list on the way.

And as you said, more time would most certainly be better. As soon as you start reading Destination Kimberley you will likely want to extend that to 3 to 4 weeks minimum :-).

Diesel Prices
by: Ian

Expect to pay between $2.15 and $2.35 on the Gibb river road

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