Before you set off on your lap around Australia you are always thinking of money. How much will it cost? What state will be the most expensive? How much does it cost other families? And to be honest this is the most common question we get asked all the time – “How much does it cost you to travel?” It’s difficult to know how to answer this. Our finances change all the time. We found travelling on the East coast of Australia was obviously cheaper than being in the outback. So we thought we would share with you “How far did we stretch $5,000 in the Northern Territory?”
Remember that all families travel and spend differently. We are sharing our spending to help others (not to be judged)!
Alice to Alice: 12 nights, 1923km travelled
Travel Brief: We left our caravan Alice and travelled down to Chambers Pillar. We visited Rainbow Valley and then down to Uluru. Off to Kings Canyon and then north through the Mereenie Loop. Enjoyed the breath taking West Macdonnell Ranges and then back to Alice for lots of washing.
Alice to Mataranka: 7 nights, 1260km travelled
Travel Brief: The day we went to head north our car wouldn’t start. An unexpected cost of a new battery and alternator hit the budget really hard. After repairing the car we headed north on the Stuart Highway. Ticked off some bucket list items like Devils Marbles and Daly Waters. We found a great little campground – Little Roper Stock camp in Mataranka. We loved relaxing at Bitter Springs and extended our stay.
Edith Falls – Litchfield National Park – Dundee Beach: 11 nights, 728km travelled
Travel Brief: We loved free camping 20km outside of Edith Falls. Onto the amazing Litchfield National Park and camped at Florence Falls. We couldn’t find accommodation in Darwin so we headed out to Bynoe Retreat for a little fishing.
Darwin – 7 nights, 200km travelled
Travel Brief: To finish our $5,000 we finished in Darwin. So many free activities kept us busy while we had a vehicle repaired again.
Final Stats – 5 weeks in the Northern Territory
We travelled – 37 days and 4,111km in total. So that worked out to be $140.33 a day or $1.26 per km.
Unfortunately, we had $1,250 of repairs on our vehicle that blew our budget out a bit.
Travelling in peak season increases your accommodation cost and they all charge extra for kids (however Bynoe Retreat kids stay free).
Sure there could be area’s that we can work on but overall we are happy with the amount of money that we spent.