Today marks 6 months since I left Collie (WA) to set off on my adventure around Oz. I have had just the best time. I have seen some beautiful sights, camped at some amazing places and met the most fantastic people. I have loved every minute of my journey so far.
So , having left Collie on the 2nd February 2019, today the 2nd August 2019 finds me in Darwin at Robbie Robbins Reserve. I have travelled 9,428km at an average daily crawl of 52km per day. My fuel bill averages just under $100 per week.
My average weekly food bill is $135 per week. This includes groceries, takeaways and dining out. My alcohol intake comes out at just under $20 per week.
Top 6 “Touristy Things”
Lake Argyle Boat Cruise
Helicopter flight over Bungle Bungles
4wd tour of Bungle Bungles
Karijini National Park
Litchfield National Park
Favourite Towns visited
Darwin (not that I have seen much yet)
Favourite Camp Site
I’ve stayed in some great places and some out of the way places. From the main street in Marble Bar to the cemetery at Onslow. From floodways in the Kennedy Ranges to the airport at Carnarvon.
The best place without a doubt was Lee & Jenny’s Bush Camp at Daly River. I stayed here a week the first time and then went back again for another 10 days. Genuine Hosts, Lee and Jenny can’t do enough to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. Assistant caretakers were all lovely and friendly as were just about everyone in the park. I think this place just attracts good people. Nearly everyone who stopped here extended their original stay, some by many weeks.
I have read a total of 23 books at an average of just under 1 book per week. While I have a TV in the bus I haven’t even switched it on. I don’t miss it. I get my news off the internet on my phone. I get my Collie news either from friends or from being on their Community facebook page. I get my WA news from WA News site and thanks to Telstra I get free access to all AFL games via their App. My choice of campsite sometimes is dictated by where I can get reception at weekends!
So what do I make of my first 6 months on the road?
One thing I am certain is it was the best decision I have ever made. If you have read my blog or seen some of my Facebook posts and thought “Wow, I would love to be doing that” then my advice to you is to do whatever it takes within your power to achieve that outcome. You don’t have to be retired. There are plenty of people, young, old, solo, couples, families travelling full time. All are out there enjoying life on the road and making the most of their life.
Whatever you do, don't leave it too late.