This month saw us back on the road after having been stopped for four months for work. Our first big stop was the Gold Coast to see our kids and also to attend our niece’s 21st birthday party. As we weren’t in a hurry, we took a week to travel up through the middle of NSW. But as usual, when we return to the Gold Coast we spend a bit of money and that is reflected in our expense report for June 2021.
BINGARA RIVERSIDE FREE CAMP, NSW
As I mentioned we took a week to travel back to the Gold Coast. We spent two nights camped on the river at Bingara in northern NSW. We have travelled through Bingara a number of times but never had the chance to camp there. It is one of the best spots we have ever stayed. Right on the rivers edge and so quiet and peaceful. The days were beautiful and sunny but the nights were extremely cool. Luckily we could have a camp fire. If you are passing through it is definitely a great spot to spend some time.
WESCLOUD LODGE FARM STAY, BURPENGARY
Whilst on the Gold Coast I had some minor surgery to remove a couple of skin cancers. So whilst waiting until I could have the stitches removed we stayed a few nights at this great little farm stay. Tucked away on 40 acres in the middle of suburbia, you could be anywhere. You can pretty much set up camp anywhere and have a camp fire as well. There are toilets and basic showers near the house, but no power. Given it’s location, we thought $20 a night was very reasonable. Even Miss Oz came to visit us for a night, which was great. You can find details about Wescloud Lodge on WikiCamps.
After leaving Brisbane, we have started to head west. We are going to spend the next few months exploring Queensland until it’s time to return to the Gold Coast in November for our sons 21st birthday. We are very excited to be heading back to Carnarvon Gorge with friends in a couple of weeks.
ACCOMMODATION AND KILOMETRES
This month we travelled a total of 3350 kilometres. We purchased 514.100 litres of fuel at an average cost of $1.36 per litre. Average fuel economy was 15.35 litres per 100 kilometres.
Where we stayed is divided up as below
- Caravan Park – 4 nights
- Farm Stay – 6 nights
- Showground/Rec Ground – 3 nights
- Low Cost/Donation – 3 nights
- Free Camp – 4 nights
- Friends/Family Backyard – 10 nights
Total Income $1862.51 (all sources)
Out total expenditure for the month was $3,876.69
- Fuel $697.55
- Car/Van Insurance $183.42 (on going)
- Maintenance $110.00
- Parking Ticket $80.00 (not paying attention to signs)
- Doctors/Surgery $382.82 (out of pocket expenses)
- Health Insurance $261.55 (on going)
- Chemist $58.37
- Groceries $606.30
- Laundry $21.00
- Alcohol $196.40 (includes drinks whilst out)
- Eating Out $330.09 (includes morning teas, dinners & takeaway)
- Accommodation $321.00
- Website/Business expenses $191.21
- Clothing $159.57
- Caravan Equipment/Accessories $106.04
- Mobile Phones $91.50 (on going)
- Gifts $64.87
- Tours/Entry Fees $15.00
We hope that by sharing our expense report each month, it might help you budget for your big lap.