Recently I drove around Australia in 12.5 days, going through all mainland capital cities. It was simply a fantastic experience and I am more in love with our great nation now than when I was as I started out. I blogged each day and those blogs are available on this site. However I wanted to give a summary blog with statistics etc. So here it is.
Distance: 13,129 kms
Actual travel time– when the car was moving: 118 hours and 42 minutes
Average Speed for the entire trip: 111 kms/hour
Average Distance covered each day: 1051kms
Max speed: This figure is subject to a non disclosure clause
Biggest Day: – Last Day – Bordertown to Nowra. 1322.9kms
Shortest Day: – Day Four – Cloncurry to Three Ways Roadhouse.
Day Breakdown: Nowra to Urunga. Urunga to Rockhampton. Rockhampton to Cloncurry. Cloncurry to Three Ways Roadhouse. Three Ways to Darwin. Darwin to Kununurra. Kununurra to Broome. Broome to Karratha. Karratha to Geraldton. Geraldton to Norsman. Norsman to Ceduna. Ceduna to Bordertown. Bordertown to Nowra.
Ipad Travel App used: SpeedTracker. Cost is $8.85
Rating for the App: 9.5/10
Fuel used: 1313 litres
Average Fuel Consumption: 10l/100kms
Average cost for fuel over the entire trip: $1.79
Half Way Point: Halls Creek in WA
Known Fatalities: 7 lizards and 6 birds.
Most Expensive Coke: $5.50 at Eucla
Most Expensive Fuel: $2.10 at Camooweal
Camera: Canon 600D with three different lens included my new Canon Lens 100-400 mm.
Photos Taken: 1887
Where would I like to go back and spend more time: Anywhere between Darwin and Broome.
Nicest Motel: All Seasons at Kununurra
Worst Motel: Three Ways Roadhouse just north of Tennant Creek.
Where wouldn’t I stay again: Karratha Tavern. The accommodation itself was ok. I went into the Tavern for Dinner and was kind of shocked to see the waitresses in Knickers and Bras only. This was not a strip joint, this was purely a pub.
Friendliest Motel Operator: Norsman Golden Chain Motel
Biggest time without phone signal: Between Norsman and Ceduna
Number of Speeding fines: One
Town I simply didn’t like: Tennant Creek. Very sad atmosphere. Boarded up. Looked like it was preparing for a riot. I didn’t like Port Hedland. Has a weird feel about it.
Puzzled by: The lack of wildlife I saw. I only saw 4 kangaroos and 2 lots of emus the entire trip. No Camels, no snakes. I was surprised by the lack of wildlife.
Scariest Moment: Apart from when I nearly fell over a cliff taking a photo, was when I was laying down on a wharf at Karratha to take a photo and I thought my car key had fallen out of my shorts pocket and through the wharf into the ocean. I was taking this photo.
Most Solemn moment: Walking up a WWII airstrip near Darwin with the Australia flag in hand, thinking of the activities of times passed at the airstrip
Advice: When you are driving along and you see something that catches your eye and you think – that would make a good photo – turn around and go back and take the photo. Like for example this:
Key thing I learnt: WA is so much more than Perth. Loved northern WA.
Funny Sight: All the road side displays that people have erected. Australians have a great sense of humour and that is shown by their road side displays. For example:
Was it too quick to see anything?: I have had a few people say – well you aint going to see much doing the trip this quick. I guess my answer is: I saw more of Australia than if I hadn’t of done it and 1887 photos says that I saw plenty of it and had a blast doing it. I saw plenty and loved it.
Creative Idea: I took creative photos of the flag as I travelled around. This was a fun thing to do. Here is link to my blog with the flag photos But here is one example:
Wow Moment: Seeing three large simultaneous Willy Willys going across the desert just south of Port Hedland.
Another Wow Moment: Seeing the cliffs at the Great Australian Bight as I crossed the Nullarbor.
Would I do the trip again: Absolutely.
Do you have any questions, if so put them in the reply section of the blog and I will answer them.