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Central Australia – 2013 – Fuel Consumption

Before we purchased the Nissan Navara / Nova Caravan combination, we searched the internet to attempt to find out how much fuel a 2.5L, 4 cylinder Nissan Navara would use to tow the caravan.  We actually didn’t get an accurate answer, only estimates and guesses.  We have been keeping tabs on fuel consumption since . . . → Read More: Central Australia – 2013 – Fuel Consumption

Central Australia 2013 – Fuel Costs

We have paid the following prices for diesel fuel during this trip.  When possible, we have used vendors who provide a discount.

Shell now appears to be the provider for fuel at most of the roadhouses.

Date Location Brand Cost per Lit (gross) Discount Comment 27/06/13 Braddon ACT Shell 1.51.9 Yes Coles Express 28/06/13 . . . → Read More: Central Australia 2013 – Fuel Costs

Central Australia 2013 – Summary of Distances and Fuel Cost

 

Total distance travelled (k’s) 7962 Total distance towing (k’s) 6517 Total distance “sightseeing” (k’s) 1445 Longest Leg 696k’s (Cobar to Sydney) Shortest Leg 76k’s (Port Augusta to Whyalla) Fuel Used 1241.86 litres Cost of Fuel $2,115.21 Overall K’s per litre  6.411 Overall Litres per 100k’s 15.59734 Cheapest Fuel (without discount) $1.46 per litre . . . → Read More: Central Australia 2013 – Summary of Distances and Fuel Cost

3 August 2013 – Cobar to Sydney NSW

We had intended to travel from Cobar to Dubbo today and then decided we would go to Wellington instead.

Still with the benefit of a tail wind, we were on the road before 8:00am in perfect driving conditions.

We stopped at Nyngan at the local bakehouse where we spoke to one of the staff . . . → Read More: 3 August 2013 – Cobar to Sydney NSW

2 August 2013 – Broken Hill to Cobar NSW

Prior to going to bed yesterday, we set our alarm clock forward by 30 minutes to EST. Our alarm was set for 6:00am but our bodies knew that the time was really 5:30am.

We had a long drive planned for the day with a fuel stop at either Wilcannia or the roadhouse at Emmdale. . . . → Read More: 2 August 2013 – Broken Hill to Cobar NSW

1 August 2013 – Broken Hill NSW

We have been to Broken Hill on four previous occasions and there is really very little left for us to see. We had thought about taking a day trip to Menindee Lakes, however, people that we had spoken with earlier during our trip swayed our feeling about a visit at this time.

So, with . . . → Read More: 1 August 2013 – Broken Hill NSW

31 July 2013 – Peterborough SA to Broken Hill NSW

After leaving the Flinders Ranges, we started to realise that our adventure was slowing coming to an end and we were well and truly heading in the direction of home. But before we returned home, we still had a favourite to visit, Broken Hill.

We set the alarm early and were on our way . . . → Read More: 31 July 2013 – Peterborough SA to Broken Hill NSW

30 July 2013 – Rawnsley Park Station (Hawker) to Peterborough SA

If circumstances had allowed, we would have extended our stay at Rawnsley Park Station to allow us to visit some of the 4wd tracks and other gorges.  What it now means is that we need to return in the future.  We do plan to visit Adelaide sometime in the future and the Flinders Ranges . . . → Read More: 30 July 2013 – Rawnsley Park Station (Hawker) to Peterborough SA

29 July 2013 – Rawnsley Park Station (Hawker) SA

As we had planned to catch the 11:00am shuttle bus into Wilpenda Pound, we elected to spend a little longer in bed than normal.  Rather than a 6:00am rise when we are driving, our day started at 7:00am.

Our first stop on the way to Wilpena was to explore a gravel road that led . . . → Read More: 29 July 2013 – Rawnsley Park Station (Hawker) SA

28 July 2013 – Rawnsley Park Station (Hawker) SA

It was still blowing when we got up but very little cloud cover.

We were not entirely sure as to where we would go today but one place on the agenda was the copper mine at Blinman which is about 80k’s north of Rawnsley.  The last time we were here we were told that . . . → Read More: 28 July 2013 – Rawnsley Park Station (Hawker) SA

27 July 2013 – Woomera to Rawnsley Park Station (Hawker) SA

We have been “missing in action” for the past couple of days, well actually no, we have been missing our internet connection instead but that is another story.

We were up before sunrise with plans to leave close to 8:00am.  Today started perfectly with the departure setup flowing perfectly, however, “He” managed to stretch . . . → Read More: 27 July 2013 – Woomera to Rawnsley Park Station (Hawker) SA

26 July 2013 – Coober Pedy to Woomera SA

“Eureka”, why, see below?

We set the alarm for 6:00am and we got up a couple of minutes later.

All went very well with our preparation for departure and we left the caravan park just before 8:00am.  Our trip distance today was 376k’s and we expected to complete the journey in about 4 hours.

. . . → Read More: 26 July 2013 – Coober Pedy to Woomera SA

25 July 2013 – Coober Pedy SA

We seem to be following the news.  Firstly we were in Canberra the day that Kevin Rudd deposed Julia Gillard for the leadership of the Labour Party and now we are in Coober Pedy the day after a major fire destroyed six shops for an estimated damage bill of $1 million and now less . . . → Read More: 25 July 2013 – Coober Pedy SA

24 July 2013 – Marla to Coober Pedy SA

We stayed hitched last night and all we had to do to depart today was to stow our grey water hose, coil up our power cord, set the sway bars, retract the stabilisers and then leave.  If only it was like that all of the time.

We had our alarm set for 6:00am but . . . → Read More: 24 July 2013 – Marla to Coober Pedy SA

23 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT to Marla SA

We were up just after 6:00am with intentions of departing just before 8:00am.

We figured that the temperature must be close to zero as the car’s front windscreen was covered with ice and the windscreen washing fluid was frozen.  Yes, it was cold.

We were actually ready to leave by 7:45am but it took . . . → Read More: 23 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT to Marla SA

22 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT

We actually had a cold night with the temperature heading down to low single numbers.  Nevertheless, we had a comfortable night under our doona.

Unfortunately today was the last day we would be spending with our friends who were booked on the 1:30pm QANTAS flight back to Sydney.

So, with our friends packed and . . . → Read More: 22 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT

21 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT

We timed our visit to Alice Springs to allow us to visit the Sunday markets in Todd Mall.

We arrived in the centre of Alice Springs as the markets were getting underway and managed to park less than 100 metres from the Mall.  We were surprised as to how few people were around but . . . → Read More: 21 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT

20 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT

We have been trying to find the Sturt’s Desert Pea.  Whilst the plant is an annual, there are clusters of the plants already flowering around Alice Springs.  One such cluster is in the middle of the road at an intersection on the Stuart Highway just below ANZAC Hill.  Needless to say there are no . . . → Read More: 20 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT

19 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT

So far the weather has been remarkable with warms days and mild nights.  We have hardly seen a cloud in the sky since arriving in Alice Springs.

Today we left the caravan park around 9:45am and headed west on Larapinta Drive towards Simpsons Gap.  First stop was at the memorial for John Flynn who . . . → Read More: 19 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT

18 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT

We decide to minimise driving today following the long drive yesterday.

First stop was the Alice Springs Visitors Information Centre (this has moved into Todd Mall from the previous location near Gregory Terrace).

Next we looked at several of the art galleries and souvenir shops before heading to the “Red Dog” café for a . . . → Read More: 18 July 2013 – Alice Springs NT

17 July 2013 – Yulara to Alice Springs NT

We were up well before sunrise to prepare for our 446k drive to Alice Springs. Prior to sunrise, the colours in the clouds from the sun below the horizon had to be seen.  We took photographs that to document the spectacle.

We left the resort at 8:15am in very still conditions.  Our fuel consumption . . . → Read More: 17 July 2013 – Yulara to Alice Springs NT

16 July 2013 – Yulara NT

Sunrise was just after a late 7:15am and we watched from the viewing area at the resort.

Later we met our friends at their hotel and headed in convoy to Kata Tjunta (The Olgas) which are about 52k’s by road from the Ayers Rock Resort.

When we purchased our three day pass for the . . . → Read More: 16 July 2013 – Yulara NT

15 July 2013 – Yulara NT

We were up at sunrise but decided not to go to the viewing area at the campground as it does not do justice to the colour changes on Uluru.  Instead we took our time to get ready to meet our friends at 9:30am for our first full day at Yulara.

At 9:30am we all . . . → Read More: 15 July 2013 – Yulara NT

14 July 2013 – Erldunda to Yulara NT

In the Northern Territory, sunrise does not occur until well after 7:00am.

We were up at 6:00am in pitch black getting ready for a departure just before 8:00am.  Getting ready today was fairly easy as we had left the caravan hitched to the car so it was only a matter of stowing water hoses, . . . → Read More: 14 July 2013 – Erldunda to Yulara NT

13 July 2013 – Erldunda NT

Today was almost a lazy day.

With no pressure on us to travel, we did not set the alarm clock and arose from bed just after 7:15am.

We had our first load of washing in our machine before breakfast and by lunchtime, three loads had been washed and dried.

During the morning we cleaned . . . → Read More: 13 July 2013 – Erldunda NT

12 July 2013 – Coober Pedy to Erldunda SA

Our intention today was to drive the 230k’s to Marla and stay overnight in the caravan park adjacent to the roadhouse.

We left Coober Pedy in fine weather but unfortunately the wind was quite strong and blowing from the north east.  Needless to say, we had another head wind.

We arrived at Marla at . . . → Read More: 12 July 2013 – Coober Pedy to Erldunda SA

11 July 2013 – Coober Pedy SA

We awoke to an overcast morning with rain threatening from the north west.

Today we had a lesson in the reason for the need to use checklists.  Due to miscommunication, we did not switch our refrigerator from battery (via the car when travelling) to either power or gas when we arrived yesterday.  “He” noticed . . . → Read More: 11 July 2013 – Coober Pedy SA

10 July 2013 – Woomera to Coober Pedy SA

Once again we were up before sunrise to ensure that we were on the road by 8:00am for our 376k drive to Coober Pedy.

Today was one of those days where we would stretch the limits of our fuel consumption with only one opportunity to refuel during the trip.

When we left Woomera it . . . → Read More: 10 July 2013 – Woomera to Coober Pedy SA

9 July 2013 – Whyalla to Woomera SA

We were up before sunrise to ensure we were on our way before 8:00am.  When the sun rose, the day was overcast and fairly cold with the temperature around the 5 degree mark.

We had expected a little rain in the morning but that did not eventuate.

We had to wait a couple of . . . → Read More: 9 July 2013 – Whyalla to Woomera SA

8 July 2013 – Whyalla SA

According to our original plans, we should be at Roxby Downs today and preparing for a ground tour of the Olympic Dam mine site.  As previously documented, that adventure was cancelled by BHP.

Yesterday, instead of heading north up the Stuart Highway, we headed west, firstly on the Eyre Highway and then the . . . → Read More: 8 July 2013 – Whyalla SA