Topend Tour – A Split Down the Middle in 2021 – This Travel Life


In 2021 we launched into an bold caravan journey from Darwin within the far central north of Australia to the Nice Australian Bight within the south. We name it an bold journey as a result of we had tried the identical factor a yr earlier which needed to be aborted, and nonetheless comparable circumstances remained as there was at all times the danger of COVID catching up with us and wreaking havoc on our plans.

Here’s a map of our journey, because it was deliberate and mainly the way it was accomplished (we solely missed the final couple of locations). Rob left Melbourne on Could twenty eighth, and arrived in Darwin on June 4th, as the remainder of the household flew into city. Fifty days later, we arrived again in Perth, July twenty second.

top end tour map
our route from Perth to Perth

As anticipated, the pandemic was at all times looming over us, although fortunately our plans weren’t vastly affected. As we left Darwin, that city went right into a lockdown, as did Alice Spring which we have been heading to. We needed to keep an additional night time on the Satan’s Marbles whereas ready for his or her lockdown to finish. All of the whereas we have been getting nearer to South Australia, ready for the restrictions to vary in order that we may freely journey throughout the border (which it did simply in time). Nevertheless, after just a few days in Coober Pedy, there have been instances in South Australia, which prompted us to move to Western Australia as quick as we may. We made it over the border, simply earlier than restrictions have been introduced that may have meant we would have liked to isolate for 2 weeks at house. It was a rush house, we missed a few spots in SA, however we have been pleased to be again house, again to work, the children again to highschool, having had a splendidly rewarding expertise in Australia’s topend and outback.


Kakadu Lookout
Nourlangie Lookout

The 22 Locations we stayed

We principally stayed in our Jayco van at campgrounds, powered and unpowered, free and paid, besides in Darwin at a buddy’s home, on a houseboat on Corroboree Billabong, and in an underground home in Coober Pedy.

  1. Casuarina, Darwin, in a home with mates
  2. Florence Falls Campground, Litchfield NP
  3. Home boat on Corroboree Billabong
  4. Kakadu Lodge Campground, Jabiru, Kakadu NP
  5. Mardugal 1 Campground, Kakadu NP
  6. Edith Falls Campground
  7. Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) Campground
  8. Little Roper Inventory Camp, Mataranka
  9. Daly Waters Pub
  10. Banka Banka Station
  11. Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve
  12. Temple Bar Caravan Park, Alice Springs
  13. Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges
  14. Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve
  15. Kings Creek Station, Kings Canyon
  16. Ayers Rock Campground, Yulara
  17. Marla Traveller’s Relaxation
  18. Di’s Dugout, Coober Pedy
  19. Woomera Traveller’s Village & Caravan Park
  20. Nullabor Roadhouse
  21. Baxters Relaxation Space freecamp
  22. Boondi Rock Campground
Boondi Rock Camping
Our closing night time at a Nationwide Park free camp

Journey Particulars

Of the 49 travelling days from Darwin to Perth, we have been on the highway for 23 of nowadays. We travelled a complete of 9002km, that’s on common 184km per day, and 391km per travelling day. We spent a complete of $1788 on gas, which is $36 per day or $255 per week.

We spent a complete of $2667 on lodging, which is $54 per day or $381 per week. Though we frequently paid between $30-50 an evening for a caravan park web site, there have been occasions we stayed at a free camp or with mates, and different occasions on an costly houseboat or lodge underground.

We spent a complete of $3522 on meals, which works out to be $72 per day or $503 per week.

Bearing in mind gas, lodging and meals, that’s $1139 every week. There have been different bills too, comparable to entries, excursions, presents, souvenirs, repairs. We additionally had the price of the drive from Perth to Darwin, and flights for 4 individuals from Perth to Darwin.

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