Wednesday, February 14, 2007

How to get from Brisbane to Melbourne in 14 Days

After talking to a few people about the trip and the costs I thought I'd break it down and give an overview to what you'd expect to pay for this type of adventure.

It's broken up into 4 different types of expenses. Ambiance, Surfing, Accommodation and Driving. You should note that this has not covered Alcohol or Food, but most places $2-$4 scooners of beer and $10-$25 Scotch Fillet Steaks. Also, the ambiance is the things that you wouldn't need to do, but was part of the trip. For instance Polaroid film, going to a music festival, buying a jimi hendrix CD because I had a jimi hendrix van etc etc.

I didn't have to pay accommodation while at the festival though, and I also parked the car and slept in a few car parks, but then that's all part of the whole experience.

You should also make note that the Wicked Van hire will change depending on the time of year. I traveled during the shoulder and peak seasons, but it's much cheaper in the off season.

Finally, you can hire surfboards for between $10-$20 a day, I may have gone a bit overboard in that department ;)


What: Virgin Blue Flight Darwin to Brisbane
Where: Darwin
Cost: $191.00
Why: Flights
Date: 05/12/2006

What: Wicked Camper Van 14 days hire 9 @ $85.00 5 @ $70.00 1 Way $100.00
Where: Brisbane
Cost: $1355.00
Why: Driving
Date: 9/12/2006 10:00

What: 35.79L @ 1.139/L
Where: Riverside Quay Springwood
Cost: $40.76
Why: Driving
Date: 9/12/2006 12:00

What: Rip Curl Coffin Bag
Where: Burleigh Heads
Cost: $279.95
Why: Surfing
Date: 09/12/2006

What: Rip Curl Wetsuit
Where: Burleigh Heads
Cost: $249.95
Why: Surfing
Date: 09/12/2006

What: FCS Surf Wax
Where: Burleigh Heads
Cost: $3.95
Why: Surfing
Date: 09/12/2006

What: 2 x 10 Polaroid Film
Where: Byron Bay Photo
Cost: $54.95
Why: Ambiance
Date: 12/12/2006

What: 35.92L @ 1.159/L
Where: Lennox Head
Cost: $43.63
Why: Driving
Date: 11/12/2006

What: 34.04L @ 1.259/L
Where: Kempsy
Cost: $42.86
Why: Driving
Date: 12/12/2006

What: Calypso Holiday Park Powered Camp Site
Where: Yamba
Cost: $24.00
Why: Accommodation
Date: 12/12/2006

What: 4 Outlet Powerboard
Where: Yamba
Cost: $4.95
Why: Ambiance
Date: 13/12/2006

What: Jimi Hendrix CD
Where: Yamba
Cost: $30.00
Why: Ambiance
Date: 13/12/2006

What: Sawtel Beach Caravan Park Powered Site
Where: Sawtel
Cost: $26.00
Why: Accommodation
Date: 13/12/2006 17:49

What: Cresent Head Holiday Park Powered Site
Where: Cresent Head
Cost: $27.00
Why: Accommodation
Date: 14/12/2006 15:36

What: 7S Fish Surfboard
Where: Macksville
Cost: $599.00
Why: Surfing
Date: 15/12/2006

What: Tickets, Shirt, Stubbie Cooler
Where: Festival of the Sun
Cost: $95.00, $20.00, $10.00
Why: Ambiance
Date: 15/12/2006 - 16/12/2006

What: unknownL @ Unknown/L
Where: O'Sullivans Retreat
Cost: $45.76
Why: Driving
Date: 17/12/2006 11:08

What: Australian Flag, Aussie Tatoo's
Where: Randwick
Cost: $7.00, $1.00
Why: Ambiance
Date: 18/12/2006

What: 31.79L @ 1.147/L
Where: Waterloo
Cost: $36.46
Why: Driving
Date: 19/12/2006 09:59

What: Sony DV Tapes pack of 5
Where: Nowra
Cost: $34.95
Why: Ambiance
Date: 19/12/2006

What: 32.23L @ 1.259/L
Where: Batehaven
Cost: $40.58
Why: Driving
Date: 19/12/2006 15:16

What: Tathra Beach Tourist Park Powered Site
Where: Tathra
Cost: $25.00
Why: Accommodation
Date: 19/12/2006 17:47

What: Blue Tac, Thermometer
Where: Eden Mitre 10
Cost: $5.20, $9.90
Why: Ambiance
Date: 20/12/2006 09:44

What: 27.94L @ 1.289/L
Where: Eden
Cost: $36.01
Why: Driving
Date: 20/12/2006 10:00

What: 30.56L @ 1.185/L
Where: Bairsdale
Cost: $36.22
Why: Driving
Date: 20/12/2006 14:35

What: 23.58L @ 1.249/L
Where: Foster
Cost: $29.45
Why: Driving
Date: 20/12/2006 17:22

What: Phillip Island Caravan Park Powered Site
Where: Phillip Island
Cost: $26.00
Why: Accommodation
Date: 22/12/2006

What: 20.16L @ 1.249/L
Where: Grantvilled Bass Hwy
Cost: $36.22
Why: Driving
Date: 23/12/2006 10:02

What: Virgin Blue Flight Melbourne to Darwin
Where: Melbourne
Cost: $221.00
Why: Flights
Date: 09/01/2007

So when reviewing the break up it comes to

Flights: $412.00
Driving: $1742.95
Accommodation: $128.00
Ambiance: $272.95
Surfing: $1132.85

Total: $3688.75

Was it worth it? It was worth twice that much!

1 comment:

Diana said...

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