As we have very short budget. Try to work out if it worth to take the caravan or leave it home . We arent sure at the moment as we leaving this tuesday early morning . Hope to get help to give us an idea .
We assume at least two drivers.
We recommend that no driver be at the wheel for more than 500km (absolute max with breaks every two hours) a day.
We assume one of the popular bigger petrol towing vehicles.
It will cost about 14.2c a kilometre to run a 6 (4litre) or 8 (4 litres and above) cylinder petrol vehicle towing.
If you hit headwinds or push hard you can double the cost per kilometre.
So on average it will cost, at current prices, about $110 to cover 700km.
You will drive (fastest route) about 1669km with about 20.5hrs behind the wheel.
Fuel budget is about $270 - $300 for bigger tow vehicles.
Barbecue area Bowentown Family Holiday Park
As this is about tight budget we suggest you cook for yourselves buying or pre-preparing food and drinks from (Australian) supermarkets.
Use the fuel save receipt to cut your fuel costs by 4c a litre.
A standard cabin at Westview Caravan Park, West Dubbo (946km from Brisbane) for one night $40 to $50.
Take sleeping bags and pillows.
These numbers are based on GoSee experiences which can be picked up in our info Articles.
Knock towing, LPG or Cairns into the Multi-search box at the top right of the GoSee home page
The actual cost will rise or fall depending on driver habits, vehicle type, tuning and condition, tyre pressures, use of cruise control, head winds, hilly country, the weight of the camper, load in the tow vehicle and roof racks and open sunroof or windows.
Via Dubbo is the popular route. Again we have assumed you will go that way.
Or - on the subject of caravan park site availability (or lack of) in peak periods.
Comments: Each year the problem increases, and that is the number of parks, mainly in Qld that do not have vacancies during the June-Aug period.
Last year I visited a park in Qld and enjoyed it very much. I asked to make a booking for a longer period during the following winter (2008) but was told that until the 'regulars' had confirmed their sites - about February of the next year - that I would have to go on a wait list.
Bowentown Family Holiday Park has room for BIG rigs
I can appreciate that park owners want to look after their regular guests, but how does one even get an opportunity to become one?
What's more is that if I have to wait until February to know, then I have no chance to get a site anywhere else giving the scarcity of popular venues.
The spontanaeity of just taking off and driving somewhere, finding a spot and getting a site seem to have disappeared.
Is this just an isolated complaint or do others face the same situation? What is the answer?
In GoSee's daily experience as constant travellers and Moderators on internet Forums this unfortunately is not an isolated peak period situation in caravan parks in popular areas.
Editor's Note: We include a run of related images from typical New Zealand Holiday Parks of a good standard with all basic requirements -
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Laundry at the ready Redwood Family Holiday Park Rotorua
Real space on camp sites Miranda Holiday Park
Gleaming Camp Kitchen Miranda Holiday Park
Room to move Miranda Family Holiday Park