After buying my car (Mazda Tribute), I decided to go see the Raymond Island Koalas and apply in the area. Eventually I came across a job starting two weeks later north of the Grampians. So I went on a two-week road trip in Victoria.
For each part find the link to my post with more info and more photos of my Victoria ‘s road trip!
5 days east of Melbourne
These first days were under the sign of the Wildlife of Victoria and my dream: the koalas <3.
The GOR (Great Ocean Road)
Day 7 : From torquay to Aireys Inlet
Day 8 : To Apollo bay
Day 9 : To Port campbell
Day 10 : To Port fairy
Day 11 : Hamilton (wheel) then aboriginal art west of the park
Day 12 : Mount abrupt
Day 13 : Lookout, Grand Canyon and art at the north
Day 14 : drive to my place of work!
North of the Great Ocean Road is a National Park offering mountaineering, hiking, aboriginal art and great views! It’s the Grampians!
The road trip in Australia!
The choice of vehicle!
While in New Zealand, the van remains the indispensable asset for a Road Trip, in Australia it’s quite different. Finally everything depends on where you go! The east coast is quite accessible with a van but for the rest a 4WD is better. Then you will have two sleeping options: rooftent or bed inside. My budget was quite limited I opted for an SUV (Mazda Tribute) that allows to consume less (10L / 100 instead of 14 for a “real” 4WD). Always budget question I did not buy any furnishings with. I had an independent tent and on this model you can easily sleep in the passenger seat which lies completely. A little mattress and it became my main bed! Indeed being alone I felt more comfortable locked in my car, the tent being reserved only when it was really too hot.
Just like in New Zealand I took Campermate and Wikicamps (more complete but paying in Australia). Only small problem: download info from all over Australia to use offline: cry:. For fuel you can use Gaspy and Fuelmap, this allows to compare for updates (not always recent in the bush). As usual I note on Google map the spots that interest me: visits, showers, camp, etc..
Cooking in Road trip
I bought a small gas cooker at Kmart ($ 20) refillable with mini refills. Easier to handle when you do not have a real kitchen installed. If in New Zealand I could buy fresh produce by eating it within 2-3 days, in Australia, impossible! In any case in the summer in the Victoria :). What is essential is a big water bottle!
Hygiene in Road Trip
The top in Australia is that it’s easy to find free hot showers! (And if you are brave you will also find a lot of cold showers by the beach). In the Victoria I had no trouble finding camps with toilets (it was not the case everywhere in Australia). I paid only once to sleep it was on the Great Ocean Road but it was partly a choice not to go too far that night.
For this trip, for lack of budget, I did not have an inverter yet. So I just had the cigarette lighter (a little weak to load well with the GPS). So I made a lot of stops in libraries to charge phone, computer, etc..
I always had the free service (brand for french people only) that works very well in this part of Victoria. Otherwise the best network is Telstra (my Australian chip).
For two weeks of trip and 2300km traveled I spent a total of $ 594.87. That’s about $ 42 / day. But be careful, few kilometers traveled compared to what can be done in Australia. And with some meals bought “ready to eat”. Here is the detail :
Fuel : $308,49
Food : $239,88
Accomodation : $10 (camp)
Other : $36,5 (shower, wheel repare, laundry)