!! Updated to include costs !!
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This year we are road tripping through QLD/NSW country.
We are travelling down to see family outside of family Wollongong for Christmas Day,

And to avoid the coastal crowds, where accommodation costs would be prohibitive,
we have elected to travel down the New England Hwy and come back up the Newell Hwy.

Our itinerary is as follows

20th December – Dicky Beach to Warwick  (via Toowoomba for Lunch)
21st December – Warwick to Tamworth
22nd December –  Tamworth to Pokolbin(Hunter Valley) for 2 nights
24th December – Pokolbin to Wollongong for 2 nights
26th December – Wollongong to Canberra for 2 nights
28th December – Canberra to Cowra
29th December – Cowra to Leura (Blue Mountains) for 2 nights
31st December – Leura to Mudgee
1st January – Mudgee to Dubbo for 2 nights
3rd January – Dubbo to Moree
4th January – Moree to Toowoomba
5th January – Toowoomba to Brisbane (Southbank)  for 7 nights
12th January – Brisbane – Dicky Beach

We have organised the car with our Engel fridge and packed pantry and food from our fridge at home.  We have booked AirBnB and self-contained accommodation everywhere, so we will be self catering for most meals.

We do have the “Entertainment Book” which we will use vouchers for meals for Lunches at nice restaurants we want to try.  This means we will have light evening meals at our accommodation.

The first couple of days are covering ground we have seen a few times before, so one night stops are in order to be able to be in Wollongong by Christmas Day to see family.  Our first 2 night stay is Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley.  I have chosen a hotel/resort in the centre of the action and hope to do a bit of wine tasting and eat some good food.

Update… We have been away a while now so my costs sheet has some meaningful data. I am very happy with our budget thus far.
We did not bring a lot of food from home as we don’t have a lot of room in the car.
We have a 40L Engel Fridge, another little 10L fridge and we have pantry items in two standard zip-up supermarket “cooler” bags.
Staying at AirBnB accommodation should mean we will be provided with some breakfast provisions as well which keeps the food costs down. When we do eat out, I want to try and choose restaurants that we have Entertainment book vouchers.
We are EXTREMELY happy with how economical the car is. We had been told the mileage was good, but we have not really looked into it in detail.
The following spreadsheet will update automatically as I add to it, so please check back often 🙂


Day 1 Friday Dec 20 Dicky Beach – Warwick

Holidays!! After a busy year, were both ready for this break. We packed our bags the night before (the Engel ...

Day 2: Saturday Dec 21 – Warwick to Tamworth.

Today was one of our longer drives at approximately 420kms so we had an early breakfast, packed up the car ...

Day 3: Sunday Dec 22 – Tamworth to Pokolbin

I wanted to get fairly early start this morning so we could maximise our time in the Hunter Valley. We ...

Day 4: Monday Dec 23rd Pokolbin

We got up this morning to hear the quacking of ducks at our front door 🙂 A couple of crusts ...

Day 5: Tuesday Dec 24th – Pokolbin to Wollongong

Today was just a travel day. As mentioned, I had thought that today would be a bit of a horror ...

Day 6: Dec 25th : Wollongong

Merry Christmas. Today is Christmas Day with family. Our "big" little boy is 3 and is SOOO excited that Santa ...

Day 7: Dec 26th Wollongong to Canberra.

After a busy Christmas Day, we had an early night and a good sleep in. We packed up, had breakfast ...

Day 8: Dec 27th Canberra.

We spent some time last night organising a loose itinerary for today. Originally we thought we may use public transport ...

Day 9: Dec 28th Canberra – Cowra. and King’s Plains

Today's travel takes us to Cowra and on to our AirBnB in a little town, King's Plains, approximately 50 minutes ...

Day 10: Dec 29th Kings Plains to the Blue Mountains

We had a really good stay at our last night’s stay. Even though I had booked this thinking it was ...

Day 11: Dec 30th Blue Mountains

Today we travelled around on the Hop-on-Hop-off bus. It was another very hot day, with temperatures of 37 degrees forecast, ...

Day 12: Dec 31st Blue Mountains to Kandos

We awoke to a rare phenomenon for this trip…BLUE SKY… We could only hope that the firies were getting some ...

Day 13: Jan 1st Kandos to Dubbo

We had a relaxing night watching TV and I wrote my blog post. I also Googled a bit about the ...

Day 14: Jan 2nd Dubbo

We awoke in our Zoofari Tent after a very comfortable nights sleep. Although yesterday was so hot, we went to ...

Day 15: Jan 3rd Dubbo to Moree

This drive was one of our longer days at around 340kms, but we were not in any hurry. The plan ...

Day 16: Jan 4th Moree to Toowoomba.

This drive would be another long-ish one at 350kms. We know by looking at the map, there is not a ...

Day 17: Jan 5th Toowoomba to Brisbane.

This was the last day of our "RoadTrip" The next week we have booked a room at Mantra. This will ...

Final Wrap Up of the Road Trip

For the next week, we are staying at the Mantra as previously mentioned. So I will split the holiday up ...