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Hey all,

Well after doing some more serious consideration about our originally planned trip to Broome over the Xmas period, we've decided to be a little bit less ambitious and head for Coral Bay, Monkey Mia and Kalbarri over a 2 week period.

Since we're doing not even half the amount of KMS originally planned to Broome and only staying in 3 main places, i'm a little less concerned about what to take and more interested in things to see and do.

I'd love to get out and do as much 4x4'ing as possible and keen to see as many things/sites/places including places that are 4x4 only.

I'd love to get any recommendations/tips/advice from everyone on places to see, things to do and great 4x4'ing to do/see whilst up there.

*please keep in mind with the 4x4 stuff that we only have the one car, some recovery gear and that my Troll is pretty stock at the moment*

The same details from the last thread about the original plan for broome will be posted below as well.

I'd like to take the time to thank everyone who gave me advice/tips etc in the last post

The floor is now open :)


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Trip Details: Coral Bay, Monkey Mia, Kalbarri

Christmas Holiday

Holiday duration: 2 weeks
Departure date: 26th December
Perth return date: 9th January
Total KMS driving below: 2715kms
Extra KMS driving around: 1200Kms
Total Guestimated KMS 3915Kms


Allowing approx 1000kms (Both main and sub tank)

Assuming average of $1.30 per litre costing – will be cheaper in Perth and may be cheaper up there (Doubtful)

Total fill ups: 4
Total Litres: 480
Fuel Cost $624

*Note* Total fill up's does not take into account leaving with a full tank (main and sub)


Nights staying: 14
Guesstimate Cost:
- Coral Bay 6nights @ 36 p/n $216
- Monkey Mia 5nights @ 35 p/n $175
- Kalbarri 2nights @ 30 p/n $90

Total Accommodation cost: $481


Total meals @ 3 meals per day: 45 per person
Guess cost @ $10 per meal: $450 per person

^^^ Doesnt seem right? That would mean we would be spending over $800 on food!?!

Details of ‘The way there’

Perth -> Coral Bay

Perth to Geraldton

Departure: 26th Dec @ 04:00
Arrival: 10:00 (approx)
Distance: 433kms
Time 5H 30min


Stop for morning snack / lunch

Geraldton to Coral Bay

Departure 26th Dec @ 10:30
Arrival: 18:00 (approx)
Distance: 706Km
Time 8H 2min


Peoples Park Caravan Village
Stay - 6 nights
Check in: Sunday 26th Dec
Check out: Saturday 1st Jan
Cost: $36 p/n Powered Site


Coral Bay - > Monkey Mia

Departure: Sat 1st Jan
Arrival: Sat 1st Jan
Distance: 580kms
Travel Time: 7H 42min


Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Stay – 5 nights
Check in: Saturday 1st Jan
Check out: Thursday 6th January
Cost: $35 p/n Powered Site / $28 p/n Unpowered Site


Monkey Mia -> Kalbarri

Departure: Thursday 6th Jan
Arrival: Thursday 6th Jan
Distance: 399Kms
Travel Time: 5H 11Mins


Kalbarri Anchorage Caravan Park
Stay - 3 nights
Check in – Thursday 6th Jan
Check out – Sunday 9th Jan
Cost - $30 p/n Powered Site / $28 p/n Unpowered Site


Kalbarri -> Perth

Departure: Sunday 9th Jan
Arrival: Sunday 9th Jan
Distance: 594Kms
Travel Time: 6H 45Mins

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List of gear we have / still to buy

List of gear that we have / still to buy.

This will be for a rough list of things that we have. Major things, not things like how many knifes and folks we have ect lol

What we have camping wise:

1 x Black wolf turbo 300 tent
1 x 3x3 Spinifex Deluxe Gazebo
1 x Fold up table
1 x Self inflating queen mattress
1 x Portable gas stove w/ small gas (4kg?) bottle + Lantern attachment (and spare wicks)
1 x Coleman lantern + Many torches
2 x Fold up chairs
1 x 60l esky - may not take due to engel fridge to be purchased
1 X Engel 40l Fridge/Freezer (MT45)

Other camping:

knives / folks / plates / cups / chopping board / bbq mate + tongs
Sheets / pillows / quilt
Anti mozzi / fly spray + burning sticks

What we have recovery / 4x4 wise:

1 x Max trax (pair)
1 x set of staun tyre deflaters
3 x shovels (1 short handle, 1 fold up, 1 long handle)
1 x air compressor
Recovery straps: Bridal strap / snatch strap / shackels for them
Few ropes & tow rope
heaps of spare fueses + electrical & gaffa tape etc + soldering iron/solder + full toolbox
3 x handheld UHF radio's
Jumper cables

Still to buy - Definate purchases:

1 x full length roof racks
1 x engel fridge - Purchased 13/11/2010

Still to buy - If $$ allow before the trip:

1 x GME TX3340 UHF
1 x Dual battery setup
1 x Scanguage
1 x High lift jack(?) + Jack/Shovel mounts for the roof racks

Recommended spares to take:

(Please suggest)

Spare tyre
Spare hoses
Tyre repair kit
Patrol to be serviced prior to leaving
Fan Belt
Hose clips
Jerry can for water

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RE: Advice posts above

Wow, once again I am amazed at the amount of responses and the quality of the information within them!

Thanks heaps for the replies above guys!

We bought some more gear for the trip on the weekend. The 4wd and adventure show was in Perth and we got:

1 x 40l Engel Fridge (MT45)
1 x 8l Mini engel (portable one)
1 x Transit bag (insulation) for the MT45
1 x Engel Stand
1 x Engel wired thermometer

Plus the following little goodies:

Engel Pen
Engel Knife
Engel glasses
Engel hats
Engel stubbie holders

for $1150 - We had to pay for the engel glasses lol

Also picked up the engel mount-lok for $75

Not bad for a weekend :D

@ The Evil Twin

Thank you heaps for the massive amount of information on the places we are planing to go. I'll sit down with the mrs's later on and have a look at the places and recomendations you have suggested. I know a few of them are already on the list. We're also looking at spending a day or two less in a few places in order to see a few more spots. But i'll update our route list when we know


Thanks dude for the info. The fuel averages and pricing + the average consumption is going to be a massive bonus of info in planning how much $$ we are going to need to have aside for fuel etc.

I'll be keeping a list of how much we spend on fuel + the fuel price and work out the average usage and post it up here when i get back as well. Its good to see that you got quite a good average fuel usage with roof racks and a loaded up patrol. I'm hoping that I can archive the same as well!

@Gu Rich

Thanks mate, i'll add these to the list to see/do as well :)


Thanks mate, Steep point is def on our to see list. We'll be adding things to our list from the recommendations below :D
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