Heavy Fuel- Dire Straits

Today was a bit of a long haul. We had thought of stopping between Kununnurra and Katherine but in the end nothing really appealed. The road winds through some nice escarpments as you leave WA but then becomes quite flat.
So we thought we would post some statistics of our trip so far. Some are big, none are scary, and some we don't believe either.

Total distance to Katherine: 11,994 km.
Total fuel used: 1816.17 liters
Average litres per 100 km: 14.72
Average cost of fuel (premium 95/98): $1.74
Average distance per tank: 1222.9 km
Average distance per day: 247km
Cost of fuel so far: $3171.94
Most expensive fuel so far $2.03 per litre (Nullabor)
Cheapest fuel : $1.47 per litre (Perth$)

Prados seen so far: gazillions, by far the most seen vehicle out and about
Most popular caravan towing vehicle: 200 series land cruiser
Most popular caravan: Jayco Sterling
Most horrible water: Geraldton, truly disgusting
Destroyed pluggers: none, yet. One is showing signs of going. Backups have been acquired.
Hottest day temp: 33 deg. Mt Hart Station
Jaks favourite spot so far: Lake Jasper.
Bryce's favourite spot so far: Gibb River Road. Dusty, corrugated, tyre wrecking, windscreen chipping, hot and expensive but still so worth it.


We run a dual battery system to keep things charged. Its a Pirahana DB180S unit.

We have just fitted an Optima Red Top as the main starting battery as the original battery is now 7 years old.

An AGM battery is used for running most of the accessories.
The AGM battery does not seem to have any trouble running the fridge for a few days. Once we get into the warmer climates it will be interesting to see how it does with the fridge running more often.


Our 4x4 of choice is a 2005 GXL 120 series Toyota Prado.

We have done a fair bit of modifying to it to get it ready for some big trips and just to make it more user friendly.

As there are only 2 of us we have removed all of the seats (except the front two). This has made lots more usable space. The front sets have been replaced with 2 Recaros which will make touring long distances more comfortable.

There are a set of homemade rear draws containg food and camping gear. The bulk of our recovery gear is stored down beside the draws.

The Engel 40 litre fridge sits on a flat floor where the middle row of seats was. Its held in place by a transit lock and is accessed through the passenger side rear door. 

A 40 litre water container sits accross the floor behind the front seats.

We use two Icom radios while out and about. One for UHF and the HF. A codan aerial mounted on the rear door gets the signal out.

The vehicle runs ARB lockers front and rear, an ARB bull bar, 8000lb winch, and Opposite Lock rear bar for carrying 2 spare tyres.

These are most of the main mods, and I will try to do some individual posts on each item with some photos.