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Brooke Kirkham Brett Mannion embark road trip Australia

A young couple have revealed how they embarked on an adventurous life on the road around Australia.

Brooke Kirkham and Brett Mannion clocked up nearly 30,000 kilometres after driving in a cosy Toyota Landcruiser 79 Series for seven months.

Speaking to Today Tonight, the pair said they completed a lap around the country for under $30,000 – meaning they spent just $1 for every kilometre they travelled.

The Western Australian couple said they stuck to a budget of $1,000 a week, which covered fuel, accommodation, foods and drinks.

‘$2,300 on beer,’ Brooke said, laughing.

Brooke Kirkham and Brett Mannion embarked on an adventurous life on the road around Australia under a shoestring budget (pictured together)

‘We didn’t want to plan too far ahead, just in case we liked somewhere or we wanted to stay longer or if we wanted to get moving, we could,’ Brett said.

Their biggest expenses were running on diesel, followed by accommodation and groceries.

The couple cooked all their meals from scratch on the road.

‘No fast foods. No takeaway coffees, so we packed a thermos everyday, made our own tea and coffee… I packed lunches, snacks,’ Brooke said.

The pair clocked up nearly 30,000 kilometres after driving in a cosy Toyota Landcruiser 79 Series for seven months

The pair clocked up nearly 30,000 kilometres after driving in a cosy Toyota Landcruiser 79 Series for seven months

The young Western Australian couple said they stuck to a budget of $1,000 a week

The young Western Australian couple said they stuck to a budget of $1,000 a week

LAP OF AUSTRALIA FOR UNDER $30K

29,946 kilometres

Seven states

4,278 litres of diesel

228 days on the road

And despite their thrifty way of living, the couple said they would treat themselves to a home-cooked roast and fresh produce.

‘We’d never miss out,’ she said. 

Brett added: ‘We’d cook roasts in caravan parks, everyone would come around and smell the roast and want to come in for dinner.’

For the road trip, the couple had packed a portaloo and a camp hot water unit, in which were never used because they mainly stayed at caravan parks and campsites.

Since embracing the nomadic lifestyle, the couple said they are hoping their spontaneous travels will inspire others to hit the road as well. 

Since embracing the nomadic lifestyle, the couple said they are hoping their spontaneous travels will inspire others to hit the road as well

Since embracing the nomadic lifestyle, the couple said they are hoping their spontaneous travels will inspire others to hit the road as well

‘We just hope to inspire people to say “okay, it’s not as expensive as what people may think”,’ Brett said.

‘Hope they would get out and explore.’ 

For those interested to go travelling, the pair said they found their inspiration simply via social media.

‘That’s how it all started with us, I just started looking at travelling pages on Facebook,’ Brooke said.

‘Different couples and families who are all out there doing it. I thought “Well it’s not that hard, they’re doing it.’

The young couple cooked all their meals from scratch on the road, including roasts

The young couple cooked all their meals from scratch on the road, including roasts

And fast forward, the pair visited seven states, stayed 119 nights at caravan parks and six nights at national parks.

For 91 nights, they also stayed with families on the Sunshine Coast, South Australia and the Kimberly region.

The couple said if they opted for ‘free-camping’, they believed this option would have saved them more money.

They said they are already planning their next trip to all the destinations they missed during their epic travel

They said they are already planning their next trip to all the destinations they missed during their epic travel

The pair – who documented their travels under Brett & Brooke’s Trip of a Lifetime on Facebook – wrapped up their trip last month. 

They said they are already planning their next trip to all the destinations they missed during their epic travel.

‘I think we’re going to continue travelling. There will be plenty of trips of a lifetime,’ Brett said.

But before they can hit the road again, the couple are now returning back to work so they can save for their next epic trip. 



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