Shipping Man back to the UK.
Shipping Man back from Brisbane to the UK has proved more complex, expensive and time consuming than expected.
The cost of shipping a campervan (by RoRo) from the UK to Australia in late 2009 was about £95 UKP (106 Euros) per cubic metre. (This translated into between £3000 and £5000 UKP depending on the volume of the vehicle.) The journey took 41 days.
The cost of shipping a campervan (by RoRo) from Australia to the UK in September 2010 is about £135 UKP (153 Euros) per cubic metre. (This translates into between £4250 and £7100 UKP depending on the volume of the vehicle.) The journey will take an estimated 80 days!
An additional complication has been vehicle contents. Most shipping companies (including Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics who we are using again) do not allow a vehicle to be shipped with any contents. In practice many people ignore this restriction and risk having their vehicle rejected when they deliver it for shipping.
Because our shipping agent Kuehne + Nagel (Recommended) were aware of the contents of Man when we arrived into Australia (and because I have now met someone who had his campervan rejected by WWL on the docks because of it's contents) we have shipped the contents of Man back to the UK separately. We used Overseas Packers & Shippers (Recommended). Two cubic metres of contents cost about £450 UKP (500 Euros).
After leaving Man at the docks and before flying out of Brisbane we have again chosen to stay at the friendly Kingsford Smith Motel (Recommended) which is near the airport, very near Overseas Packers & Shippers and between the sea port and the offices of Kuehne + Nagel.
We have also eaten rather a lot at the nearby, excellent and cheap 63 Racecourse Rd Cafe (Recommended)