tanami RABBIT FLAT roadhouse

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 09:12
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this establishment is CLOSED.
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Reply By: pmk03 - Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 09:20

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 09:20
I Think it was closed in 2010 but thanks for the info
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 18:27

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 18:27
Yep, closed 5 years ago.

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Reply By: mike39 - Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 10:52

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 10:52
Yes, like many other small businesses in the outback, particularly pubs.

We have just returned home after 4 months on the road. Primarily gold prospecting, but my wife loves "op shops" and I have a strong affinity to small town hostelries.

She picks up the odd bargain, I discover the best camp/detecting/fishing spots.
Sadly, 3 of the op shops visited in the past and 5 bush pubs have closed in the last 12 months.

For us an alarming state of affairs, but largely un noticed by the travelling nomads etc. More concerned with a destination than the plight of the places they are passing through.
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 16:49

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 16:49
Too true Mike, too many "travellers" are worried about the cost of a beer, fuel or a campsite to be concerned about weather the older less travelled places stay open or not...
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 17:22

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 17:22
Egg zackery Jeff.

I like to buy some fuel and a few basics to do my bit so the roadhouse / general store is there next time.

Having said that, if a place is ripping people off blindly then I avoid them. I don't include most remote hotels/ roadhouses in that category fortunately.

People bitch about $2.50 a litre in very remote parts of the bush, then go and buy 750ml of water in a city servo for $3.50

Unbelievable.
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 20:06

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 20:06
G'day,

my wife and I love stopping at old (or any) pubs and artesian hot pools.

When we work out where we're going we budget for spending about $50 at each pub or town we stop at. We get to have a beer or two and learn a bit.

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Reply By: Candace S. - Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 16:36

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 16:36
Glad I stopped and visited the place back in 2008, had no idea it would soon be gone.

But I'm also glad I didn't have to buy fuel there at 2.51/L !!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 17:32

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 17:32
I just happily paid $3.00 per litre on the Anne Beadell Highway, hoping that they will be there next time I go through.
Time & time again, I see posts asking how much fuel will I have to carry so I won't have to buy fuel at such & such remote roadhouse, no wonder they close & I hope karma bites those mean spirited travellers on the backside in the future!



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Follow Up By: mike39 - Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 19:28

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 19:28
Agree Shaker, it often costs more to carry that extra fuel than it does to top up in those remote places.
I prefer to carry water than extra fuel on the basis if we break down somewhere very remote (or some one else has) our survival chance is much improved.
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 05:33

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 05:33
Basically, I didn't need fuel so I didn't buy any. I don't feel I did anything wrong. I had filled up my Troopy in Halls Creek, and it seems normal to start out with full tanks.

Planning on fueling at tiny places along the way brings the risk of finding they ran out of fuel, their equipment is broken, they're closed when they shouldn't be, etc.

Maybe those scenarios seem unlikely. But while I was in Halls Creek, the Coles couldn't sell any fuel or at least not any diesel due to an equipment breakdown. Fortunately, there was another small store that had a diesel bowser next to their building, so I was able to fill up there and depart on schedule. Hopefully my patronage of that small business helps make up for not buying fuel at Rabbit Flat, lol.

During my four-week 2008 outback trip, I think I stopped at every roadhouse I passed. To at least have a look, buy a snack (candy bar, whatever), and chat. At Rabbit Flat, the woman who served me was surly and simply ignored my attempt at conversation. I didn't feel the least bit welcome. So I wasn't inspired to linger and spend more money for a fuel top-up or anything else.

Anyway, as it turned out, I made it to Alice Springs without needing any more fuel.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 08:29

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 08:29
You are not the only one that has felt unwelcome there, others have reported the same.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 22:42

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 22:42
People were friendly last time I was there ;-)

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 23:36

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 23:36
A couple of interesting web sites for you - Rabbit Flat, Northern Territory - Mid-year Letter - JulY 2012
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