Roadhouses

Submitted: Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 13:37
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I'm researching an article on roadhouses. The more remote and interesting the better. They don't all have to be good. Cranky colourful owners especially good, but nice guys welcome too.

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https://www.exploroz.com/Customers/Tjukayirla_Roadhouse.aspx
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Reply By: Zippo - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 15:44

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 15:44
Allan, are you looking for somewhere to move to next? Your bucket list? ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan H5 - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 16:36

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 16:36
No, I don't think I'd want to spend too long at any of these places, but I think they'll make a good story.

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Follow Up By: Zippo - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 19:52

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 19:52
Sorry Allan, brain fart here - I mistook you for Al @ Tjukayirla.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 20:04

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 20:04
Hi Allan

A great friendly Roadhouse and around 700 kilometres from its nearest competitor is the Ilkurlka Roadhouse, almost smack in the middle of the Anne Beadel Highway.


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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 15:42

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 15:42
Agree with that one, very friendly and obliging people.

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Reply By: Top End Az - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 22:00

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 22:00
Glendambo Shell Roadhouse is a couple of hundred clicks south of Coober Pedy, Stuart Highway. Been through there a couple of times this month. Lovely young chap provides great service, is good for a yarn and information and although the Roadhouse is less than modern, it's a great stop. He remembered me from weeks earlier.

Also, the BP at Tennant Creek NT is a great stop, with a great young barista there who puts in the yards to pumping out a great coffee and is a nice lad too. The Roadhouse is modern with great facilities, good stock of supplies and is about 30 cents a litre cheaper for diesel than the rip off merchants at Threeways 25km up the road.
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 22:46

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 22:46
Balladonia Roadhouse is the worst I have been too by a country mile. Unfriendly, you feel like their doing you a favour just to talk to you, very limited food, no showers, and the list goes on. Give it a big miss.

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Follow Up By: D-MaxerWA - Friday, Dec 02, 2016 at 23:23

Friday, Dec 02, 2016 at 23:23
Yep, totally agree, the worst roadhouse I have stayed at. Backpackers are the staff, underpaid and ignorant. Would not even call in there for fuel again.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 23:09

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 23:09
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Spud's Roadhouse Pimba S.A. just outside Woomera is Iconic. Established in the early 1950's by Spud Murphy it served the residents of Woomera with fuel (and more) for some time before a private service station was established within the restricted Woomera Village.

Even after the loss of business caused by the withdrawal of British involvement at the 'Rocket Range', Pimba and 'Spud's Roadhouse was saved by the advent of the new Stuart Highway to Alice Springs and the removal of security restriction to the Woomera Village.

Spud died in 2007 but good onya Spud. Your legend lives on.
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue M - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 02:41

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 02:41
Allan,
I pulled in there twice, once in 2012 and again in 2016 and enjoyed the atmosphere, and the friendliness of the staff both times.

Served a descent burger also.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 23:55

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 23:55
Everyone loves to hate Nanutarra.
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 14:25

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 14:25
Once I would have agreed with you Motherhen...

I lived and worked in Paraburdoo for many years and would avoid the place like the plague - filthy, expensive, crap food, dirty showers etc. etc.

Last school holidays, I had no choice but to stop there due to our travelling companions having a mechanical failure with there van.

A surprising difference - now owned by two brothers (they take it in turns so one of them is there all the time) - very friendly staff, well presented, good food, reasonably priced - except fuel but what do you expect! They allowed us to leave the van setup while we went to Karratha for parts (took us 2 nights) they even picked a spot where they could keep an eye on it and this was in the school holidays.

I would call in and stay again. It is amazing the difference time makes

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Follow Up By: Zippo - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 15:56

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 15:56
" It is amazing the difference time makes" - I'd say it's amazing what difference a change of ownership can make. Have seen the same elsewhere.
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 17:02

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 17:02
That's exactly what I meant

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 23:05

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 23:05
Pleased to hear good news about Nanutarra. No doubt for the next ten years people will talk about the reception they got there. I hope the new owners soon gain their own good reputation.

The price will always be high. Not only due to transport costs, but due to relatively low customer numbers to cover the same static costs that a very busy roadhouse would have. The trend to carry extra fuel to avoid purchasing from these lonely roadhouses will only hasten their demise.

Without Nanutarra, travellers would have to cover around 500 kilometres from Minilya Roadhouse to Karratha. No trouble for many of us, but may be too far for the traveller with an average car.

We have refuelled at Nanutarra a number of times with no real complaints. My only grouch once was that a credit card surcharge was added without notifying me first. But as usual I did not notice this until we had left.

My daughter told a tale of rude reception there, when the roadhouse was waiting for diesel supplies.

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Follow Up By: Member - MARIC - Saturday, Dec 03, 2016 at 23:36

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Reply By: Ozi M - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 08:50

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 08:50
I will throw in Mungerannie, as an "interesting" place

Good food, good service and history parked in the front yard
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 16:00

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 16:00
Stayed there in July. Handy spot to break the BV track trip (especially if the going is tricky). Place is "interesting", including the Maccas sign. Phil was his usual friendly self. Looks like he may move back south, or may have already done so. Johnno previously was good too (now at a motel in Boulia).
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 05:20

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 05:20
Our group laugh about the awful service that we experienced at Mungerannie in July 2014

At dinner, a group of 10 people at the next table were waiting for their ordered dinner, after 60 mins no meal arrived and they were kicked out because a tour group arrived. There was a massive fight between the group and the waitress and they were told that the reason they were kicked out was because 2 people ordered the steak and that takes a long time to cook. Seriously.

The music was so loud no one could sleep in the rooms, up until 2:30AM. The only person in the bar was the manager.

The wait in the morning was 45 mins to get served before people gave up. No one knew where the staff were. He just walked off while there was a shop full of customers. People just served themselves breakfast and fuel in the end. No one to be found to pay the bill from the accommodation.

It set a new benchmark for awful service. No one in our group had never seen anything like it.

It wasn't funny then but it gives me a chuckle now.










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Reply By: D-MaxerWA - Friday, Dec 02, 2016 at 23:34

Friday, Dec 02, 2016 at 23:34
Carrabin on the Great Eastern Highway is a good place to stop. Used to stop at Moorine Rock Tavern when coming back from Kalgoorlie late in the day, but after stopping here for the night, that was the preferred stop.
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Dec 03, 2016 at 09:44

Saturday, Dec 03, 2016 at 09:44
In the real Outback I try to patronise every roadhouse/ fuel stop.
The only roadhouse that I have had a bad experience with is the Pink Roadhouse & drove past it every time until the fairly recent change of ownership.

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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Saturday, Dec 03, 2016 at 09:58

Saturday, Dec 03, 2016 at 09:58
I have always liked Moonie crossroads roadhouse or the old Moonie motel.

I couldn't count the number of times I have pulled up there and I could count the times I wasn't happy with the welcome on one hand.

Also Victoria river roadhouse is up there for me.
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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Sunday, Dec 04, 2016 at 16:23

Sunday, Dec 04, 2016 at 16:23
Dajarra Roadhouse, SE of Mt Isa, nice owner, friendly service.
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