Where is fuel available?

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 21:34
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We are planning a trip to the Corner Country, and have purchased the relevant maps and SA desert pass pack which also includes a good map.
Some remote townships are marked with fuel icons indicating fuel availability, which is great, but many named black dots indicating towns etc. have no fuel icons.

As an example is the town of Quilpie, which a google search says it has a population of 40 to 60 people in the town, and a further 20 on stations.
No fuel icon, but seemingly big enough for fuel availability.
My question is : Is there a list of small towns or stations that do have fuel available, without relying on maps that seem to be a bit vague?
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 21:47

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 21:47
If you had a decent GPS like Garmin you would find it has listed the Mobil on Webber St along with the Phone number .

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Follow Up By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 21:57

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 21:57
Thats to easy Doug, but then i'm of the generation all of 33 next week, which can translate feet to inches, pounds to kilo's and pennies to cents!!!

Now i wonder i left that yard stick.

I can also read a map and compass and can find my way home if lost without that swmbo in a box!!! so can my wife and she is old by six months!!!!

just being cheeky!!!!
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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 21:58

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 21:58
Hey Doug hows things??

brushmarx.

Quilpie has fuel but 100 km further there is a place called Eromanga it has a refinery there population 6 but in January it had diesel at $1.46 per litre, Noccundra has fuel as well as nice people, it was nice to stay there the night.

after there you have Innaminca or The corner store at Cameron corner.

I have a Hema handy atlas 7th edition, and it has them all marked.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:15

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:15
Christopher
My correction, Mobil is on Brolga St Quilpie, and yes Steve , the BP Eromanga on Webber St.
Yes your a cheeky bugger , pull ya shorts up,
There is also a Service station at Cooladi

And whats this 33 crap young fella ...lmao
I also grew up with Pennies , shillings, 2 Bobs, Milk in Billy Cans , Ice boxes, Chip Heaters, Essex Cars, Bloody Blue Hills, and so on,,

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:21

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:21
Steve
Things are fine , drying out between the heavey showers, had an addition here too,

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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 21:51

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 21:51
do a search of the petrol providers ie caltex and see if they have a depot or, do a search in yellow pages for fuel in those towns, either way that should answer the questions.
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Reply By: Footloose - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:03

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:03
Yes, Quilpie has fuel. One servo that didn't sell diesel in 2007, and a fuel depot that closes at mid day on Sat until Monday..no public holidays etc.
Unless you want to be stranded in town, check smaller town outlets carefully before you go.
Have fun.
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:07

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:07
40 to 60 people in Quilpie ??? what drugs are u on ???
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:14

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:14
Latest census 1085 in the town .
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:18

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:18
Yeh but been cheating, did you use Wikipedia
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:29

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:29
brushmarx
OK I copped some Flak over the mention a GPS ..so forget the GPS, your probably incapable of using one anyhow, .
If you had a decent 4x4 like mine with a good fuel range you wouldn't have to worry, top up in Brisbane, Sydney or Adelaide, go to the Corner Country run around for 3 days and go back home without buying fuel.

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Follow Up By: Member - SNAKE (RAOUL) QLD - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:03

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:03
Geez Doug ya 4bs a bit heavy on juice.Cheers Snake and Josie
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:13

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:13
Snake
I have a range about 2880 if I get 8kpl If I cruise on about 85 I'll get more, I got 2000 towing the 20ft van across the Nullabor, Southern Cross to Pt Augusta

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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:42

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:42
Doug,
Is it legal to carry 400 litres of fuel?

Are you over your GVM?

Got it registered as a tanker?

Do you carry hazardous liquid signs?

Just stirring :o), sort of.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 11:23

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 11:23
Oldplodder
Your treading on thin ice

4.1.5 A pilot vehicle must not:
(a) tow a trailer, any other vehicle; or
(b) carry a load, but it may carry tools, equipment or substances for use in connection with the oversize vehicle or combination that it is accompanying


substances is the key word here , so I'll add that when returning from a Job the same will apply,
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 12:23

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 12:23
Thanks for the reply and clarification Doug,

I bow to your knowledge of the industry you work in, and hopefully back out of the discussion carefully and gracefully.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:34

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 22:34
Ian
forget bloody GOOGLE EYES learn to use Wikipedia

Wikipedia for Quilpie

it's OK mate I'm in one of those stirring moods tonight.

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Reply By: brushmarx - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:17

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 23:17
OK
This has been a learning experience.
1. Google sucks
2. Wikipedia rules.
3. Garmin are good, even morons can use them.
4. I need to search yellow pages for every little crapbox place in the Southern Hemisphere because no-one has listed fuel avaiability by town names.
5. If someone uses an example like Quilpie, you get information on every business in town, including opening times.
6. My maps are krap.
7. Some idiots have 4x4's that only need refuelling in major cities
( must run on bullschitt which there is no shortage of)
Sorry, I was just having you on
Cheers and thanks for the info
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:10

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 00:10
Ian
I was reading down your list and thinking
I got him...I got him , until you let me down at the end

Bugger

LOL catch ya mate
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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:08

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 10:08
I'm heading out there in about 10 days and will be visiting Cameron's Corner. If you're coming from the North (sounds like you are) the following places have fuel but it does pay to check:

Quilpie (Shell)

Thargominda

Noccundra

Cameron's Corner Store

Innamincka

Birdsville (2 servos there)

Apart from Innamincka - Birdsville which is about 400 kms none of those towns are any more than 130 ks apart so if one is closed the other will probably not be. They sell fuel not for traveller's convenience so much but to make sure that the locals can get around.

If I'm back before you go I'll post the places that had fuel. According to this site all roads are open at the moment.
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Reply By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 08:14

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 08:14
Ian

Any town up there in the Corner Country will have fuel, that will not be a problem.
What you have to do is to make sure that you have "topped up" at each town, and have enuf extra fuel to get you onto the next.
"Just in case" reasoning !

Cheers mate, and have a gr8 time


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Follow Up By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 14:12

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 14:12
Hey Bucky!!!

How was your Easter? Our good and kids have had plenty of chocolate brekkies to last a life time!

Off to Honeymoon Bay this weekend for 1 night and 2 long days..seeing that its half an hour away!

Hi to Lyn....will burn Belly up this week...got more dvd's coming....

Laura
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:26

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 16:26
Found the same thing Bucky,

No problems with fuel.

As long as you have enough range to do 300 to 400k, and fill up as you go on the more travelled routes, normally no problems in corner country/western Qld/western NSW. Expect to be filling up during normal country trading hours too.

Now the occasional load of dirty diesel is a different story. :o)
So carry some spare fuel filters.
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Reply By: brushmarx - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 17:15

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 17:15
My sincere thanks for the helpful people, and to Doug T who without knowing a bloody thing about me and has such a low opinion that he thinks I wouldn't know how to use one of his precious little Garmins,' you can go and gargle dusty's dog turds.
We are planning dropping from Brisbane down to NSW, across to Cameron Corner, up through Innamincka, Haddons Corner, Birdsville, Poeppells Corner, and probably back via Charleville, or drop down south, and go through Cunnamulla/St George.
I have a petrol auto Jackaroo and will be towing a CT, which raises my concern about fuel availability because it sucks through a bit. I haven't done much towing or dirt road driving with it since the purchase at Christmas, but around town, I am only getting 450km from 75 litres. Slower driving dragging the CT obviously won't help, and the location of fuel will affect how many jerry cans I carry.
Once again, thanks for the helpful answers.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 20:33

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 20:33
Poeppel Corner - you might have to seriously rethink this one. Poeppel is accessed via Big Red and the QAA line and is serious sand dune country. According to your itinerary you then have to come back again to Birdsville.

http://www.exploroz.com.au/Places/937/SA/Poeppel_Corner.aspx

http://www.exploroz.com.au/TrekNotes/Deserts/Simpson_Desert.aspx?rv=1


If you've looked at the maps you can see that you are well into the Simpson Desert and then have to return. Expect an average speed of about 35 kmh with a dune in front of you every 1 km. They do get smaller as you travel but not necessarily any easier. To do it with just a 4by chews up a lot of fuel but add a camper trailer - I'd forget it. If you want, you can leave you CT in Birdsville and spend a day getting to Poeppel and another getting back but of course you'll need tents. The round trip is about 360 kms
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