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hi all,
we are heading away soonish to the N.T and are currently trying to plan what food we need to take with us and what will be available to get along the way.
a couple of towns we aren't sure how big they are, so i thought i'd ask here to be certain rather then
what shops will we find in Normanton other then the pub? we are hoping to pick up a roast pork there instead of bringing it along with us, so is there somewhere like a butcher shop in town where we could get this or not?
how big is Katherine? what is available there in the way of supplies such as salads (lettuce, tomato and maybe cucumber) and veges etc.
same goes for Tenant Creek, what sort of shops are we likely to find in this town should we need to get some supplies food wise.
i realize sometimes certain supplies come in to some towns once a week etc, so if this is the case does anyone know with the above towns what days they are?
i take it frozen bread is likely to be available at the above towns, so if this is not the case then please let me know also.

cheers in advance for any help you can give me on these towns
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Reply By: Notso - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 19:00

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 19:00
You'll get anything you need in Katherine and Tennant Creek.Katherine is a fair sized town.

Mormanton has supermarket and pub etc, not sure about a buthcher but I reckon there'd be one there. Fresh vegies come in once per week so at the right time you'll get fresh fruit and vegies, maybe not quite as fresh as on the coast.
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Reply By: Fishing Barb - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 19:03

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 19:03
hi there you can get all your needs in all townskatherine has wollies ha ppy travlesdarwin dave
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Reply By: John B - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 19:32

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 19:32
Stopped at the Supermarket in Tennant Creek about 8.30 am and they came out to tell me to come in even thought they opened at
Katherine has a Woolies Supermarket ( Lock your car)
Got caught once at Leigh Creek SA as the Supermarket cosed at 12 Saturday.
We arrived to stock up at 12.15pm.
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Reply By: terry j2 - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 20:21

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 20:21
In Normanton tonight and yes there is a butcher shop but don't know what it's like
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 20:51

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 20:51
Can i ask..... Normanton, Tenant Creek and Katherine are in one big triangle and i simply cant see how you will travel between them ....
You need to keep in mind that you are "on the road" and the everyday things like lettuce ect arnt going to be part of it ...
Katherine is a really big town with EVERYTHING you could possibly ask for as is Tennent Creek ....
I think maybe i am missing something here or you guys are full on "city slickers" and are in for one hell of a suprise and if that is the case good on ya's as you will have a ball, dont be afraid to ask any questions at all as you cant plan if you dont know eh .......
Cheers guys n have fun and dont stress, it is not as big and remote out there as you may think eh


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Follow Up By: rumpig - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 23:27

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 23:27
your missing plenty Joe, or atleast reading to much into the
i posted the original question up, as i was at Glens house using his computer. between those of us going on this trip, we've done several Simpson crossings and several trips to The Cape aswell as many other places inbetween, just none of us have been to these areas and have no idea of those towns actual sizes. i guess i could have goggled it, but it's much easier to ask those who have been there first hand what can be found in a town you plan to visit along the way. we assumed there would be decent sized shops there, hence why i asked specifically about those towns, but is better to be sure then assume IMHO.
the triangle is part of a 5 week trip leaving Brisbane and heading North via Normanton then across and up to Darwin and then back down South towards Alice, but turning East at The Plenty Hwy and somehow home from there (haven't decided how
i ask you this.... without having been somewhere before, how are you meant to know how big it is and what is there in that town?
i'm sure we'll have a great trip mate, we always do.
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Follow Up By: SIF4X4 - Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 08:00

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 08:00
rumpig...I was gunna say....take your gun with you as there is plenty of wild pork roaming around Normanton and the Gulf.....hahahaha

The thing is...everyone has to eat....even in the most remote Aboriginal Communities you will find a well stocked towns on along the highways will have even more to offer...don't stress, ya won't starve

PS: Sign out of Cadney Park, Stuart Hwy,SA"

Stop and eat something or we will both starve!



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Follow Up By: rumpig - Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 19:58

Monday, Aug 22, 2011 at 19:58
hey Spero,
i realize everyone has to eat and that they have to get their food from somewhere, but i've stopped at towns previously that i thought might be a decent size, only to find they were much smaller then i ever expected them to be and very little was available there, hence why i posted the question just to be sure. we are planning on having some specific meals on our trip away (we like to eat pretty well even though we are away from, which is why i'm chasing info. on certain foods.
i was never worried about starving, like i said we have crossed The Simpson and been to The Cape already, aswell as many other places inbetwen those locations, we just wanted to double check on what was available where.
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Reply By: rumpig - Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 23:29

Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 at 23:29
thank you to all who have replied, we guessed these were decent sized towns, but thought we'd make sure instead of just assuming.
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Reply By: Member - Allan K (NT) - Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 10:02

Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 10:02
Katherine has a sizable Woolies open 7am - 9 pm.
There is another smaller supermarket in the main street, 5 Star.
Brumbies is the only local bakery, Woolies also sells a good range of bakery.
Other than Woolies there are 3 other Butchers in tow.
You can get fuel on both Woolies and Coles discount shoppa-dockets, there are 6 retail fuel outlets. If you are heading west, remember the restriction on fresh fruit & veg & honey crossing into WA, best not to stock up in Katherine but wait until Kununurra. If heading south, Renner Springs make their own bread, it's pretty good, but sometimes only available frozen.
Enjoy the trip.
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