Fuel Stops between Alice and Darwin

Submitted: Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 05:34
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Hello all,
Later this year I have the honor (cough cough) to drive a TM Barina from Adelaide to Darwin. Having never done the Alice to Darwin stretch before, I'm curious to know what places sell fuel along the way (and are reliable).

I'll only be travelling during daylight hours so opening times shouldn't be an issue. Not in it for sight-seeing this time ....I have a schedule to keep.

By my calculations, the Barina "should" get 550kms out of its 46 litre tank easily.

Keep in mind that the fuel stops will also double as a feed stop and an opportunity to "powder my nose".

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers...Fab.
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 06:15

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 06:15
Fab, you will have no problem with fuel, it may be the outback, but roadhouses are located at regular intervals, have a look at a map and the towns and locations shown will all have fuel.
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Reply By: Member - blackbird1937 - Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 07:12

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 07:12
Hi Fab , As John has stated , plenty of fuel stops . I rode a m/bike with a 250 km range from Darwin , Uluru , Pt Augusta , Broken Hill in 06 . Many fuel stations even at small towns . Vern
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Reply By: anglepole - Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 09:35

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 09:35
Hello Fab,

As said above there are plenty of fuel stops on the way. Fuel is quite often much dearer in the very small places. So fill up at major towns like Tennant and Katherine. In Tennant fill up at the BP, it seems to be very popular with the locals.

On another topic, if your battery is much older than 3 years have it replaced before you leave. You will be surprised how much it would cost to get one on the road between towns. Enjoy your trip.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 21:58

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 21:58
When we were in Tennant Creek (2009) the independent servo at the north end of town was the cheapest - and they offered a 4c/litre discount for Senior's card - and they told everyone about it.

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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 04:44

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 04:44
Hello Motherhen,
Senior's Card? What's that?.
I'm 39 (for one more week at least).
Good info though because generally a servo that offers that sort of service to the Nomads suggests they care. That usually translates into better facilities, fresher fuel and clean toilets.
Thanks.
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Reply By: Fab72 - Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 16:52

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 16:52
Thanks all.
I was thinking of getting juice at Tennant Creek, then Larrimah and then straight into Darwin. That way I'm not pushing the limits of the tiny fuel tank.

I know Tennant Creek is a big place, just wasn't sure about fuel availability in Larrimah. I think I'd be pushing it to get to Mataranka from Tennent Creek.

Gee...I hope the battery is new. It's a brand new car. But I appreciate the sentiment. I also know that an old battery, after being subjected to long stints under a hot bonnet tends to fail right when you least expect it. Especially if vibrations are thrown into the mix.

Thanks all.
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Follow Up By: veight - Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 21:36

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 21:36
Cant Buy fuel @ Larrimah, Either push your luck and drive into Mataranka or buy fuel at Highway inn.

Would be much easier & cheaper to buy fuel at Alice, Tennant, Katherine.
Price of fuel in Darwin is currently the same price as Katherine.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 04:33

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 04:33
Thanks Veight,
I did think Alice, Tennant and Katherine, but I reckon the stretch from Tennant Creek to Katherine (673 kms) is pretty opptomistic out of a 46 litre tank.

I really need somewhere just short of Mataranka to tie me over.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 04:46

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 04:46
Just had another look..... Alice, Tennant Creek, Daly Waters, Katerine then into Darwin looks like another option.

I know there's a pub at Daly Waters but is fuel available there and is it at a "normal" price or an inflated "tourist" price like say The Prairie Hotel at Parachilna?

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Follow Up By: veight - Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 21:57

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 21:57
There is Daly waters "Highway inn" (A Road house meters off the stuart highway) or about 10km further up the stuart highway and about 5km is Daily waters Pub.

Purchase fuel from "highway inn"
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Follow Up By: veight - Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 22:08

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 22:08
You wanted a place "just short of Mataranka to tie me over"

The Daily waters Highway inn is about 165 km short of Mataranka
or you can go to Dunmarra Wayside inn which is about 210km short of Mataranka
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 04:28

Thursday, Aug 02, 2012 at 04:28
Thanks Veight,
Now I know where the Highway Inn is. I googled "Highway Inn" before and got thousands of hits.

Distance wise....it's sounds perfect.
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 20:48

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 20:48
Forgot to add, buy your fuel in Tennant Creek not at Three Ways, it is about 12 cents a litre dearer at Three Ways, or was a few weeks ago.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 04:26

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 04:26
Cheers John....I'll do that.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 06:15

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 06:15
Fab. I have a simple rule when driving in remote Australia. Never drive past a roadhouse. Certainty beats price and smiling faces every time. I am amazed that a bloke who has driven a Capteva to the top of big red is so traumatised about driving a Barina to Darwin. And there is a major roadhouse on the highway at Daly Waters. The pub is a few km off the highway but definately worth a visit.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 16:53

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 16:53
Good memory Kevin...well done mate.

The Captiva was a totally different experience. I had 40 litres in Jerry cans and the diesel gave me plenty of range. Worse case scenario, the Captiva would have made it from Marree, to Birdsville, up Big Red, back into Birdsville and probably as far back as Mungarainie.

The Barina scares me with it's puddle sized tank, plus it's an unknown. It's a brand new car that I wouldn't have driven so I have no idea about what sort of REAL mileage it gets when hooking along at 130km/ph.

By the way...I've been back up Big Red since then but this time in my Pajero io that you might recall I bought. I've done a few mods since I bought her and she did the trip with ease.

Incidently, on the trip home, the bowser at Mungerainie had died and I had to do a Jerry Can splash and dash at Lake Harry. Hence, with no Jerry Can in the Barina, I'm cautious not to run out.

Hopefully this link works. If not, search Youtube by gzwbyc Big Red 2012.

My Pajero io playing in the sand pit

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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 17:11

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 17:11
The link worked. Good video. Looks like the little Paj was made for climbing Big Red. Looks like the kids liked Big Red as well.
Is the Barina the little hatch? My wife has a Barina sedan. In a long trip we get between 7 and 8 km per litre. You should get at least 500 km out of a tank and by the time you get to the long stretches between roadhouses you will have a good feel for what it will do. You will enjoy the trip, I'm sure.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 18:11

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 18:11
Yeah Kevin....it's a hatch. 5 door TM with a 6 speed auto and (thankfully) cruise control. Good to hear they return decent fuel figures.

Sounds like it should be a walk in the park...be it a squeezy one..hehe.

Cheers. Fab.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 18:14

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 18:14
Same model (and colour) as this one.

TM Barina
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 18:39

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 18:39
It looks very smart Fab. My wife's Barina is an 06 model but she has had it since new and loves it dearly.
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Reply By: Rockape - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 06:42

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 06:42
Fab,
Some prices last couple of weeks. Darwin south to Daly waters.
Can't help past that as we went out to Cape Crawford/ Borroloola.

Humpty Doo $155.9
Katherine $154.9
Mataranka $$169.5
Daly Waters Roadhouse $165.9

Have a good trip.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 16:59

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 16:59
Thanks Rockape.

No bad prices considering the remote locations.
Birdsville 2 weeks back was 175.9 for ULP which I though was pretty damn good too. (That wasn't in the Barina..hehe.)

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 07:21

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012 at 07:21
Fab,
should have added these are diesel prices.
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