Diesel availability in rural WA

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 16:37
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My wife and myself are setting off on a trip around Australia from March,and it appears to me that many of the stopping spots in WA are few and far between.
Can any one advise as to whether one can get Diesel at Sandfire Roadhouse, Pardoo Roadhouse Minilya Roadhouse and also many of the roadhouses all the way to Perth.There arent many stops thru the Pibara or for that matter down the coast and I dont feel like being stranded out in the middle of nowhere after running out of juice.
Thanks in advance for all and any assistance.
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Reply By: baz&pud (tassie) - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 16:41

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 16:41
We have been down the West Coast, and have been able to get petrol where ever we wanted it, so there will be diesel available.
Cheers.
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Reply By: Member - Nick T2 - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 16:44

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 16:44
G'Day Peter
Now that WA is no longer a third world country we have deisel fuel at all our road houses. There is more chance of a roadhouse not selling petrol than deisel especially in the north.
Cheers Big Nick
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick T2 - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 16:45

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 16:45
Sorry that should be diesel
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Follow Up By: PeterWH - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:02

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:02
Thank you guys/gals.& Big Nick.I wasnt implying that WA was backward or third world BUT I know that out here where I reside in Central West NSW there are a few servos that dont have LPG or Diesel.
I appreciate the replies
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:45

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:45
PeterWH where in central west NSW are there servos with no diesel? It is quite often bandied around that diesel is more readily available than petrol in remoter areas and that is why you should buy a diesel vehicle.
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Reply By: PeterWH - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:03

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:03
Thanks all,your input has been greatfully appreciated......
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 18:46

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 18:46
Hi Peter,

Diesel is available at all the places you mention, and petrol too. Sometimes in very remote areas you might find a very occasional servo that only has diesel and not petrol - Cotton Creek comes to mind. On the GRR you may find that the roadhouses run out of diesel but might still have petrol - that is because the big majority of vehicles out there are diesel.

You will have no difficulty getting fuel unless you are doing the Canning SR! We have a rule when on those long stretches to never pass a fuel outlet without topping up.

Cheers,

Val
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 04:00

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 04:00
good advice, ive seen remote service stations on the highways shut because the backpacker that was meant to open the place up and went back to ireland
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Reply By: hazo - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 20:47

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 20:47
As said fuel, especially diesel readily available, just take a fat wallet as some of the prices can be scary to say the least.
A couple of jerry cans is always a good back up plan.

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Reply By: get outmore - Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 03:56

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 03:56
as of last year we now have television as well , all be it 2 chaneels black and white only and we have to go around to the shire presidents place as he has the only 25 cm tv
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Reply By: graham B9 - Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 09:30

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 09:30
Good morning Peter

Get out more is having a bit of go at you there but seriously I would like to point out that Australia is in the middle of mining boom at the moment. It has been in all the newspapers, on TV etc and it is largely based in the Pilbara. All this equipment uses diesel so one might imagine that there is a far amount of it about.

Once on the road here you will see some of the road trains carting the stuff up north.

I am having a bit of a go at you as well but it is good to ask these things even if they appear a bit silly.
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Reply By: GimmeeIsolation - Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 18:35

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 18:35
Yes Peter, we have radio and television over here now also and just about everything that is available over east there although television is still black and white and only AM radio.
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Reply By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 19:02

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 19:02
Hi Peter,

A few years ago when we were visiting WA, towing a caravan, we left Newman without topping up on diesel or refilling our two X 20 litre containers, thinking we would do it at the Kumarina roadhouse. We were travelling south on the Great Northern Highway.
When we got there we discovered that they had sold out of diesel and the tanker wasn't expected to be there until the evening of the next day.
We made a decision to keep going and only managed to get to the next fuel stop because we hitched a ride in the slipstream of a road train! The fuel light came on well before we arrived!
It is the only time its happened to us but taught us a valuable lesson. These days we always carry extra fuel, even if its only 10 litres, when we are travelling and re fuelling opportunities are scarce.
regards,

Heather
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Reply By: Member -Shakeejob - Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 19:36

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 19:36
PeterWH,
There is a downside to diesel availability, WA has the dearest diesel in the Commonwealth thanks in part to the mining boom.
The oil companies can sell all they can make to the miners at a premium and we poor suckers on the end of the pipe pay the premium as well.
And dont start me on LPG prices....
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Follow Up By: Brian Purdue - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 13:39

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 13:39
My old father-in-law had the set idea that you NEVER ever passed a service station without topping up.
The policy may well fit in with an item posted here a number of years ago. The little road-side shop may not be there next time you go by and need something. It closed for lack of patronage.
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