Barkly Roadhouse closed indefinitely

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022 at 21:53
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Barkly roadhouse fire Time to fit the LR tank?
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Wednesday, Nov 23, 2022 at 07:09

Wednesday, Nov 23, 2022 at 07:09
Yes, saw this on another site. Sad news for the owner operators, hopefully they can get things up and running again with some sort of temporary fuel dispensing set up quickly, while they rebuild.

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Reply By: rumpig - Wednesday, Nov 23, 2022 at 20:42

Wednesday, Nov 23, 2022 at 20:42
It’s only 450kms from 3 Ways to Camoweal, no need for LR tank
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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Thursday, Nov 24, 2022 at 01:02

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022 at 01:02
My stock Ranger tank is 80 litres. With our caravan I wouldn't make that distance while cruising at 90 kph, especially with a headwind. Should I sit on 60 kph and annoy other road users?
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Follow Up By: Athol W1 - Thursday, Nov 24, 2022 at 09:42

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022 at 09:42
My Dmax has a 72 lit tank, of which about 67 is considered useable, and when towing uses between 15 and 21 lhk depending on conditions. I would not consider it safe or reasonable to enter that part of Australia without 100 litres of fuel whilst the Barkly is out of order.

My last 3 crossings being 2019 Camoweal to 3 ways used 75.2lit, 2019 Tennant Creek to Camowea 90.4 lit and 2021Tennant Ceek to Camoweal 86.5 lit. All required a stop at the Barkly.

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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Thursday, Nov 24, 2022 at 10:11

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022 at 10:11
I just did a check on distances as it's not just the 3Ways to Camooweal distance. There's also that anyone travelling to or from either of those places via the Tablelands Hwy to the Heartbreak Hotel on the Carpentaria Hwy would have travel distances of either 557 or 645 Kms approximately.
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Follow Up By: Members - North200 - Thursday, Nov 24, 2022 at 18:01

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022 at 18:01
We do Mt Isa to Borroloola run every year in a Ram towing a Bushtracker caravan, approximately 200L.
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Follow Up By: bobsabobsa - Friday, Nov 25, 2022 at 11:21

Friday, Nov 25, 2022 at 11:21
Coming from Three Ways the head wind can be massive, there are warning signs along the way regarding this, my 100 series would not make that distance towing , with the head wind , wind tends to be east to west ,every time I cross the Barkly
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Nov 25, 2022 at 18:29

Friday, Nov 25, 2022 at 18:29
We crossed the Barkley Tablelands last year, but via the Rankin and Barkley Stock Routes which misses the roadhouse completely :)
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Friday, Nov 25, 2022 at 19:35

Friday, Nov 25, 2022 at 19:35
Peter ist hat a worthwhile run that way? Be interested in trying it next time
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Nov 25, 2022 at 19:59

Friday, Nov 25, 2022 at 19:59
The Tablelands are not the most scenic county in Oz, but I prefer looking at it from a non bitumen road. Always seems better for some reason. :)
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Follow Up By: batsy - Saturday, Nov 26, 2022 at 08:10

Saturday, Nov 26, 2022 at 08:10
Any permits required Peter n Margaret ?
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Saturday, Nov 26, 2022 at 09:25

Saturday, Nov 26, 2022 at 09:25
Nope.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 00:53

Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 00:53
No Phil D…one would think a smart person would have a jerry can or 2 with them if that’s all the klms they can get, but it’s up to you what you choose to do. It’s easy enough to carry a empty jerry can around and only fill it when you need to.
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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 01:36

Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 01:36
rumpig, I wrote about a STOCK Ranger tank because that's a common amount of fuel so many have as they rely on places like this to be available. I already have a bigger tank because from decades of experience I don't rely on availability so ensure I can get to the next one if needed.

This case is far more than just no fuel, it's that the whole roadhouse is out of action for fuel, accommodation, and food until further notice. That also means truckies don't have a food stop either. This place is also a bit of an entertainment location for the area's cattle stations and so effects more than just travellers.

As others have written here and elsewhere, headwinds across there can make a big difference. Personally, I've always topped up there regardless, or in earlier days at Barry Caves.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 08:41

Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 08:41
No need to explain the place, I have stayed there….people (not just travelers) just need to deal with the fact it’s not there for a while now and plan around that, as inconvenient as it is.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER - Saturday, Nov 26, 2022 at 08:02

Saturday, Nov 26, 2022 at 08:02
No better way to get that long range tank past the keeper....
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Reply By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 08:03

Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 08:03
How many of the above replies have actually read the full story?

Those that cared to read it will have read the they will be out of business for a few weeks before they can restore power and then resume selling fuel.

The fuel issue will only effect those travelling that way in the next few weeks
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 08:58

Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 08:58
Perhaps, but nothing happens fast in the Territory and the current chaos in the supply chain and labour shortages won't help.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 09:09

Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 09:09
I wonder if they get their fuel back online quicker than LCOOL get their site restored?
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 10:04

Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 10:04
Stephen no doubt this thread will continue debating unrelated points long after the roadhouse gets back on it’s feet. :)
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 08:40

Sunday, Nov 27, 2022 at 08:40
Havng camped there a few years ago, I can attest that the generator is in a separate building quite a distance from the main building.
It would seem to me that the main issue is to get an electrician this time of year to came and rewire or bypass the main building to connect the fuel pumps.
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