TRUCK STOPS OPERATING AMIDST COVID-19

Whether delivering food, medical supplies or other essential goods and services, truckies have always been essential to Australia. As the unsung heroes of our nation, truckies keep going during COVID-19, delivering the necessities the country needs to keep moving.

But with COVID-19–led nationwide closures of businesses, state border restrictions and other trading restrictions to help Australia “flatten the curve”, where can a truckie stop for breaks and food while on the road?

Despite the ongoing closures of many businesses, service centres and truck rest stops remain open so truckies can continue to receive the support they need in order to get the job done.

But which truck service centres and rest stops are open? We compile a quick list for you, so you can play your journeys.

Rest stop requirements

First, before we get into the details, the federal government has put in place a set of truckie-specific rest stop requirements—to protect both drivers and rest stop operators during the pandemic.

  • Social distancing

Social distancing rules continue to apply. Truckies must take care to maintain appropriate social distancing while using rest stop and service centre facilities.

  • Hand washing/sanitising

Truckies must regularly wash and sanitise their hands, especially before sitting and prior to leaving.

  • One-hour time limit

Truckies must not remain in lounges or use facilities (including showers and toilets) for more than one hour.

  • Informing use of shower facilities

Truckies must notify rest stop operator after showering to allow time for cleaning before the next patron.

  • Follow the rules

All COVID-19 related instructions from employees in the truck driver lounge must be followed.

  • Stay away if you display symptoms

If displaying symptoms of illness such as a fever, cough or sore throat, do not enter. Seek medical assistance. For more information, call the National Coronavirus Helpline at 1800 020 080 (open 24 hours).

Truck rest stops and service centres

Next up’s a list of truck rest stops and service centres you can call into in the different states, complete with information on operating hours and available facilities.

This list, however, is not exhaustive. For the full view of service centres and roadhouses still open during the pandemic, please refer to the NHVR COVID-19 Support Map here.

Western Australia

  • Sandfire Roadhouse

Location: Eighty Mile Beach, WA 6725

What it has: lounge with spaced out tables, kitchen (closes at 7pm), shower, toilets

Trading hours: 7 am–7 pm daily

 

  • Kumarina Roadhouse

Location: Great Northern Hwy Kumarina, WA 6642

What it has: food service, showers, toilets

Trading hours: 5.30 am–9 pm daily

 

  • BP Kewdale Truckstop

Location: 543 Abernethy Rd, Kewdale, WA 6105

What it has: food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

 

  • Gnowangerup Roadhouse

Location: 6/8 Youngenup Rd, Gnowangerup, WA 6335

What it has: food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 6.30 am–8 pm daily

 

South Australia 

  • Nullarbor Roadhouse

Location: Eyre Highway, Nullarbor, SA 5690

What it has: lounge, food service, shower, toilets and laundry service

Trading hours: 7 am–10 am daily

 

  • BP Port Augusta Truckstop

Location: 7 Ritma Road, Augusta Hwy, Port Augusta, SA 5700

What it has: food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

Australian Capital Territory

  • Caltex

Location: 96 Sawmill Cct, Hume, ACT 2620

What it has: food service, toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

 

  • United Kambah

Location: 150 O’Halloran Cct, Kambah, ACT 2902

What it has: food service, toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

 

Victoria

  • BP Energy Fuel

Location: 42–44 Little Boundary Rd, Laverton North, VIC 3026

What it has: food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

 

  • BP Dandenong

Location: 175-187 Greens Rd, Cnr Hammond Rd, Dandenong, VIC 3175

What it has: food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

 

  • Shell Westside Petroleum Strathmerton

Location: 4972 Murray Valley Hwy, Strathmerton, VIC 3641

What it has: lounge, food service, shower and toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

 

New South Wales

  • Buronga IGA X-press

Location: 141 Sturt Hwy, Buronga, NSW 2739

What it has: lounge, food service, shower, toilets, laundry

Trading hours: 24/7

 

  • Uncle Leo’s Roadhouse

Location: 1 Campbelltown Road, Glenfield, NSW 2167

What it has: lounge, food service, showers, toilets, laundry service

Trading hours: 24/7

 

  • Coonamble Roadhouse

Location: 121 Castlereagh St, Coonamble, NSW 2829

What it has: lounge, food service, toilets

Trading hours: 5.30 am–9 pm daily

 

  • Coles Express Hexham

Location: 21 Maitland Rd, Hexham, NSW 2322

What it has: outdoor seating only, food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

 

  • BP Marulan Northbound

Location: 15666 Hume Hwy, Marulan, NSW 2579

What it has: food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

 

Queensland

  • Puma Kybong

Location: 1516 Old Bruce Hwy, Kybong, QLD 4570

What it has: lounge, food service, shower, toilets, laundry service

Trading hours: 24/7

 

  • BP Cardwell (Big Crab)

Location: 87 Victoria St, Cardwell, QLD 4849

What it has: lounge, food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 3 am–9 pm

 

  • BP Townsville

Location: Crnr of Racecourse Road and Lakeside Drive, Idalia, QLD 4811

What it has: food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

 

Northern Territory 

  • Aileron Roadhouse

Location: Stuart Hwy, Alice Springs, NT 0872

What it has: food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 6 am–7 pm daily

 

  • Puma Katherine Truckstop

Location: 85 Bicentennial Rd, Katherine South, NT 0850

What it has: lounge, food service, shower, toilets, laundry service

Trading hours: 24/7

 

  • Heartbreak Hotel

Location: Cnr of Carpentaria Hwy and Tablelands Hwy, McArthur, NT 0852

What it has: lounge, food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 8 am–6.30 pm

 

  • Threeways Roadhouse

Location: Stuart Hwy, Tennant Creek, NT 0860

What it has: lounge, food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 7 am–8.30 pm

 

Tasmania

  • Mood Food Kempton

Location: 3001 Midland Hwy, Kempton, TAS 7030

What it has: lounge, food service, shower, toilets

Trading hours: 24/7

 

  • Caltex Epping Forest

Location: Midland Hwy, Epping Forest, TAS 7211

What it has: lounge, food service, toilets

Trading hours: 4 am–8 pm weekdays; 6 am–8 pm weekends

 

Staying safe and healthy

During these unprecedented and trying times, our appreciation goes out to every essential road transport operator whose hard work contributes to keeping supply chains running.

And while truckies are no strangers to hard work, long drives, or the pressure of transporting heavy loads in demanding times, social distancing and self-isolation can impact mental health.

There are various resources in place to support your health and wellbeing. For more information, read here.

For more mental health self-care tips while you’re on the go, check out our article here.

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