We always knew our first store would be tough to get to when we picked it. But fires and a pandemic have added a whole new layer of complexity.
Right now the road is closed to all non-essential travel to protect the local communities. Once Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, you’ll need to get a permit to travel on the Great Central Road through the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
But there’s no rush. Thanks to the seasonal cyclonic rains, the best time of year to travel the road actually starts in April. So if you want to pay Carol and Ross and Bronson a visit when the world is back up and running, here are a couple of things you need to know.
Most of the Great Central Road is unsealed and made of sand, so you’re going to need a decent off-road vehicle and at least 2 spare tyres to make it through there. You’ll also need to check your jack and bring a spare.
To give you a sense of just how harsh the travelling conditions are, Ross and Carol have a vehicle graveyard next to the store.
You’ll need twice as much water as you think, enough cash to last you the whole journey, and a satellite phone. This is a desert, so the heat is fierce, there’s no guarantee the cash machines are working, and there’s no mobile phone reception for the 571km between Laverton and Warburton to the east and west.
You might also want to make sure your driving skills are up to scratch as you’re going to be sharing the road with camels, emus and kangaroos. And they’re not too hot on the highway code. It’s their road not yours.
Finally, if you’re in the wrong state, the wrong country, or the wrong continent to make it there, we’ll be working with more remote stores soon. So if you can help us find them then send us your suggestion here and we can get them stocked faster.