I’m sure you can all appreciate how challenging it has been to try and guess how many visitors are travelling and what hours they may be driving past in remote Australia.
Curtin Springs continues to provide services for visitors driving in the region, in a way that is safe for our visitors and viable from a business point of view.
It is important for visitors to appreciate that small businesses cannot open unless customers are putting sufficient sales through our tills to cover the costs of being open.
We would also ask that you remember that every single service you expect - has a cost.
Small business can usually absorb these costs as part of their wider business – on the ‘swings and roundabout’ basis. And are happy to do so.
However, there has to be swings AND roundabouts happening.
All the small business owners and operators in the region would ask visitors to respect the services that we are able to offer, appreciate what is available in our very remote areas and please do not focus on what is not available at the moment.
With the current visitor numbers, AND WHAT THEY ARE SPENDING, we are operating on much shorter hour than would normally be the case.
So, until the road traffic increases dramatically, our plan is continue to offer a range of services from 7am until 7pm.
We will have the doors of the store open between 11am until 7pm.
We are onsite and available from 7am - 11am for breakfast/lunch, fuel and items from the store, however we may not physically have the door of the store open during these hours. Come looking for us if we haven't seen you!
Dinner with a limited menu will be available between 6.30pm and 7pm.
If you are booked into our accommodation or campground, please plan your check in for well before 7pm. Please remember it is not safe to be travelling after dark.
The campground and public facilities are currently open. Please come into the store on arrival and check in, book in and and collect your information.
If it is extremely quiet on any particular evening, we will close EARLIER than 7pm.
It is always wise to call ahead and check the current situation, particularly as you get closer to arriving in the region.
HOWEVER, you must do your part and plan your trip well.
Think back to what the planning would have been like to travel to remote Central Australia in the 1970s!
The classic lack of planning on your part does NOT mean an emergency for someone else!
Keep your vehicles topped up with fuel, fill up every time you can.
Check on opening hours of fuel stops. Some places have closed completely, some are on limited hours.
(If you haven't filled your vehicle in 3 days, then we will be available at 7am to get you back on your way!)
Travel with more than one spare tyre. Travel with sufficient water, light snacks (eg dried fruit). Please don't expect your mobile to work in most of the region. Please make sure that you let family or friends know your plans and check in with them regularly.
We have implemented the Covid-19 food business plan (as requested by the NT Government). This encompasses staff training, physical distancing, room capacity, and strict hygiene standards. Aside from ensuring our staff and customers follow strict hygiene practices, we are also following social distancing rules across the entire site.