Woman's 'crazy' 450km Woolworths trip every two weeks: 'HOW?'

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A click and collect order from your local Woolworths may be a time-saver for some but for one woman, her supermarket pickup is an epic 10-hour round trip.

Ell Regan and her husband Les live at Barkly Homestead in the Northern Territory with their one-year-old son Clancy, which is halfway between Tennant Creek in the NT and Camooweal in Queensland.

"Our closest IGA is in Tennant Creek which is 211km away, so about a two hour drive," Ms Regan explained to Yahoo News Australia.

Ell Regan made the TikTok which has now been viewed over 54.5 thousand times of her trip to Woolworths.
Ell Regan made the TikTok which has now been viewed over 54.5 thousand times. Source: TikTok/ ell.regan

"Our closest Woolworths or Kmart [is in] Mt Isa so we cross the border to Queensland and it is about 450km away, so about 4.5 to 5-hour drive one way."

Ms Regan said they do shop in Tennant Creek occasionally and when other workers at the homestead go to the IGA they'll pick up groceries for each other.

"But a lot of the time things aren’t available so you have to go shopping at Woolies or Coles anyway," she said, adding they stock up on groceries in Mt Isa when they can.

They sometimes make the trip to Mount Isa every two weeks, Ms Regan said.

She made a TikTok of her journey home from a Woolworths run, jokingly writing "really needed some TimTams", where it was viewed and liked thousands of times and users in awe of the huge drive.

"I didn’t expect the video to be viewed so many times, it’s been quite odd having people stop in and say hi because of one 30 second video," she laughed.

TikTokers gobsmacked over long drive for groceries

TikTok users couldn't believe the long journey the family regularly takes for a grocery run.

"I will never take for granted the 2 Woolworths, 1 Coles and 1 Harris Farm that are within 500m of my apartment ever again," one woman declared.

"No home delivery then," joked another.

"Go to Woolies on the daily 5 min away HOW DO YOU DO IT," another exclaimed.

The homestead is half-way between Tennant Creek in the NT and Camooweal in QLD.
The homestead is half-way between Tennant Creek in the NT and Camooweal in QLD. Source: Google Maps

"Crazy," one person said.

Ms Regan said she was surprised at how many people weren't aware of how big Australia is.

"I’m equally as shocked at why people won’t leave the city to see our incredible country," she said.

"Australia is full of so many surprises, especially in the outback, I would love for people to get out into our country and see it for themselves."

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