Graphic: Nullarbor Roadhouse
In remote areas of Australia, the humble petrol station is much more than just a fuel and snack stop.
Often found in the middle of nowhere, they are a welcome sight for weary travellers and freight drivers – providing fuel, food, friendly faces and somewhere to lay your head for the night.
After years of travelling and managing roadhouses in other parts of Australia, Dorothy and Daniel Williams recently took over running the Nullarbor Roadhouse, located on the only sealed road linking South Australia and Western Australia.
Dorothy, who is originally from Scotland, said she depends on the Flying Doctor for her daily medication, which enables her to live life to the full.
“When I came to Australia, I never thought I would experience what I have – it’s like nothing I’ve done before,” she said.
“With the remoteness and what we rely on, I appreciate the fact that there is somebody that can help me if I had an accident. My partner might need it, or some kids might need it.
“The RFDS is something that I think everybody should get behind.”
For the team at the Nullarbor Roadhouse, the nearest health clinic is in Ceduna, a three-hour drive along Highway One.
Roadhouse staff member Cassy Kent said the RFDS’s regular “fly-in” clinics relieve the stress of having to make the trek for medical checks.
“I’ve had a couple of check-ups with the RFDS team – they come out once a month and it’s relatively the same team, so it’s really nice to see a familiar face and be able to talk to the same doctors and nurses,” she said.
"I don’t have to travel so far away to get those services – if I need their help, they’re here."
The Flying Doctor is proud to support outback roadhouses across South Australia, so that staff can remain healthy, happy and be there for travellers when they need a break.