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Northern Territory mum who travels ten hours to go to Woolworths and Kmart goes viral on TikTok

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Meet the young Aussie mum, 28, who travels 450km and 10 HOURS to do her grocery shop and ‘pop in’ to Kmart every two weeks

  • An Australian mum has shared how she drives five hours to do her grocery shop
  • Ell Regan lives at Barkly Homestead, Northern Territory because the resident musician
  • Her closest Woolworths and Kmart is across the Queensland border in Mount Isa
  • She drives 4 hours and 40 minutes to and from Mt Isa to get her groceries
  • Mount Isa Woolworths is closer to Ell than the one in Alice Springs 719km away

An Australian woman living in an especially distant town has told of how she crosses state borders on a ten hour round trip simply to get groceries and shop at Kmart.  

Ell Regan, 28, lives in Barkly homestead within the Northern Territory and travels 450 kilometres across the Queensland border to her closest Woolworths and Kmart in Mount Isa every two weeks to fetch her groceries. 

The mum-of-one, who’s a rustic singer originally from Latest South Wales, recently went viral on TikTok after posting a video as she was crossing the Territory border getting back from a store.

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Ell Regan, 28, lives in Barkly homestead within the Northern Territory and travels 450 kilometres across the Queensland border to Woolworths and Kmart in Mount Isa to fetch her groceries

In a TikTok clip, Ell explained she drives four hours and 40 minutes across the border as the Woolworths and Kmart in Mount Isa is closer than those in Alice Springs 719 kilometres away

In a TikTok clip, Ell explained she drives 4 hours and 40 minutes across the border because the Woolworths and Kmart in Mount Isa is closer than those in Alice Springs 719 kilometres away

‘Ten hour round trip to go get a click and collect from Woolies and pop into Kmart,’ she said within the clip captioned ‘really needed some TimTams’. 

Viewers took to the comments to precise their shock at the intense lengths Ell has to go to for a browse in Kmart.

‘I won’t ever take as a right the 2 Woolworths, one Coles and one Harris farm which are inside 500m of my apartment ever again,’ one woman wrote.   

‘I’m going to Woolies on the day by day five min away. How do you do it!’ a second exclaimed while one other joked: ‘Imagine you forgot something’. 

In a second clip that has been viewed greater than 454,200 times, Ell explains she drives 4 hours and 40 minutes across the border because the Woolworths and Kmart in Mount Isa is closer than those in Alice Springs 719 kilometres away. 

‘We even have IGA which is 2 hours away in Tennant Creek but I actually desired to go to Kmart so I went interstate to Mount Isa,’ she explained. 

The mum-of-one, a rustic singer originally from Latest South Wales, recently went viral on TikTok after posting a video in regards to the extreme lengths she has to go to for a browse in Kmart

The mum-of-one is the resident musician at the homestead where she lives with her toddler and husband

The Barkly Homestead is between Tennant creek within the Northern Territory and Camooweal in Queensland – Ell recently became their resident musician after moving there along with her family

Ell said she at all times opts for a click and collect because a grocery shop after the tiring drive is ‘the very last thing’ she desires to do and that ‘surprisingly’ nothing from her order was missing, swapped or substituted. 

When asked how often she makes the ‘dead straight’ drive, Ell explained while she gets the possibility once every week, she now won’t go for one more fortnight or month.

The Barkly Homestead is a distant roadhouse between Tennant creek within the Northern Territory and Camooweal in Queensland and Ell recently became their resident musician after moving along with her husband and toddler ahead of the busy tourist season. 

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