Fast fuel, good food, clean showers – and truckies don’t have to queue behind tourists to order a meal. Tamara Whitsed visits the BP Barnawartha and came away impressed
ANDREW RATABUA is just about to bite into a chicken burger with the lot when
Owner//Driver interrupts his lunch at BP Barnawartha to take his photograph.
He is one of three truckies sitting in the truckies’ lounge, watching TV and reading newspapers while they eat. Andrew says the burger is “fantastic”. He visits BP Barnawartha because of the clean showers, good food and helpful staff.
Opened by Spargo Group in 2014, BP Barnawartha is 15km south of Wodonga at the Logic Centre on the Murray Valley Highway, just off the Hume Highway.
It is near Woolworths’ distribution centre and SCT Logistics’ new rail hub. The Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange (NVLX) is just up the road.
BP Barnawartha boasts easy access for B-doubles and large trucks, ultra-high-flow diesel pumps, parking for 45 trucks, an 18-bay trailer exchange and a weighbridge.
“We have water and air at each fuel bay,” says site manager Charlie Curcuruto. “And we have a platform ladder at each fuel bay so they can climb up and do their windshields.”
Charlie says most truckies who fuel there stay for a meal. Some grab something quick from Hungry Jack’s, but most go to Café One which offers cooked meals 24/7. Café One’s menu ranges from sandwiches to rump steaks and its popular all-day big breakfasts.
There are quick options too – Owner//Driver grabbed a toasted sandwich from Café One’s bain-marie.
“Everyone realises truckies are our main business and we’re focused on servicing the truckies first,” Charlie says. There is no need to queue up behind tourists because there is a servery in the truckies’ lounge.
Nestled in a quiet area away from the public, the truckies’ lounge is a relaxing place to wind down before climbing back into the truck for a sleep. Or if you want to stay alert, you have the option of watching television in a sunlit shared area just outside the truckies’ lounge. “You’ve got the full wall of glass. It’s full of sunshine,” Charlie says. Enjoying fresh air in the outside dining area can also help combat fatigue.
The beauty of BP Barnawartha is that you have so many options. It really is a truck stop with the lot. We’ve asked around. Some drivers say the clean showers are the main reason they stop at there. If you’ve forgotten your towel or toiletries, the convenience store’s wide range includes the necessities.
Truck drivers can wash and dry their clothes in the laundry during their long breaks.
“We’re building a good rapport with the trucking community,” Charlie says. “As site manager, I always have my breaks in the truckies’ lounge to talk to the truckies and ask if there’s anything we can improve. I’m working with the truckies to try to make it better all the time.” BP Barnawartha gets a big thumbs up from
Owner//Driver. Truck drivers deserve more truck stops with this standard of amenity and service.
Site manager Charlie Curcuruto and Café One manager Marilyn Howes-Carpenter at Café One
Relaxing in the truckies’ lounge, Andrew Ratabua recommends the chicken burger with the lot
Forgot your toiletries? Stock up at the convenience store.