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 as the resident musician
  • Her closest Woolworths and Kmart is across the Queensland border in Mount Isa
  • She drives four 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 extremely remote town has told of how she crosses state borders on a ten hour round trip just to get groceries and shop at Kmart.  

Ell Regan, 28, lives in Barkly homestead in 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 is a country singer originally from New South Wales, recently went viral on TikTok after posting a video as she was crossing the Territory border coming back from a shop.

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

Ell Regan, 28, lives in Barkly homestead in 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 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

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

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

‘I will never take for granted the two Woolworths, one Coles and one Harris farm that are within 500m of my apartment ever again,’ one woman wrote.   

‘I go to Woolies on the daily five min away. How do you do it!’ a second exclaimed while another joked: ‘Imagine you forgot something’. 

In a second clip that has been viewed more than 454,200 times, Ell explains 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. 

‘We also have IGA which is two hours away in Tennant Creek but I really wanted to go to Kmart so I went interstate to Mount Isa,’ she explained. 

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

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

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

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

Ell said she always opts for a click and collect because a grocery shop after the tiring drive is ‘the last thing’ she wants 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 chance once a week, she now won’t go for another fortnight or month.

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

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