In 1991, a new complex was built to accommodate the workshop and fuel sales. Initially known as ‘Birdsville Auto’, the general store was soon added to the site, becoming an integral part of the business.
Now called the ‘Birdsville Roadhouse’, it’s the town’s main source of food and supplies, fuel, mechanical repairs and a great range of souvenirs, postcards and books.
With over 40 years of mechanical experience, Barnes’y has faced it all, particularly considering that over half of this time has been spent in outback Australia. He’s especially well-known for his vehicle rescues in the Simpson Desert and on the Birdsville Track, where he will travel for up to 300km to recover a car, trailer or caravan.