Some 17,000 litres of fuel was pumped from bowsers at one North West roadhouse in a week of madness which saw huge lines of caravans snaking their way up and down the Great Northern Highway at the peak of the busiest tourism season on record. Footage of long queues of caravans at Sandfire Roadhouse between Port Hedland and Broome shot by blogger We Xplore Travel went viral on social media this month. Further south of Sandfire, Pardoo Roadhouse manager Mark Stubbs said he had been struggling to keep up with demand. “Owners are saying this is the busiest year on record,” he said. “We are using nearly 200 litres a week of milk for coffees and we sold 17,000 litres of diesel in one day. “The owners have compared the records to previous years and we smashed the record three times in one week.” Mr Stubbs said he only could laugh when he saw the footage of the northern roadhouse. “I used to be a regular at Sandfire — I’ve seen it busy but I’ve never seen it that busy,” he said. “With us there has been a few days where there has been five or six cars deep on either side. “Probably 75 to 80 per cent of the cars are caravans.” Sandfire Roadhouse owner Ken Norton said the day the viral video was taken, was the busiest day he had experienced in his fifty years working there. “That was out of the box that one, if it was like that continuously I would be able to retire,” he said. “That was definitely because of the school holidays and I think it was people from the Pilbara heading back from the Kimberley. “From May to June has been a lot busier than normal and there’s a lot more caravans on the road.” Mr Norton said lockdown anxiety was leading more West Australians to get behind the wheel.o “If I was going to Perth I’d drive because when I get down there I could be locked down in 24 hours,” he said. “By driving, at least with the caravan you have somewhere to stay.” Mr Stubbs and Mr Norton both believe business will quieten down now school holidays are over.