The road journey from Sydney to Darwin isn’t for the faint- hearted. From the snow and ice of the Blue Mountains, across the barren plains of western New South Wales, into Queensland’s flood prone channel country and the emptiness the Territory, to the tropical conditions of Darwin … this 4,500km trip is a great challenge.
Twenty years ago William Shaw set out from Sydney in his first Kenworth,
with his first road train of freight, on his first trip to Darwin.The mission was simple – travel safely, arrive on time, deliver the freight in good condition, and earn the respect of a satisfied client … then do it all again the next week.
Every week since then, an increasing number of the red and blue Kenworths operated by William Shaw’s company, Shaw’s Darwin Transport and Logistics Services, have been making the long haul to Darwin.
Today the company owns 20 prime movers, has a turnover in excess of $15 million and employs more than 60 people.The key to surviving and growing for 20 years in the tough world of transport is: “finding a niche and sticking to it,” according to Managing Director, Will Shaw.
“We won’t move anything that’s not by road train. We operate the heaviest ‘highway’ specification road train available – three trailer combinations with a gross mass of 120 tonnes.
Few organisations have the knowledge, experience or commitment to operate scheduled services over such distances and conditions.
To ensure driver safety, we use a ‘double-up’ system, which means we always have two drivers in the trucks – while one’s driving the other is sleeping.