Donohue Highway

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Donohue Highway
QueenslandNorthern Territory
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Donohue Highway (depicted in blue and white)
General information
Type Track
Length 249 km (155 mi)
Major junctions
West end Plenty Highway (State Route 12), Tobermorey Homestead, Northern Territory (near NT/Qld Border)
East end Diamantina Developmental Road (National Route 83), near Boulia, Queensland

The Donohue Highway is 249 km (155 mi) mostly unpaved outback track that leads through the northern foothills of the Simpson Desert in Queensland to Tobermorey Homestead, Northern Territory near the Northern Territory/Queensland border.

The road branches from the Diamantina Developmental Road 7 km (4 mi) north-west of Boulia and proceeds towards the Northern Territory. The Georgina River is at about the 166 km mark and 83 km further is Tobermorey, a town with 20 inhabitants. From here the trail continues as the Plenty Highway towards Alice Springs.[1] The route is mostly unpaved and marked by corrugations, deep potholes and bulldust (fine red desert dust). However, in 2009 further development in the form of river crossings were initially attached and further parts of the road are paved.[2] Despite the improvements to the track, it is often impassable after heavy rain.[3]

The Donohue Highway along its entire length forms part of the Outback Highway, which runs 2,800 km through central Australia.

Major intersections[edit]

This route has no major intersections.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hema Maps (2006). Australia easy read road and 4WD atlas (7th ed.). Eight Mile Plains, Qld.: Hema Maps. ISBN 978-1-86500-395-5. 
  2. ^ " - Queensland Black Spot Projects" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Plenty Highway". Retrieved 2009-05-05.