Outback Highway

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The Kennedy Development Road between Middleton and Boulia, 2011

The Outback Highway or Outback Way is a series of roads and dirt tracks linking Winton, Queensland and Laverton, Western Australia. At 2,700 km (1,678 mi), it crosses Central Australia (colloquially known as the Outback), passing through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.[1]

It has been proposed as a development to provide an inland route between southern Western Australia and northern Queensland as an alternative to the National Highway 1 along either coast.[2]

Roads that make up the highway are:

Support for the project is strong amongst local government areas along the route and elsewhere.[3] The project has secured over $400M 80% Federal funding and 20% from WA, NT & Qld governments. As at June 2021 there is 1200km to seal.

Key points[edit]

Western AustraliaLavertonLaverton00.0
Warburton554344Connie Sue HighwayRawlinna
NgaanyatjarrakuWarakurna / Giles781485Old Gunbarrel HighwayCarnegie
807501Gunbarrel HighwayPipalyatjara, South Australia
Western Australia – Northern Territory borderWestern Australia – Northern Territory borderGreat Central Road in Western Australia
Tjukaruru Road in Northern Territory
Northern TerritoryMacDonnell RegionDocker River870540
unincorporated areaYulara1,110690Tjukaruru Road
Lasseter Highway (state route 4)
MacDonnell RegionErldunda1,398869 Stuart Highway (National Highway 87) – Adelaide, Darwin Lasseter Highway (state route 4)
Stuart Highway (National Highway 87)
Alice SpringsAlice Springs1,550960
 Burt Plain1,6201,010 Stuart Highway (National Highway 87) Stuart Highway (National Highway 87)
Plenty Highway (State Route 12)
See map of Burt Plain[5]
Northern Territory – Queensland border2,1201,320Northern Territory – Queensland border Plenty Highway (State Route 12)
Donohue Highway
QueenslandBouliaBoulia2,3651,470 Diamantina Developmental Road (National route 83)Donohue Highway
Kennedy Developmental Road (State Route 62)
WintonWinton2,7271,694 Landsborough Highway (Route A2) - Longreachnortheastern end of the Outback Way
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Morris, Nathan (3 October 2016). "The Outback Way: What a sealed road from WA to Queensland will mean for regional communities". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ BSD Consultants.(1998) Outback Highway feasibility study : final report / prepared for Main Roads Western Australia, Northern Territory Department of Transport and Works, and Main Roads Queensland ; prepared by BSD Consultants Pty. Ltd. Subiaco, WA "March 1998"
  3. ^ "Councils back outback highway push". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  4. ^ Google (23 January 2017). "Outback Highway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  5. ^ Google (1 August 2017). "Burt Plain, Northern Territory" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 1 August 2017.

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