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 2,800 km (1,740 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] Federal funding of A$70 million over 10 years would be required.

Key points

State/Territory LGA Location km[4] mi Destinations Notes
Western Australia Laverton Laverton 0 0.0
Warburton 554 344 Connie Sue HighwayRawlinna
Ngaanyatjarraku Warakurna / Giles 781 485 Old Gunbarrel HighwayCarnegie
807 501 Gunbarrel HighwayPipalyatjara, South Australia
Western Australia – Northern Territory border Western Australia – Northern Territory border Great Central Road in Western Australia
Tjukaruru Road in Northern Territory
Northern Territory Central Land Council Docker River 870 540
unincorporated area Yulara 1,110 690 Tjukaruru Road
Lasseter Highway (state route 4)
MacDonnell Erldunda 1,398 869 Stuart Highway (National Highway 87) – Adelaide, Darwin Lasseter Highway (state route 4)
Stuart Highway (National Highway 87)
Alice Springs Alice Springs 1,550 960
  Burt Plain 1,620 1,010 Stuart Highway (National Highway 87) Stuart Highway (National Highway 87)
Plenty Highway (State Route 12)
See map of Burt Plain[5]
Northern Territory – Queensland border 2,120 1,320 Northern Territory – Queensland border Plenty Highway (State Route 12)
Donohue Highway
Queensland Boulia Boulia 2,365 1,470 Diamantina Developmental Road (National route 83) Donohue Highway
Kennedy Developmental Road (State Route 62)
Winton Winton 2,727 1,694 Landsborough Highway (Route A2) - Longreach northeastern end of the Outback Way
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  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.

External links

  • Outback Highway official website
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