• Funding program Investment Road and Rail Program
  • Status Under construction
  • Transport mode Road
  • Expected start/finish Early 2023 - Mid 2028
  • Estimated project cost $41,500,038
  • Australian Government contribution $41,500,038
  • Local Council/Shire Boulia Shire Council
  • State QLD

Project description

The Outback Way is a 2,720 kilometre route linking Laverton in Western Australia to Winton in Queensland, via Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. This project is fully funded by the Australian Government and will be led by Boulia Shire Council to
progressively seal the remaining unsealed sections of the Donohue Highway. The Donohue Highway is currently unsealed and in poor condition in various sections.  A sealed route will increase the safety, accessibility and reliability of the route and improve the
inter-jurisdictional transport network. Upgrades will open opportunities for numerous industries along the corridor, including freight, pastoralism, agriculture, mining and tourism. A sealed route will also deliver social and economic benefits for communities by improving access to goods andservices and increased employment opportunities. This project is part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to sealing and upgrading the Outback Way.


Improved travel times and safety, improved efficiency and route reliability, improved freight productivity, improved connectivity between people with jobs and services, and goods with markets.


Total funding of $41.5 million, fully funded by the Australian Government.


Construction was started in early 2023 and is expected to be completed by mid 2028.

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