Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

2013 Outback Way - Western Australia Works

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2017 - Mid 2023
Estimated Project Cost:$22,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$11,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Shire of Laverton,Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku

Project Description

The Western Australian component of the Outback Way project will upgrade 67km of road in the Shires of Laverton and Ngaanyatjarraku. The 2,800km Outback Way links Winton in Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia. It is often referred to as “Australia’s longest shortcut”. The road is used for tourism, mining and the cattle industries. It is a mix of sealed and unsealed sections of road.


The project is anticipated to generate benefits for tourism, mining and freight along the Outback Way route, which in Western Australia traverses the Shires of Laverton and Ngaanyatjarraku as the Great Central Road.


The Australian Government is contributing $11 million towards the $22 million project, as part of the commitment made in 2013.


Construction is underway, with works expected to be completed by mid 2023.

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Project details last updated: 27/10/2022