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Outback Way - 2018 Budget Commitment

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Not started
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2018 - Mid 2017
Estimated Project Cost:$200,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$160,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Boulia Shire Council,Winton Shire Council,Shire of Laverton,Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku,Central Desert Shire Council

Project Description

The Outback Way route links Laverton in Western Australia with Winton in Queensland, via Alice Springs and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. The route measures approximately 2,800 kilometres, and is a key tourism drive, and freight route for the mining and pastoral industries.

The project will involve sealing, reconstructing, and widening priority sections of the route across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia to improve safety, travel times and remote area accessibility.


It is expected this commitment will deliver the following benefits:

  • improved interstate connectivity between Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia
  • improved travel times and operating costs along the corridor
  • improved flood immunity along the corridor
  • improved access to remote communities
  • improved road safety for all road users


The Australian Government is contributing $160 million towards this project.

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Project details last updated: 8/05/2018