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

Outback Way - Donohue Highway Progressive Sealing Package 3

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Mid 2022 - Mid 2028
Estimated Project Cost:$41,500,038
Australian Government Contribution:$41,500,038
Local Council/Shire:Boulia Shire Council

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.


This project is expected to start construction in late 2022 and be finished construction by mid 2028.

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Project details last updated: 4/10/2022