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

Central Australian Tourism Roads

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2024 - Late 2028
Estimated Project Cost:$165,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$132,000,000

Project Description

The Central Australian Tourism Roads are part of a regional program of infrastructure projects to support the recovery of nationally iconic tourism destinations. This project will complete the upgrade and sealing of the Outer Mereenie Loop (Red Centre Way). It will improve access to tourist attractions such as Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), the West MacDonnell Ranges, and Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Improved connectivity will enhance visitor experiences, support the tourism industry in Central Australia and assist COVID recovery for the region.


Benefits include: Improved efficiency and network reliability, improved road safety for all road users and improved connectivity between people with jobs and services, and goods with markets.


Total funding of $165 million (Australian Government funding: $132 million, Northern Territory Government contribution: $33 million).


This project is expected to commence construction in early 2024 and be completed by late 2028.

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Project details last updated: 2/06/2022