The Outback Way

The Outback Way travels from Winton in Queensland, through Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and all the way over to Laverton in Western Australia. This 2,720 kilometre stretch of road is affectionately known as ‘Australia’s longest shortcut’, as it provides the most direct route across the vast expanse of Central Australia. Along the journey, travellers will see iconic landmarks such as Uluru, as well as native Australian wildlife and stunning landscapes that have to be seen to be believed.

Road Conditions Along Australia’s Longest Shortcut

Today, around 90% of this stretch of highway has now been sealed, although some sections (mostly in WA) are still gravel or dirt road. For the most part, driving along The Outback Way is now smooth and comfortable, although a 4WD with good ground clearance is still recommended to navigate the remaining unsealed sections of road.

The Outback Way Upgrade

Recently, the Australian Government committed over $100 million towards upgrading this magnificent stretch of road, which has paved the way for the majority of the Outback Way now being properly sealed. Some sections that currently remain unsealed have been upgraded with level 3 gravel for much smoother and safer road conditions. The promise of more upgrades is in the pipeline to ultimately see the entire Outback Way fully sealed and safe for all vehicle models.

Outback Way

The Outback Way Map

Fuel spots

Before embarking on a trip along The Outback Way, you’ll want to know your vehicle’s fuel capacity and take extra jerry cans of fuel with you as backup. Fuel stops can be few and far between in some sections, so always carry enough fuel to travel 600km to be on the safe side. You can stop for fuel at:

  • WA - Laverton, Tjukayirla Roadhouse, Warburton, Warakurna
  • Lasseter Hwy - Docker River, Yulara, Curtin Springs
  • Stuart Hwy - Erldunda Roadhouse, Stuarts Well Roadhouse, Alice Springs
  • Plenty Hwy - Gemtree, Harts Range, Jervois, Tobermorey Station
  • QLD - Boulia, Middleton, Winton


Camping/Accommodation Spots

Along the route, there are numerous locations where you can stop for the night, including resorts, motels, caravan parks and cabins, as well as numerous camping grounds where you can pitch a tent. All spots where fuel is available above also has some form of accommodation. 

Use the interactive map here to see fuel, accommodation, and places of interest.

Safety Precautions for driving in The Outback

It can always be precarious driving through Australia’s outback, so safety precautions are a must. Along with carrying extra fuel, always have a toolkit with you, maps and a GPS, a generous supply of water and a satellite phone, if possible. In the event of a breakdown, don’t leave your vehicle and wander off looking for help. Stay with the protection of your vehicle until help arrives.


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