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Outback Way Upgrades

Cosmo Newbery, Laverton, Ngaanyatjarra-Giles, Warburton


  • Road

    Project type
  • $46.5 million

    Total budget
  • Under Construction

    Project phase
  • Main Roads WA

    Lead agency
  • 850

    Jobs supported

The Outback Way is an iconic 2,800 kilometre route from Laverton in Western Australia to Winton in Queensland via Alice Springs. It is often referred to as Australia’s Longest Shortcut.

The Great Central Road is the gazetted name for the route within WA, which consists of the 855 kilometre section from Laverton to the WA/NT border.

Almost 800 kilometres of the remaining unsealed sections of the Outback Way are in Western Australia and this project will include widening and sealing sections of road along the iconic route.

A 50 km section of road was sealed in 2018 by the Shire of Laverton. The next component of works, sealing a 40km section of road, from the end of the existing seal 12 km east of Laverton, is currently underway.


  • Improved transport network across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland
  • Improved road safety
  • Increased regional connectivity and reduce travel times
  • Improved access to health and social services
  • Local job and contract opportunities

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