The Outback Highway or Outback Way is one of Australia’s great four wheel drive odysseys. It extends 2,800 km (1,740 mi) from Laverton, Western Australia to Winton, Queensland via central Australia. It’s known as Australia's longest shortcut and is an adventure track you will never forget.
This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. 4 wheeling is an inherently dangerous activity and shouldn’t be attempted without the appropriate training and equipment. To travel the entire Outback Way requires no less than 3 to 4 days of daytime travel (travelling at night is not recommended), although typically 6 to 7 days of daytime travel is required to stop and enjoy a majority of the highlights of central Australia.
Due its unique location passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. The Outback Way has around 1750kms of unsealed road that requires upgrading to an all-weather gravel surface. You will need a 4WD to complete this track as you mainly travel along unsealed roads, allowing you to see some of Australia’s untouched areas.
The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! The trip itself is home to an impressive collection of sites and places of interest for travellers. These include iconic scenery such as Ayers Rock, the Olga’s, Peterman and MacDonnell Ranges. Seven interconnecting roads and highways make up the Outback Way route including the: Great Central Road, Tjukaruru Road, Lasseter Highway, Stuart Highway, Plenty Highway, Donohue Highway and Min Min Byway.
Check weather forecasts before leaving home, and remember that along this trail you will pass through many different types of climates, landscapes and Australian scenery from the tropical climate in Cairns through to the heart of Australia, Alice Springs and then on to the outback desert in Western Australia. The track cuts through the middle of Australia travelling through 3 different states: Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle.