Plenty Highway, also known as State Route 12, is a 498 km (309 mi) outback mostly unsealed road located in the Northern Territory, Australia. The road stretches from Western Queensland to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
Is the Plenty Highway bitumen?
The road is mostly unsealed running through some of the most isolated area’s in the country. The first 100km (Stuart Highway to Ongeva Creek) is sealed. The rest is a well maintained dirt road. Portions of the road may be temporarily closed due to road work or inclement weather. The road begins at a turnoff from the Stuart Highway 68 kilometres north of Alice Springs, and finishes at Tobermorey Homestead on the Northern Territory/Queensland border. Many areas continue to be prone to floods. The road was originally used as a cattle property access road.
How long does it take to drive the Plenty Highway?
Due its unique location and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. The drive takes two or three days to appreciate everything that the road has to offer. There are long stretches of extreme bulldust and big holes (making it a dry weather road only). Best time of year is May to October (avoid summer months).