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Donohue Highway (Boulia-Tobermorey) progressive sealing project: Package 1


Progressive pave and seal of about 18km of the Donohue Highway.


Between Boulia and Tobermorey on the Donohue Highway. 

Works were undertaken in 2 sections starting 62km west of Boulia.


The project was completed in late May 2019.

  • Improved road user safety including visibility and overtaking opportunities.
  • Improved ride quality for road users.
  • Improved reliability and efficiency of freight movements.
  • Reduced road wear and damage caused by heavy vehicles.
  • Reduced road maintenance costs.

$6.25 million jointly funded by the Australian Government ($5 million), Queensland Government ($625,000) and Boulia Shire Council ($625,000).

Central Region - Central West District

Project info

The Donohue Highway forms part of the Outback Way, a 2800km route between Winton in Queensland and Laverton in Western Australia via Alice Springs and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.

In 2016, the Australian Government announced the commitment to invest $100 million to upgrade targeted sections of the Outback Way.

Works to be undertaken as part of this funding include safety and productivity improvements, such as road widening and sealing.

This project involved road construction and bitumen sealing of approximately 18km of the Donohue Highway between Boulia and Tobermorey, from a gravel road to a 6m sealed road. As part of these works, floodways were sealed to 8m to help increase flood immunity. 

Construction commenced in March 2018 and included the installation and upgrade of guide posts, signs and depth indicators at floodways.

The project was completed in late May 2019.

Further information about the broader Outback Way Program

Contact details

Phone: 07 4651 2777 (during business hours, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
Post: PO Box 3
Barcaldine QLD 4725
Last updated
30 January 2020