Skip links and keyboard navigation

Donohue Highway (Boulia - Tobermorey) progressive sealing project


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


Between Boulia and Tobermorey on the Donohue Highway. 

Works are taking place in 2 sections with the project starting about 62km west of Boulia.


Mid-2019, weather permitting.

  • Improved road user safety including visibility and overtaking opportunities.
  • Improved ride quality for road users.
  • Improved reliability and efficiency of freight movements.
  • Reduced accelerated road wear and damage caused by heavy vehicles.
  • Reduced whole-of-life asset 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. 

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 involves pavement construction and bitumen sealing of approximately 18km of the Donohue Highway between Boulia and Tobermorey, from a gravel road to a 6m bitumen seal on an 8m formation. As part of these works, floodways will be sealed to an 8m seal on an 8m formation, which will increase flood immunity.

Construction commenced in March 2018 with works to also include the installation and upgrade of road furniture including guide posts, signs and depth indicators at floodways.

Further information about the broader Outback Way Program.

Donohue Highway map

Contact details

Phone: 07 4651 2777
Post: PO Box 3
Barcaldine QLD 4725

Media gallery

Work is underway to seal more sections of the Donohue Highway.

Donohue Highway sealing

Donohue Highway sealing


Last updated
06 August 2019