Plenty Highway

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Plenty Highway

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Map of central Australia with Plenty Highway highlighted in red
General information
TypeRural road
Length498 km (309 mi)
Route number(s) Australian state route 12.svg State Route 12
Major junctions
West endAustralian national highway 87.svg Stuart Highway (National Highway 87), 69 km (43 mi) north of Alice Springs
 Australian state route 14.svg Sandover Highway (State Route 14)
East end Donohue Highway, Tobermorey Homestead (NT/Queensland border)
Major settlements Atitjere, Huckitta, Jervois, Tarlton Downs

The Plenty Highway is a 498-kilometre (309 mi) outback mostly unsealed road in the Northern Territory of Australia between the Stuart Highway and north-western Queensland. [1]


The road begins at a turnoff from the Stuart Highway 68 kilometres (42 mi) north of Alice Springs, and finishes at Tobermorey Homestead on the Northern Territory/Queensland border. It then continues for another 249 kilometres (155 mi) to Boulia in Queensland, as the Donohue Highway.

The first 100 kilometres (62 mi) from the Stuart Highway to Ongeva Creek is sealed. The remaining 178 kilometres (111 mi) to Jervois Homestead is unsealed as is the rest of the track to Boulia. Information about its condition may be obtained from the Harts Range police station, 112 kilometres (70 mi) from the Stuart Highway.

East of Jervois Homestead, the road is formed earth, deteriorating to rocks and bulldust as it nears Tobermorey, 213 kilometres (132 mi) from Jervois Homestead. The road north to Urandangi and thence to Mount Isa bears left just before Tobermorey.

As at other Northern Territory or Queensland border crossings, the road may deteriorate east of the border into Queensland with deep potholes and bulldust. It is 249 kilometres (155 mi) from Tobermorey to Boulia and good camping may be found at the Georgina River, at about the 125 kilometres (78 mi) mark.

Fuel and food may be obtained at Gemtree, Atitjere community, Jervois Homestead and Boulia. As of June 2018, fuel and camping is available at Tobermorey. The Donohue Highway is not suitable for ordinary caravans and road trains up to 53 metres (174 ft) in length use both highways.

Junctions and localities

Location [2] km [2] miDestinationsNotes
Burt Plain Australian national highway 87.svg Stuart Highway (National route 87) – Alice Springs Darwin 68 kilometres (42 mi) north of Alice Springs
Anmatjere 2717Australian state route 14.svg Sandover Highway (state route 14) – Camooweal
Gemtree 7043Caravan park, fuel available
Harts Range, Atitjere 14791Fuel available
Huckitta Station 200120
Jervois Station 277172Fuel available
Tarlton Downs Station 347216
Tobermorey 492306Urandangi Road – Urandangi, Mount Isa
Tobermorey Homestead 496308Continues into Queensland as Donohue HighwayBoulia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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