Barkly Highway

The Barkly Highway is a national highway linking Queensland and the Northern Territory. It is the main transport route between Queensland and the Northern Territory, consequently many road trains use it.

The Barkly Highway runs westward from Cloncurry and the junctions of the Flinders and Landsborough highways to the junction with the Stuart Highway north of Tennant Creek. The entire highway is part of the National Highway system: it is assigned National Route 66; the Queensland portion was recently redesignated as National Route A2.

An upgrade of the Queensland section of the highway between Mount Isa and Camooweal was completed in 2008 and despite numerous floods, the Queensland sections of road are usually in good condition.


On the Northern Territory side, a section near the Queensland Border can be quite rough, otherwise the Territory side is good with the state's 130 km per hour applicable along most of its length.

Driving notes, maps etc.

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