Welcome to the “On the Way” web site designed to deliver travellers of the iconic Overlander’s Way easy to access important information on rest areas, travel distances, en route tourism hot spots and facilities to make your drive through the heart of Queensland’s outback a safe and pleasant one.

The Overlander’s Way is a 1,550 kilometre drive tourism route, spanning between Townsville on Queensland’s east coast, through to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Encompassing the Flinders (A6) and national Landsborough (A2) highways the route takes in the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, vast rugged cattle plains, dramatic basalt landscapes, spectacular gorges and prolific wildlife on a journey into the Outback rich with discovery, unspoilt natural beauty and friendly local characters.


how to use this site

When visiting the "On the Way" website you will find a comprehensive map that spans the Overlander’s Way. Within the map you will see a number of different colour icons relatable to the below key. By clicking on these icons you will be provided with detailed information on that particular icon such as facilities, distances to nearest towns, any applicable restrictions for the stop and/or identifiable images for tourism related stops.

For your convenience we have also included distances between each town along the route to ensure you can make informed decisions about your stops while travelling.

To make it easier for viewing on the run the map has also been designed to be interactive allowing you to move around and zoom in and out as required.

To ensure you are provided with the maximum amount of information for your travels be sure to also check out our range of useful links provided at the bottom of the page.




yellow Motorist Stopping Place purple Motorist Rest Area
lightblue Dual Use Motorist/Heavy Vehicle Rest Area pink Heavy Vehicle Rest Area
red Heavy Vehicle Stopping Place green Tourist/Scenic Stop
info Accredited Visitor Information Centre redpin Major towns on the way

distance between each town

arrow1 Townville to Charters Towers 138 kilometres sealed road (A6)
arrow1 Charters Towers to Hughenden 247 kilometres sealed road (A6)
arrow1 Hughenden to Richmond 112 kilometres sealed road (A6)
arrow1 Richmond to Julia Creek 147 kilometres sealed road (A6)
arrow1 Julia Creek to Cloncurry 137 kilometres sealed road (A2)
arrow1 Cloncurry to Mount Isa 119 kilometres sealed road (A2)
arrow1 Mount Isa to Camooweal 188 kilometres sealed road (A2)

bluedotpinTravellers Note: From Camooweal the Northern Territory Border is 13km West. The Overlander’s Way route continues through to Tennant Creek. The first major fuel stop on from Camooweal is the Barkly Homestead Wayside Inn; a travelling distance of 256km. From Barkly Homestead it is a further 190km to Three Ways where fuel and refreshments are available then a further 25km South to Tennant Creek.

Disclaimer: The locations and stops on this map have been based on best known location advice supplied by Department of Transport and Main Roads and Local Government Authorities along the Overlander’s Way. Due to varying factors accuracy of some distances and facilities identified could differ to that displayed.