Matilda Way

Longreach, Longreach Area

The Matilda Way is one road that most definitely leads to adventure, and a different one each day. The fully sealed 1812 kilometre highway that stretches from the New South Wales border all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria can be completed in as little as 24 hours. But, that's one heck of a drive and you'll be missing out on the 'real outback' and its friendly characters, unique attractions and unspoiled natural sites.

Four days is a comfortable drive, depending on how long you stay in each town. The road itself is fully sealed although, as you'll be sharing it with huge road trains and a selection of stock and native animals, it pays to be wary and understand outback road courtesy. When a truck is approaching, the best and most polite approach is to pull off onto the side of the road and wait for the truck to pass. You'll protect your vehicle from rock damage and the truckies will thank you for it. As you're travelling, check the byways along the route; there are plenty of side-trips that add to the overall outback experience.

Journey Details

4 Days
Itinerary Type
One Way
Mode of Travel
1812 Kilometres
Itinerary Route
One Way
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children


  • Astronomy
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Crabbing
  • Farm/Station
  • Fishing - Estuary
Landsborough Highway
Longreach, Longreach Area

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