Travel Route: Overlanders Way

Overlanders Way

Take on all 1550 km of Overlanders Way and experience a self-drive adventure like no other. Originally an important line during World War II, this track takes you from the ocean to the heart of the outback on the adventure of a life time.


Top 5 Things to Do

Check out the rodeo at Brunette Downs station and experience horse racing, rodeos, campdrafting and more
Do a pit stop at both the Barkly Homestead and Threeways Roadhouse and grab a cold drink or stay the night at one of the many accommodation options
Visit Connells Lagoon and see the native flora and fauna
Make sure you visit Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles and walk among these giant ancient boulders
Stopover in Tennant Creek and immerse yourself in the local Indigenous culture
Title: Battery Hill Mining & Visitor Centre, Tennant Creek | Copyright: Northern Territory Tourism

Battery Hill Mining & Visitor Centre, Tennant Creek

Title: Brunette Downs Races | Copyright: Northern Territory Tourism

Brunette Downs Races



Day 1: Townsville to Charter Towers

Travel: 138km

Make your way from Townsville in Queensland to Charter Towers and discover a surplus of rich history including World War II bunkers and the Pioneers Cemetery. Finish the day with a juicy steak at the local Cattleman’s Steakhouse Restaurant.

Day 2: Charter Towers to Hughenden

Travel: 252km

Stop by Hughenden on the banks of the Flinders River and check out ‘Hughie’ the full-size dinosaur skeleton discovered in 1963.

Day 3: Hughenden to Richmond

Travel: 115km

Spend the day relaxing in Hughenden and learn more about everything dinosaur. Be sure to check out the Hughenden Dinosaur Festival if you’re in town too and have the time of your life.

Day 4: Richmond to Julia Creek

Travel: 149km

Stop for the night beside the waters of Julia Creek and tuck into a relaxing dinner in front of a spectacular sunset. Take in the sights and sounds of native wildlife as you revel in this peaceful spot.

Day 5: Julia Creek to Cloncurry

Travel: 137km

Continue on your drive and check out the cattle-grazing town of Cloncurry and read up on the history of the first Royal Flying Doctor Service established in 1928.

Day 6: Cloncurry to Mount Isa

Travel: 120km

Bring your party shoes and jump into the famous Mount Isa Rodeo and Mardi Gras celebrations run in Mount Isa.

Day 7: Mount Isa to Camooweal

Travel: 190km

Enter the ‘Gateway to the Northern Territory’ through Camooweal and explore amazing cave formations on the edge of the Barkly Tablelands at the Camooweal Caves National Park. Feel free to camp out amongst the wildlife and brace yourself for breathtaking sunsets.

Day 8: Camooweal to Tennant Creek

Travel: 470km

Now it’s just a short drive to the NT border, and there’s plenty to do before you hit Tennant Creek. Immerse yourself in the Indigenous culture at Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre, or as you ride the trails by horseback with a traditional owner guide. Discover the fascinating exploration and pioneering history including the days of the gold rush at Battery Hill Mining & Visitor Centre.

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