Welcome to Northwest Corner
The alternative route south from Normanton is the Burke Developmental Rd (also called the Matilda Hwy), which is sealed all the way to Cloncurry (380km), where it joins the Barkly and Flinders Hwys. Flood-way signs give you an idea of how big the waters get in the Wet.
Everyone stops at the Burke & Wills Roadhouse to down a cold drink or refuel. From here the sealed Wills Developmental Rd shoots west to Gregory, from where you can continue north to Burketown or west to Boodjamulla National Park.