The partially sealed Outback Way links Laverton with Winton in central Queensland, via the red centre of the Northern Territory. From Laverton it's a mere 1098km to Yulara, 1541km to Alice Springs and 2720km to Winton! 'The longest shortcut' from Perth to Cairns is a tremendous road trip and by 2025, it should be completely paved. Permits required.
The road is sandy and corrugated in places, but it's wide and suitable for all vehicles. It can be closed for several days after rain. Fuel is available at roughly 300km intervals on the WA side.