Planning your trip
Long distances, country roads, unfamiliar traffic conditions and the weather can all take you by surprise when travelling by road. When travelling long distances, remember to stop and rest as soon as you feel tired.
Distances and driving
The Guide to Queensland Roads shows types of surfaces, distances, travelling times and rest areas on principal roads through Queensland.
Rest areas are there for you to stop and rest, making your trip safer and more enjoyable.
Rest areas are not long-term camping areas. However motorists are able to take extended rest breaks at certain sites.
Rules on the length of stay at rest areas vary between controlling authorities. You can stay up to 20 hours, including overnight, at some Department of Transport and Main Roads rest areas. They help you manage fatigue. These are shown as 'TMR' in blue under the 'Control' column within the rest area document below.
You cannot stay overnight at Transport and Main Roads rest areas shown as 'TMR' in red.
The motorist rest areas and driver reviver sites listing provides GPS co-ordinates, distance from the nearest town, controlling authority and facilities available at each site.
Heavy vehicle rest areas are for rest and safety of truck drivers. Caravans are not considered heavy vehicles, and should not stop at these locations.
A list of heavy vehicle rest areas, dual use motorist and heavy vehicle rest areas and scenic stops is now available. The list includes GPS co-ordinates, distance from the nearest town, controlling authority and facilities available at each site
Wet season and flooding
At certain times of the year, predominately between November and April, the state-controlled road network may be affected by flooding due to seasonal monsoon activity. The Department of Transport and Main Roads provides regular updates about road conditions on our network through the Traffic and Travel Information website. If you are planning to travel during those months, be sure to check for road conditions on the website, or phone 13 19 40.