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Smithfield Bypass Project


This project will construct a new 3.8km long road between McGregor Road roundabout and the Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) and Captain Cook Highway (CCH) roundabout as an alternative route to the Captain Cook Highway.

Construction commenced in December 2018.


Captain Cook Highway between McGregor Road and the CWAR / CCH roundabouts in Smithfield.


Construction is expected to be completed late 2020, weather permitting.


When constructed, the new road is expected to significantly improve traffic flow for road users by providing for current and future forecast demand. 

Decreasing demand at the Smithfield and Caravonica roundabouts will improve safety by reducing the risk of crashes on Captain Cook Highway.

This project will support about 115 full-time jobs over its duration.


The design and construct contract has been awarded to Highway Construction / Albem Operations Joint Venture (HAJV).


$152 million (Queensland Government).

North Queensland Region

Project info

Community Liaison Group

Information about the Community Liaison Group

If you would like to apply to become a member of the Captain Cook Highway – Smithfield Bypass Project, Community Liaison Group, please read the following information which outlines the purpose of the group and selection criteria.

To apply to be a member completed and submit the application form, available below.

Applications close on Friday 8 February 2019. Unfortunately, applications received after this date will not be accepted.

All applications will be reviewed by a panel.

About the Captain Cook Highway – Smithfield Bypass Project, Community Liaison Group

The purpose of the Captain Cook Highway – Smithfield Bypass Project, Community Liaison Group (CLG) is to provide a forum for the community and local businesses to provide input and share information about the Smithfield Bypass Project (SBP).

The Captain Cook Highway – Smithfield Bypass Project, Community Liaison Group will have 2 membership groups:

  1. Residential Membership  
    The Community Liaison Group - Residential Membership will comprise of members of the residential community living within the project area. 
  2. Business Owners Membership
    The Community Liaison Group, Business Owners Membership will comprise of business owners and key stakeholders operating within the project area.

The CLG provides a forum for discussion with TMR’s project team on community and local business viewpoints and values.

The CLG aim to facilitate:

  • involvement in the project by the community
  • a forum to create an increased understanding of the project among stakeholders and the community
  • a more effective response from the project team to arising issues and concerns.

Please ensure you meet the selection criteria below.

Please confirm that you:

  • live in the Cairns Northern Beaches area
  • frequently use the Captain Cook Highway during peak times
  • can demonstrate strong community or business connection and networks; and the ability to act as a representative on behalf of your community by providing information to the Community Liaison Group and to your community and peers
  • have previous experience of committee work and ability to demonstrate this
  • are willing to commit to a 2-year membership throughout 2019-20
  • can commit to attending 4 to 6 meetings per year.

How to apply

To apply to be a member please download and submit the following interactive document to or print and post to:

Smithfield Bypass Project 
Department of Transport and Main Road
Far North District
PO Box 6185
Cairns QLD 4870

Community Liaison Group application form

Applications close Friday 8 February 2019. Unfortunately, applications received after this date will not be accepted.

The Smithfield Bypass provides vital community infrastructure for the northern beaches of Cairns and meets the strategic transport needs of the area into the future. The new road will deliver a safer, more efficient travel route for motorist and industry along this section of the Captain Cook Highway.

Design change - An innovative approach to create better outcomes 

Smithfield Bypass: alignment mapThe SBP is being undertaken using a Design and Construct (D&C) contract. This means that The Department of Transport and Main Roads will work closely the contractor to finalise the design and complete the construction. The D&C process allows for ongoing innovation to occur throughout the project phases.

Investigation undertaken throughout the project design phase has identified significant costs savings and improved outcomes by progressing a planned future stage of the SBP now rather than in the years to come. The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has listened to the community and its stakeholders, and worked collaboratively with HAJV, to identify a solution which will provide significantly improved value for money outcomes for this major project.

The southern connection of the new Bypass road will now connect to the Captain Cook Highway (CHH) Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) roundabout at Caravonica, rather than Yorkeys Knob Road CHH roundabout as shown in the original concept layout.

The benefits of the new alignment include:

  • a future stage of the Bypass design is realised now rather than in 15 to 20 years
  • improved network functionality
  • enhanced safety outcomes
  • improved flood immunity for motorists
  • reduced construction and cost savings.

Key features of the design layout

The new design scope includes:

  • a new bypass of the Captain Cook Highway (CCH) will be constructed between McGregor Road and Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) roundabouts providing motorists an alternative route to the CCH.
  • overpass at McGregor Road roundabout
  • upgrade of the existing CWAR CCH roundabout to a four-legged signalised intersection
  • full length off-road cycle pathway.

Note: certain aspects of the scope included in the reference layout may change as the project undertakes the detailed design works as part of the design and construct contract.

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Project updates

Smithfield Bypass: update June 2018

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Phone: 1800 187 937
Post: Smithfield Bypass Project
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Far North District
PO Box 6185
Cairns QLD 4870
Last updated
08 January 2019