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Far North

Key facts

272,216km2

Area covered by location1

5.68%

Population of Queensland1

2,939km

Other state-controlled road network

217km

National Land Transport Network2

211km

National rail network

Program Highlights

In 2020–21 we completed:

  • completed paving and sealing paving of a section of Peninsula Development Road at Fairview (Part B)
  • an upgrade of the Clump Point boating infrastructure at Mission Beach
  • construction of the Harley Street intersection upgrade on Cairns Western Arterial Road
  • completed road safety improvements on the Kennedy Highway between Kuranda and Mareeba
  • strengthening works on Little River bridge and Routh Creek bridge on the Gulf Developmental Road.

In 2021–22 we will: 

  • continue duplication of the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3 (Edmonton to Gordonvale) project, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • complete construction of the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 4 (Kate Street to Aumuller Street), jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • commence construction of the Newell Beach boat ramp
  • commence paving and sealing sections of Peninsula Developmental Road, between Merluna to York Downs and Musgrave to Red Blanket (Part A)
  • continue construction of road safety improvements on Gillies Range Road
  • commence construction of the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Cycleway, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • continue design of a flood immunity upgrade on the Bruce Highway at Dallachy Road, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • continue construction of a new overtaking lane on the Bruce Highway near Smith’s Gap, including construction of a fauna crossing
  • complete construction of the Smithfield Bypass project between McGregor Road and Caravonica roundabouts
  • commence upgrading the culvert at the intersection of Mulgrave Road and Brown Street in Cairns, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • commence progressive sealing works on the Burke Developmental Road between Almaden and Chillagoe, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • continue widening and strengthening of Boogan Road, near Mourilyan, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • continue the program of safety upgrades on the Kennedy Highway between Mareeba and Atherton, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • commence installation of new Intelligent Transport Systems on the Kuranda Range section of Kennedy Highway, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • commence early works on the Cairns Ring Road (CBD to Smithfield) project, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • commence upgrade of the culvert at Parker Creek Crossing on Captain Cook Highway, Mossman, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • commence detailed design on Cairns Western Arterial Road Duplication (Redlynch Connector Road – Captain Cook Highway)
  • complete paving and sealing sections of Peninsula Development Road between Kennedy to Rocky Creek, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • complete planning for the Cairns Western Arterial Road between Redlynch Connector Road and the Captain Cook Highway
  • complete an upgrade of a drain culvert on Mulgrave Road at Boland Street.

Future plans

We continue to plan for the future transport requirements of Far North.

In 2021–22 key planning includes:

  • continue planning for the Innisfail Bypass, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • continue planning for the Cairns Ring Road (Cairns CBD to Smithfield), jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • continue planning for the Barron River bridge upgrade on the Kennedy Highway (Cairns – Mareeba)
  • commence planning for the Bruce Highway, Cairns Southern Access Corridor (Stage 5), Foster Road, upgrade intersection.

Investments (interactive)

You can view the list of investments for the Far North area in the QTRIP PDF or via the QTRIP interactive tool

Map

Far North DistrictImage: Early morning on the Bruce Highway–Kate Street to Aumuller Street project where it crosses Chinaman Creek.

1 Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles. www.qgso.qld.gov.au, retrieved 23 March 2021

2 The detailed mapping data related to the National Land Transport Network (NLTN) Determination 2020 was not available at the time of publication. National Land Transport Network data and maps included assumed relevant state-controlled roads as at 1 July 2020. NLTN rail data and maps are as at 30 June 2020.

Reflects QTRIP 2021-22 to 2024-25 (as at 15 June 2021).