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Mackay Whitsunday

Key facts

90,140km2

Area covered by location1

3.40%

Population of Queensland1

2,221km

Other state-controlled road network

451km

National Land Transport Network2

437km

National rail network

Program Highlights

In 2020–21 we completed:

  • an upgrade of the Peak Downs Highway at Eton Range, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • construction of the new highway, part of the Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1) project, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • construction of overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway, between Proserpine and Bowen at Collingvale Road and Six Mile Creek, funded by the Australian Government
  • paving and sealing of sections of the Bowen Developmental Road between Rockingham Creek and Mount Coolon, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • planning for the upgrade of Bee Creek bridge on the Peak Downs Highway
  • planning for the upgrade of Myrtle Creek bridge on Proserpine – Shute Harbour Road
  • planning for the replacement of Alligator Creek bridge near Hay Point Road on the Bruce Highway.

In 2021–22 we will: 

  • continue construction of additional lanes of the Bruce Highway, between Ron Camm Bridge and Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1), as part of the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade project, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • commence construction of the Walkerston Bypass on the Peak Downs Highway west of Mackay, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • commence construction of the connection between Mackay Ring Road to Bald Hill Road, part of the Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1) project, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • continue pavement widening and strengthening of sections of the Peak Downs Highway, between Wuthung Road and Caval Ridge Mine, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • commence flood immunity upgrades on the Bruce Highway at Jumper Creek, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • complete widening formation and rehabilitation of the Bruce Highway between Hampden and Kuttabul, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • continue formation widening on sections of the Bruce Highway between Emu Creek and Drays Road, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • commence safety improvements on the Bruce Highway, between Ten Mile Creek and Yeates Creek, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • continue pavement widening on the Bruce Highway, between Bowen Connection Road and Champion Street intersection, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government 
  • commence construction of the duplication of Proserpine – Shute Harbour Road between Paluma Road to Valley Drive, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
  • commence construction of the duplication of Proserpine – Shute Harbour Road between Valley Drive to Tropic Road, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete safety improvements on the Peak Downs Highway between Eton and Mackay, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete pavement strengthening on Rockleigh – North Mackay Road between Oasis Drive to Glenpark Street, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete paving and sealing of sections of the Bowen Development Road between Deception Creek to Bulgonunna Creek, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete replacement of Scrubby Creek and Hut Creek timber bridges on Blue Mountain Road, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete paving and sealing of sections of the Clermont – Alpha Road, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete paving and sealing of sections between Moana Access and East Funnel Creek on the Koumala – Bolingbroke Road, as part of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response
  • complete design and commence construction of the Mackay Bus Station on Mangrove Road.

Future plans

We continue to plan for the future transport requirements of Mackay Whitsunday.

In 2021–22 key planning includes:

  • complete planning for the duplication of the Bruce Highway between Munbura Road and Crouch’s Road
  • continue planning for the upgrade of Goorganga Plains on the Bruce Highway
  • complete planning for Mackay Port Access.

Investments (interactive)

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

Map

Mackay Whitsunday area

Image: Bruce Highway north roundabout, as part of the Mackay Ring Road (Stage 1) project.

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).