Birdsville Developmental Road (Morney - Birdsville), pave and seal

More than 5km of the Birdsville Developmental Road has been sealed to improve safety, efficiency and wet weather access for all road users.

This road links Birdsville and Windorah with markets in major centres across Australia. As well as playing a crucial role in the freight and agriculture sectors, it also supports outback tourism by providing access to areas of far western Queensland.

This section of road experiences large increases in traffic in the lead up to major regional events such as the Birdsville Big Red Bash and the Birdsville Races.


  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Improves flood immunity
  • Better road access
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

  • Sealed more than 5km of gravel road to a width of 6m.
  • Improves safety.
  • Improves travel times, reliability and wet weather access.
  • Provides additional overtaking opportunities.


The project was jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis. Investment ID 1687978

Total investment
$4.5 million
Australian Government
$3.6 million
Queensland Government

Current status

Construction started in late May 2021 and was completed in November 2021 with local road crews from Barcoo Shire Council delivering the works.

Project location map

Map showing the location work that is being undertaken on Birdsville Developmental Road, Morney to Birdsville.