Birdsville Developmental Road (Morney - Birdsville), pave and seal (tranche 2)

The department is sealing another 5km of the road to improve safety, efficiency and wet weather access for all road users.

The Birdsville Developmental Road links Birdsville and Windorah with markets in major centres across Australia. It plays a crucial role in the freight and agriculture sectors and supports outback tourism by providing access to 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

  • Pave and seal 5km of gravel road to a width of 6m.
  • Improves safety.
  • Improves travel times, reliability and wet weather access.


This project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis under tranche 2 of the Road Safety Program.

Total investment
$3.75 million
Australian Government
$3 million
Queensland Government

Current status

Construction started in September 2021 with completion expected in April 2022. Local road crews from Barcoo Shire Council are delivering the works.

Project location map

Birdsville Developmental Road Morney Birdsville project location map