Cairns to Northern Tablelands Access Strategy

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has completed a comprehensive planning study into the 4 transport corridors linking Cairns to the Northern Tablelands.

The $1.6 million Cairns to Northern Tablelands access planning study investigated the reliability, safety and network efficiency between Cairns and the Northern Tablelands.

The study investigated the current issues, future needs and determined fit-for purpose solutions to improve performance and meet customer needs.

The Cairns to Northern Tablelands Access Strategy provides a comprehensive roadmap of initiative and investment over the short, medium and long-term to deliver the right infrastructure at the right time.


  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Better road access
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Contributes to economy

Key features

  • Better understanding of the region's transport access needs.
  • Identify future planning projects and priorities for the area.


This $1.6 million project is funded by the Queensland Government through the Transport System Planning Program. Investment ID 1142487

Total investment
$1.6 million
Queensland Government
$1.6 million

Current status

The Cairns to Northern Tableland Access Strategy is now complete.

Transport routes between Cairns and the Northern Tablelands

Focus area for the Northern Tablelands