Cairns to Northern Tablelands Access Strategy

We are undertaking a $1.25 million planning study to look at improving the capacity and efficiency of transport routes between Cairns and the Northern Tablelands.

The purpose of the access strategy is to determine the most appropriate focus for future planning activities. This will include an examination of existing routes between Cairns and the northern tablelands and a review of all previous planning.

Although the Kuranda Range section of Kennedy Highway will be considered as part of this study, the scope of the project is much broader and will also look at Palmerston Highway, Gillies Range Road, Mossman-Mt Molloy Road and other alternatives.

When the project is finished, we will have a better understanding of the best way to improve access between Cairns and the Northern Tablelands.


  • Returns local roads
  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Improves flood immunity
  • Better road access
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Contributes to economy
  • Reduces maintenance

Key features

  • better understanding of the regions transport access needs
  • identify future planning projects and priorities for the area.


This $1.25 million project is funded by the Queensland Government through the Transport System Planning Program.

Total investment
$1.25 million
Queensland Government
$1.25 million
Transport routes between Cairns and the Northern Tablelands

Focus area for the Northern Tablelands