Cairns to Northern Tablelands access strategy, planning

The $1.6 million Cairns to Northern Tablelands access planning study looks 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.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • 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

We are currently undertaking the planning study.

Transport routes between Cairns and the Northern Tablelands

Focus area for the Northern Tablelands