Eyre Developmental Road (Bedourie - Birdsville) (Section 2), pave and seal

About 9km of the road is being sealed to improve safety, connectivity and wet weather access.

Works are underway to seal another section of road, delivering improvements in safety and reliability. Increasing the amount of sealed sections of road helps better connect regional communities and provides reliable transport connections.

The road runs from Bedourie to Birdsville and on to the South Australian border, where it continues as the Birdsville Track. It is an important link for the freight and agriculture industries, providing vital access to markets across Australia.

The road also supports outback tourism by connecting travellers with far western Queensland. Traffic volumes on this road have grown significantly in recent times, due to popular annual events like the Birdsville Big Red Bash and the Birdsville Races.

Benefits

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

Key features

  • Seal about 9km of gravel road to a width of 6m.
  • Improves safety, travel times, reliability and wet weather access.
  • Better connects communities. 
  • Provides additional overtaking opportunities.

Funding

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis. Investment ID 1687043

Total investment
$4.5 million
Australian Government
$3.6 million
Queensland Government
$900,000

Current status

Construction started in June 2021 with completion expected in mid-2022. Local road crews from Diamantina Shire Council are delivering the works.

Project map

location map for Eyre Developmental Road (Bedourie–Birdsville) Section 2, pave and seal