Flinders Highway (Julia Creek – Cloncurry), Scrubby Creek, pavement, strengthening and widening of floodway

Flinders Highway (Julia Creek – Cloncurry), Scrubby Creek pavement, strengthening and widening.

This project is part of the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) program and is funded by both the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

The project will strengthen and widen the road, and traverses an extensive section of floodway between Scrubby Creek and Fullarton River (approximately 63.2km – 72.5km west of Julia Creek).

The floodway will be upgraded and some minor culverts will be replaced to increase waterway areas to help improve localised flood immunity. Works will improve freight efficiencies and safety to support livestock, mining, tourism and freight industries.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • 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

  • Pavement strengthening and widening of various sections.


This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government (80:20). Investment ID 1459426.

Total investment
$42.65 million
Australian Government
$34.12 million
Queensland Government
$8.53 million

Current status

Construction started on 5 May 2022 with traffic management in place. Please visit QLDTraffic for up-to-date road conditions.

The pavement strengthening and widening of the Flinders Highway (Julia Creek – Cloncurry) at Scrubby Creek supports the objectives of the Roads of Strategic Importance program. The committed funding to other corridors in northern Queensland includes:

  • $250 million Tennant Creek to Townsville (including approved funding of $50m on the Kennedy Developmental Road (The Lynd - Hughenden))
  • $125 million Townsville to Roma
  • $62.5 million Cairns to Northern Territory Border
  • $237.5 million Cooktown to Weipa.