Gillies Range Road High Risk Roads Safety Upgrades Project

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is delivering an $18.18 million program of upgrades to improve safety on 4 sections of Gillies Range Road between Gordonvale and Atherton.

This stretch of road is a key freight, commuter and tourism corridor.

Gillies Range Road is a major tourist route with 4WD vehicles, mobile homes and cars with caravans intermixed with tourist buses, rental cars and commuter traffic. 

The section of road between Gordonvale and Atherton can see up to 8,106 vehicles per day. (2018 Annual Average Daily Traffic) While not an approved route for multi-combination vehicles, heavy vehicles also make up to 10% of the total traffic volumes. 


  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency

Key features

  • An intersection upgrade at the Cook Street T-intersection to reduce crash frequency and severity. 
  • Minor intersection improvements to reduce the number of rear-end and sideswipe crashes, improve traffic flow and increase the intersection capacity
  • Wide centre-line treatments at suitable locations, to reduce the risk of head-on crashes. Work includes audible tactile line marking (centre line and edge lines), to reduce the risk of fatigue-related crashes
  • New guardrail and wire-rope barriers, to reduce the risk of serious injuries caused by an out-of-control vehicle leaving the road
  • Static and electronic signage on 4 sections of Gillies Range Road between Gordonvale and Atherton.

Gordonvale to the bottom of the range

  • Installing 4 Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) warning signs to remind motorists of the posted speed limit and increase driver awareness of the curves on this section of road. 

Gillies Range

  • Assessing the safety of pullover bays along the range section with respect to compliance with design standards and the safety of road users. 
  • New guardrail and extending existing guardrail
  • New curve alignment markers
  • Extra signs and line marking to improve visibility and help drivers control vehicle speed/maintain lane position on this section of the range
  • Vegetation clearing.

Top of the range to Yungaburra

  • Widening several sections of Gillies Range Road with Wide centre-line treatments
  • Upgrading the Powley Road intersection, including road widening for right and left turning movements
  • Installing VAS and extra static signs on the approaches to 2 intersections, Russell Pocket Road and Wrights Creek Road
  • Improved line markings, and changes to the traffic islands at Lake Barrine Road intersection
  • Upgrading signs and guideposts.

Yungaburra to Atherton

  • Upgrading the T-intersection at Cook Street in Atherton.


This is part of a $112 million program of safety works being delivered across Queensland over the next 3 years, as part of the High Risk Roads Targeted Road Safety Program.

Total investment
$18.18 million
Queensland Government
$18.18 million


Atherton to Gordonvale map

Atherton to Gordonvale map