Gillies Range Road, various locations, improve safety

The department is delivering an $19.341 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

  • 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

  • The speed limit between the Bruce Highway and the bottom of the range has been reduced to 80km/h.
  • A vehicle activated sign has been installed to remind motorists of the posted speed limit.

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 signs and guideposts. 


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. Investment ID: 1136484

Total investment
$19.341 million
Queensland Government
$19.341 million


Atherton to Gordonvale map

Atherton to Gordonvale map