Kennedy Developmental Road—(The Lynd-Hughenden) upgrade

The department are delivering the progressive sealing of Kennedy Developmental Road, The Lynd to Hughenden.

The department are sealing approximately 48km of the remaining unsealed road between The Lynd and Hughenden. 

The Kennedy Developmental Road is an important inter-regional route for western and northern Queensland. It links western communities of Boulia, Winton, Hughenden through to The Lynd and Mount Garnett in the north. The route is a vital transport link for the movement of cattle through the North West Region and tourism access. 

The current works are funded under the  Roads of Strategic Importance program. The works will be delivered by Flinders Shire Council and Etheridge Shire Council.

From mid-2017 to early 2020, the department completed sealing another 42km of the Kennedy Developmental Road, funded under the Northern Australia Roads Program.

When these sealing works are completed, approximately 10km of the Kennedy Developmental Road will remain unsealed. 


  • Improves safety
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Better road access
  • Improves ride quality
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces maintenance

Key features

  • Sealed road surface of 8m width.
  • Improved reliability and efficiency of freight movements.


The Australian and Queensland governments have committed $50 million on an 80:20 basis. Investment ID 1459389.

Total investment
$50 million
Australian Government
$40 million
Queensland Government
$10 million

Current status

Construction has started on the Kennedy Developmental Road (The Lynd – Hughenden) with traffic management in place. 

At the end of July 2022, only 29.6km of unsealed sections remain along the Kennedy Developmental Road. A further 9.8km of unsealed sections will be completed by mid-December 2022 with the remaining sections scheduled to be completed by December 2023.

Visit QLDTraffic for up-to-date road conditions.  .

Overall project scope
Overall project scope map, details which sections of the Kennedy Dev Road will be upgraded