Rockhampton–Yeppoon Road, Yeppoon Road Upgrade Project

The Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road is a regional road linking the Capricorn Coast, including tourist locations, such as Great Keppel Island to Rockhampton and beyond. 

The road forms part of the designated state freight network and fulfils an important role in supporting defence, forestry, freight, tourism and commuter traffic demands in the region.

This project will be delivered as part of the Australian and Queensland governments' 10-year Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) corridor investment. The ROSI initiative aims to ensure key freight roads efficiently connect agricultural regions and ports, airports and other transport hubs and provide better access for tourism, mining and other sectors. 

Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road is approximately 35.6km in length, with 2 distinct sections:

  • a 4.03km section traversing the Rockhampton Central Business District urban area (Fitzroy Street, Queen Elizabeth Drive and Musgrave Street)
  • a 31.6km section from the Bruce Highway intersection in Parkhurst to Tanby Road roundabout at Yeppoon (rural area).

The section from the Bruce Highway to the Tanby Road roundabout is made up of a 4-lane section and a 2-lane section for the remainder of the road from Iron Pot through to the Tanby Road roundabout.

Current traffic volumes on this section of the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road range between 10,700 and 11,600 vehicles per day, which includes 1000 heavy vehicles.

The upgrade has been divided into 3 sections of work. These sections have been identified as a priority based on the community feedback received in 2020:

  • Section 1: Artillery Road/Dairy Inn Road intersection with Yeppoon Road.
  • Section 2: Iron Pot Road east to Artillery Road/Dairy Inn Road intersection.
  • Section 3: Artillery/Dairy Inn Road towards Hedlow Creek.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Improves flood immunity
  • Better road access
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Better active transport
  • Reduces maintenance

Key features

As part of the detailed design, key features will be determined on completion of the business case.


The $80 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 (Australian Government: Queensland Government) basis through the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative. Investment ID 1192019

Total investment
$80 million
Australian Government
$64 million
Queensland Government
$16 million

Project timeline

  • July to August 2020: Community consultation to identify community priorities for targeted upgrades.
  • February 2021 to early 2022: Detailed design.
  • Mid 2022: Construction 

Current status

The project is in detailed design. Consultation with key stakeholders has started and engagement with the broader community will continue throughout the design phase.

Project map overview

Yeppoon Road Upgrade map

Project concept map (December 2021)

Map overview of the Yeppon Road upgrade


Community consultation, using an online engagement platform, was completed in August 2020 to understand the Central Queensland community's priorities for the Yeppoon Road Upgrade. The community priorities were safety, local access and connection, network reliability and efficiency, which have informed the scope of works.

Consultation with key stakeholders has commenced and engagement with the broader community will continue throughout the design phase.

More information

Australian Government - Roads of Strategic Importance initiative - Yeppoon Road Duplication