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.

We are committed to working with the Central Queensland community and hearing your views on the Yeppoon Upgrade project to deliver targeted upgrades between the connection with the Bruce Highway in Parkhurst and the Tanby Road roundabout in Yeppoon.

We want to understand your priorities to assist in identifying how the $80 million funding should be applied along this key commuter and freight link connecting the Bruce Highway and the wider Rockhampton region with the Capricorn Coast.

The Yeppoon Upgrade project will develop investment options for the $80 million construction project.

Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road is approximately 35.6km in length, with 2 distinct sections; a 4.03km section traversing the Rockhampton Central Business District and the second a 31.6km section from the Bruce Highway intersection in Parkhurst to Tanby Road roundabout at Yeppoon.

The remaining 2-lane section of the Rockhampton–Yeppoon Road extends from the end of the existing duplication at Iron Pot Road intersection at 13.9km east to Tanby Road roundabout at 35.6km, a length of 21.7km.

Rockhampton–Yeppoon Road is a B-double route. 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.


  • 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

  • increased economic productivity by reducing costs to industry through better efficiency on the route and lower travel times
  • improved road safety by reducing unsafe overtaking and the associated risks of head-on collisions
  • increased safety for active transport users
  • increased route capacity to accommodate future growth in traffic volume through increased economic activity in the region
  • increased flood immunity.


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 initiative.

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

Project timeline

  • 2017: Strategic planning started.
  • 2019: $80 million joint funding commitment from the Australian and Queensland Governments.
  • June 2020: Scoping Phase Project Proposal Report (PPR) submitted to Australian Government for review and approval for release of business case development funds.
  • June 2020: Approval of Scoping Phase PPR and $10 million funding ($8 million Australian Government, $2 million Queensland Government contribution) to commence Business Case development.
  • July to August 2020: Community consultation to identify community priorities for targeted upgrades.
  • September 2020 to January 2021: Options Analysis.
  • February 2021 to August 2021: Business Case development.
  • December 2021: Design commences.
  • Early 2023 to mid-2025: Construction (dependent on final scope).

Current status

The Australian Government approved $10 million funding for the Business Case development on 25 June 2020.

The Business Case will be completed in mid-2021 incorporating feedback from the community engagement process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yeppoon Road Upgrade map