Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Great Northern Highway Upgrade - Maggie Creek to Wyndham

Funding Program:Northern Australia Roads Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2018 - Mid 2019
Estimated Project Cost:$48,140,000
Australian Government Contribution:$38,510,000
Local Council/Shire:Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley

Project Description

The Great Northern Highway is the only sealed road between the Port of Broome and the Port of Wydham on the National Land Transport Network linking Perth with Darwin in the Northern Territory. This project will upgrade a section known as 'Maggie's Jump Up', which is between the intersections of the Buntine and Victoria highways and part of Wyndham Spur.

The scope of works for this project will see widening and overlay of approximately 22km of the Wyndham Spur section and the reconstruction of over 5km of road pavement at Maggie's Jump Up, including the construction of northbound overtaking lane.


The completion of this project will improve road safety and freight efficiency on a key inter-town link between Wyndham, Kununurra and Halls Creek.

This project will provide the following benefits:

  • improved access for freight vehicles travelling to and from Wyndham Port through improvements to vertical and horizontal road alignments
  • higher freight capacity along the Great Northern Highway by improiving the reliability of the route
  • increased safety for road users crossing floodwater prone areas through drainage improvements
  • increased regional accessibility, by providing year-round access to major town sites for residents and the tourism industry


The Australian Government has committed up to $38.51 million towards the $48.14 million project.


Construction commenced in April 2018 and has been completed in mid 2019.

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Project details last updated: 14/01/2020