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

Cairns to Northern Territory Border Corridor Upgrade - Future Priorities

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Estimated Project Cost:$62,500,000
Australian Government Contribution:$50,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Burke Shire Council,Carpentaria Shire Council,Mareeba Shire Council,Cairns Regional Council

Project Description

This project will deliver targeted upgrades along the Cairns to Northern Territory Border corridor. Funding has been fully allocated to projects on state and council roads for works including progressive sealing.


The Cairns to Northern Territory Border corridor is a key economic freight route that supports major industries including mining, agriculture and tourism.

Upgrades to this corridor will provide the following benefits:

  • ensure key freight roads efficiently connect agricultural and mining regions to ports, airports and other transport hubs
  • provide a more reliable and safe road network, especially during the wet season 
  • improve access for higher capacity vehicles
  • facilitate other economic opportunities, especially tourism
  • connects remote and Indigenous communities.



The Australian Government will contribute up to 80 per cent, capped at $50 million.


The first project on this corridor commenced construction in October 2020, and planning is underway for other projects, in consultation with state and council proponents.


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Project details last updated: 29/03/2022