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

Tennant Creek to Townsville - Queensland

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Estimated Project Cost:$250,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$200,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Cloncurry Shire Council,Flinders Shire Council,Mckinlay Shire Council,Mount Isa City Council,Richmond Shire Council,Townsville City Council,Charters Towers Regional Council

Project Description

This project will deliver targeted upgrades to the Queensland section of the Barkly Highway, Flinders Highway and surrounding roads.


The Tennant Creek to Townsville 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


The Australian Government has committed $270 million towards the Tennant Creek to Townsville Corridor, of which $200 million has been committed to Queensland and $70 million to the Northern Territory.


The delivery schedule will be determined as planning on the project progresses and in consultation with the Queensland Government.

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Project details last updated: 11/05/2020