Burke Developmental Road

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Burke Developmental Road
Burke Developmental Road near Karumba.jpg
Start of unsealed portion of northeast-bound Burke Developmental Road east of Karumba
Burke Developmental Road shown in Green
General information
Type Road
Route number(s) National Route 83
State Route 27
Major junctions
South end Barkly Highway /
Flinders Highway, east of Cloncurry
East end Mareeba Dimbulah Road, Dimbulah
Major suburbs Normanton, Mungana, Chillagoe[1]

The Burke Developmental Road is a Queensland (Australia) developmental road. It links Cloncurry and Normanton in a south–north direction, then continues to the east 30 km north from Normanton, till Dimbulah, where it becomes the Mareeba Dimbulah Road.[2]

The road crosses the Gilbert River. This bridge was named after two of the region's indigenous leaders, Lily and Jubilee Slattery.[3] A major unsealed section begins about 45 km north of Normanton and continues until Chillagoe. As of 2014, some sections totaling about 15 km are unsealed between Chillagoe and Dimbulah. It may become impassable during the wet season. In mid-2007, A$28 million worth of funding was allocated for the widening of the road.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes
Cloncurry Cloncurry 0 0 Barkly Highway (A2) west - Mount Isa /
east - Cloncurry, Hughenden, Winton
Southern end of Burke Developmental Road. National Route 83 continues west concurrent with Barkly Highway.
Four Ways 180 112 Wills Developmental Road - south-east - Julia Creek Southern concurrency terminus with Wills Developmental Road
181 112 Wills Developmental Road - north-west - Gregory Northern concurrency terminus with Wills Developmental Road
Flinders River 318 198 Bridge
Carpentaria Normanton 373 232 Gulf Developmental Road (1) south-east - Croydon Southern concurrency terminus with National Route 1
375 233 Savannah Way - south-west - Carpentaria, Burketown Northern concurrency terminus with National Route 1
Norman River 381 237 EB Whyte Bridge[5] - National Route 83 terminates here
Carpentaria Howitt 410 255 Karumba Developmental Road - west - Karumba
Gilbert River 483 300 Lily and Jubilee Slattery Bridge[3]
Middle Creek 546 339 Bridge
Staaten River 569 354 Bridge
Carpentaria Dunbar 640 398 Dunbar Kowanyama Road - north-west - Kowanyama
Lynd River 764 475 Bridge
Walsh River 820 510 Bridge
Walsh River 908 564 Bridge
Mareeba Petford 1003 623 Herberton-Petford Road - south-east - Herberton
Emu Creek 1005 624 Bridge
Walsh River 1054 655 Bridge
Mareeba Mareeba 1079 670 Mulligan Highway (81) south - Mareeba, Atherton /
north - Mount Molloy, Cooktown
Northern end of Burke Developmental Road.
Within Mareeba the road is named Vaughan Street and is signed as State Route 27.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://maps.bonzle.com/c/a?a=p&p=169488&cmd=sp
  2. ^ Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps
  3. ^ a b "Bridge named in honour of Indigenous leaders". ABC News Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 30 June 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "North-west Qld shares in road funds". ABC Western Queensland (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2 July 2007. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Norman River Bridge". Carpentaria Shire Council. Retrieved 9 Jul 2014.