|section under conversion to|
|Length||338 km (210 mi)|
|Major settlements||Yelarbon, Inglewood, Warwick|
South-west of Ipswich, the highway passes through the Main Range National Park and over the mountain pass of Cunninghams Gap. In 1828 after discovering the route Cunningham sent a report to Governor Ralph Darling emphasising the economic benefits that a link between the coast and pastoral lands to the west would provide.
The highway begins in Brisbane where it is known as Ipswich Road, which turns into the M2 Ipswich Motorway. After the Warrego Highway turnoff, it is then known as the Cunningham Highway. It runs south-west from Brisbane for approximately 330 km (210 mi) until it terminates at Goondiwindi. It is route number 15 until Warwick where it then becomes route 42.
The highway is periodically closed for short periods after landslides deposit dirt and rocks on the road, especially around the steep sections near Cunninghams Gap.
The M5 Centenary Motorway extension from Springfield joins the Cunningham Highway at Yamanto. It is also expected to have additional space for expansion and a possible rail loop link to Ipswich-Springfield.
List of towns along the Cunningham Highway
Motorway Section Exits and Interchanges
|Northbound exits||Distance to
|End Cunningham Highway
continues as Ipswich Motorway
to Brisbane / Gold Coast / Sunshine Coast
|30||959||Start Cunningham Highway
continues from Ipswich Motorway
|no exit||30.5||958.5||Dinmore, Ipswich
|Ipswich, Redbank Plains
Mary Street / Redbank Plains Road
|34||955||Redbank Plains, Ipswich
Redbank Plains Road / Mary Street
|QUEENSLAND PIONEER STEAM RAILWAY||36||953||QUEENSLAND PIONEER STEAM RAILWAY|
South Station Road
|END SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY SECTION||40||949||START SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY SECTION|
|Ipswich, Yamanto, Boonah
Warwick Street / Ipswich-Boonah Road
Ipswich-Boonah Road / Warwick Street
|Vehicle Inspection Centre||44||945||Service Station|
|START MOTORWAY SECTION||45||944||continues as Cunningham Highway
to Warwick / Tenterfield / Sydney
- Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps
- Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 35. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
- Hema Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland. pp. 6-7. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.
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