Cunningham Highway

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Cunningham Highway
Queensland
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General information
Type Highway
Length 338 km (210 mi)
Route number(s)
Major junctions
West end
 
East end
Location(s)
Major settlements Yelarbon, Inglewood, Warwick

The Cunningham Highway is a National Highway in Queensland, Australia. It is named after the explorer and botanist Allan Cunningham who followed a route close to where the modern day highway runs.[1]

Route[edit]

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.[2]

Cunningham Highway at Cunningham's Gap

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.[3]

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[edit]

Motorway Section Exits and Interchanges[edit]

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Northbound exits Distance to
Brisbane
(km)
Distance to
Sydney
(km)
Southbound exits
End Cunningham Highway AUHWYA15.png
continues as Ipswich Motorway QLD-M2.png
to Brisbane / Gold Coast / Sunshine Coast Brisbane / Gold Coast Airport
30 959 Start Cunningham Highway AUHWYA15.png
continues from Ipswich Motorway QLD-M2.png
no exit 30.5 958.5 Dinmore, Ipswich
Brisbane Road
Dinmore
Aberdare Street
31 958 no exit
Ipswich, Redbank Plains
Mary Street / Redbank Plains Road Australian State Route 61.svg
34 955 Redbank Plains, Ipswich
Redbank Plains Road / Mary Street Australian State Route 61.svg
QUEENSLAND PIONEER STEAM RAILWAY 36 953 QUEENSLAND PIONEER STEAM RAILWAY
Raceview, Swanbank
South Station Road
37 952 Swanbank, Raceview
Swanbank Road
Raceview, Ripley
Ripley Road
39 950 Ripley, Raceview
Ripley Road
END SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY SECTION 40 949 START SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY SECTION
Ipswich, Yamanto, Boonah
Warwick Street / Ipswich-Boonah Road Australian State Route 93.png
43 946 Boonah, Yamanto
Ipswich-Boonah Road / Warwick Street Australian State Route 93.png
Vehicle Inspection Centre 44 945 Service Station
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to Warwick / Tenterfield / Sydney

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps
  2. ^ Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 35. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X. 
  3. ^ Hema Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland. pp. 6-7. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cunningham Highway at Wikimedia Commons