Kennedy Highway

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Kennedy Highway
Kennedy Developmental Road
Kennedy Development Road.jpg
Kennedy Development Road viewed from Cornpore Lookout between Middleton and Boulia
General information
Type Highway
Length 1,163 km (723 mi)
Route number(s) National Route 1
(Smithfield - Forty Mile Scrub)
State Route 62
(Forty Mile Scrub - Bouila)
Major junctions
NE end Captain Cook Highway, Smithfield, Queensland
  Mulligan Highway
Palmerston Highway
Gulf Developmental Road
Gregory Developmental Road
Flinders Highway
Landsborough Highway
SW end Diamantina Developmental Road, Boulia, Queensland
Major settlements Mareeba, Ravenshoe, Hughenden, Winton
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Queensland

The Kennedy Highway (Highway 1) is a highway in northern Queensland, Australia. It runs for approximately 250 km from Smithfield, on the northern outskirts of Cairns, to the Gulf Developmental Road in the vicinity of Forty Mile Scrub and Undara Volcanic national parks, about 40 kilometres south of Mount Garnet.[1] South of this junction, the road continues as the Kennedy Developmental Road (State Highway 62) via Hughenden eventually to Boulia nearly 1,000 kilometres away; National Route 1 and the Gulf Developmental Road head west to Normanton via Georgetown.

From Smithfield, the highway climbs up into the Atherton Tableland before heading in a general south-westerly direction to the aforementioned junction. The highway is mostly two-lanes. Major towns on, or just off, the Kennedy Highway include Smithfield, Kuranda, Mareeba, Atherton, Ravenshoe and Mount Garnet. Past Mount Garnet, the Kennedy Highway is mostly single lane bitumen.

Two northern councils are proposing development of the road which would allow for the transport of products from Far North Queensland to markets in New South Wales and Victoria considerably quicker than via existing coastal routes which have rougher terrain and are sometimes impassable due to floods.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hema Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland. pp. 13-14. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.
  2. ^ Sam Davis (2 August 2012). "Queensland roads holding back nation's fresh fruit". ABC Far North Queensland (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 21 September 2012.