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 1,179.8 km (733 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
Malanda-Atherton Road
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 243 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 about 936 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]

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes
Cairns Smithfield 0 0 Captain Cook Highway (44) north - Port Douglas /
south (1) Cairns
North-eastern end of Kennedy Highway (National Route 1) From here to Kuranda the road is more commonly known as Kuranda Range road.
Barron River 12.6 7.8 Bridge at Kuranda
Barron River 47.3 29.4 Bridge at Mareeba
Mareeba Mareeba 48.1 29.9 Mareeba Connection Road - North - Mareeba
48.9 30.4 Mulligan Highway (81) - North - Mareeba and Mount Molloy
Tablelands Atherton 80.3 49.9 Atherton-Herberton Road (52) - south - Herberton Western concurrency terminus with State Route 52
81.0 50.3 Gillies Highway (52) (via Louise Street) - north, then east - Yungaburra Eastern concurrency terminus with State Roure 52
83.9 52.1 Malanda-Atherton Road (25) - east - Malanda
Barron River 90.1 56.0 Bridge at Wongabel
Tablelands Wondecla / Evelyn boundary 108.4 67.4 Longlands Gap-Herberton Road (52) - west - Herberton
Evelyn 117.2 72.8 East Evelyn Road (24) - east - Millaa Millaa
Wild River, which becomes
Herbert River just downstream (south) of this point
154.9 96.3 Bridge at Millstream / Innot Hot Springs boundary
Tablelands Minnamoolka 243.5 151.3 Gulf Developmental Road (1) - west - Georgetown Kennedy Highway continues south as Kennedy Developmental Road (State Route 62)
Etheridge Conjuboy 338.4 210.3 Gregory Developmental Road (63) - south-east - Charters Towers From here to Hughenden the road is more commonly known by its former name, the Hann Highway
Flinders River 603.7 375.1 Bridge at Hughenden
Flinders Hughenden 604.1 375.4 Flinders Highway (A6) - south, then east - Charters Towers /
west - Richmond
Eastern concurrency terminus with Flinders Highway
604.4 375.6 Flinders Highway (A6) - west - Richmond Western concurrency terminus with Flinders Highway. Kennedy Developmental Road continues south-west via Resolution Street.
Winton Winton 819.7 509.3 Landsborough Highway (A2) - south-east - Longreach /
north-west - Cloncurry
Eastern concurrency terminus with Landsborough Highway. Kennedy Developmental Road enters Winton as Manuka Street.
Corfield 825.6 513.0 Landsborough Highway (A2) - north-west - Cloncurry Western concurrency terminus with Landsborough Highway
Boulia Boulia 1179.8 733.1 Diamantina Developmental Road (83) - north-west - Dajarra and Mount Isa /
south-west - Birdsville
Western end of Kennedy Developmental Road (State Route 62)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. 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.