Capricorn Highway

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Capricorn Highway
Queensland
General information
TypeHighway
Length575 km (357 mi)
Route number(s)
  • A4
  • (Entire Route)
  • Duplexes:
  • A7
  • (Emerald - Emerald East)
Former
route number
National Route 66
Major junctions
West end Landsborough Highway (National Highway A2), Barcaldine
  Gregory Highway (State Highway A7)
Leichhardt Highway (State Highway A5)
East end Bruce Highway (Queensland Highway A1), Rockhampton
Location(s)
Major settlementsJericho, Alpha, Emerald, Blackwater, Gogango, Westwood
Highway system

The Capricorn Highway is located in Central Queensland, Australia, and links the city of Rockhampton with western Queensland.[1] The highway is 575 kilometres long, and joins the Landsborough Highway at Barcaldine.[2] Formerly National Route 66, Queensland began to convert to the alphanumeric system much of Australia had adopted in the early-2000s and is now designated as A4. The highway runs parallel with the Tropic of Capricorn, hence its name.

Other towns situated along the highway include (from east to west): Gracemere, Kabra, Gogango, Westwood, Duaringa, Dingo, Blackwater, Emerald, Bogantungan, Alpha and Jericho.

Running virtually east/west, the highway traverses the area known as the Central Highlands, and crosses the Great Dividing Range between Alpha and Jericho.

Major intersections[edit]

LGALocationkmmiDestinationsNotes
BarcaldineBarcaldine00.0 Landsborough Highway (National Route A2) west - Longreach /
south - Blackall
Western end of Capricorn Highway
Central HighlandsEmerald309192 Gregory Highway (State Route A7) north - ClermontWestern concurrency terminus with Gregory Highway
311193 Gregory Highway (State Route A7) south - SpringsureEastern concurrency terminus with Gregory Highway
Dingo432268 Fitzroy Developmental Road (State Route 67) north - Middlemount
RockhamptonWestwood522.9324.9 Leichhardt Highway (State Route A5) south - Banana and Biloela
Rockhampton574.6357.0 Bruce Highway (Queensland Highway A1) north - Rockhampton /
south - Mount Larcom
Eastern end of Capricorn Highway. Intersection is approximately 4.1 km from Rockhampton CBD
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Australia road sign W5-29.svg Australian Roads portal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps
  2. ^ Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.