Gore Highway

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Gore Highway

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Gore Highway (green and black)
General information
Length202 km (126 mi)
Route number(s) National Highway A39
route number
National Highway 85
Major junctions
West end Leichhardt Highway, 19km north of Goondiwindi
East end Warrego Highway, Toowoomba
Major settlementsMillmerran, Pittsworth
Highway system

The Gore Highway is a highway running between Toowoomba and Goondiwindi in Queensland, Australia. Together with Goulburn Valley Highway and Newell Highway, it is a part of the National Highway's Melbourne-Brisbane link. It is signed as National Highway A39.[1]

It is named after two brothers, St George Richard and Ralph Thomas Gore who established the Yandilla pastoral run in the area (between Pittsworth and Milmerran), through which the road traverses.[2]

It passes through Queensland's Darling Downs region. Typical of the scenery are grazing cattle, orchards and grain farmland. It was elevated to National Highway status in February 1993, and replaced the Cunningham Highway as the main route between Goondiwindi and Brisbane. Interstate traffic is rerouted through Toowoomba and the Warrego Highway as it presents a less steep gradient than via Warwick and Cunninghams Gap, shortening travel time especially for trucks. It was initially designated State Route 85 until February 1993 when National Highway 85 was proclaimed, splitting State Route 85 into two. In 2005 it was given the National Highway A39 designation.[3]

Route description[edit]

Speed zones[edit]

The highway has three different speed zones. Between Drayton in Toowoomba to Westbrook the speed limit is 90 km/h. From Westbrook to Millmerran (25 km south west) it is 100 km/h. Between Millmerran and Goondiwindi the maximum permitted speed is 110 km/h.

Towns and localities[edit]

Approximate road distances (in kilometres) of towns from Toowoomba along the highway

Future developments[edit]

Southbrook, 2014

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing[edit]

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is a major road proposal aimed at bypassing the urban area of Toowoomba and providing a better crossing of the Great Dividing Range. The bypass will link the Warrego Highway at Helidon (in the east) with Gore Highway at Athol (southwest of Toowoomba) via Charlton and will be 41 km in length.

Major intersections[edit]

GoondiwindiGoondiwindi00.0 Leichhardt Highway (State Highway A5) north - Moonie /
south - Goondiwindi
Western end of Gore Highway. Intersection is 19 km north of Goondiwindi CBD
ToowoombaMilmerran12477 Milmerran-Inglewood Road (State Route 82) - Inglewood
Toowoomba201.4125.1 Warrego Highway (National Route A2) west - Dalby /
east - Toowoomba
Eastern end of Gore Highway. Intersection is 2.2 km west of Toowoomba CBD
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps
  2. ^ "Gore Highway". Retrieved 23 May 2013.[self-published source]
  3. ^ Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.