Gulf Developmental Road

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Gulf Developmental Road

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Gulf Developmental Road (green on black)
General information
TypeRural road
Length442 km (275 mi)
Route number(s) National Route 1
Major junctions
West end Savannah Way (National Route 1) /
Burke Developmental Road (State Route 83), 7km south of Normanton, Queensland
East end Kennedy Highway (National Route 1) /
Kennedy Developmental Road, (State Route 62) Forty Mile Scrub, Queensland
Major settlementsCroydon, Georgetown, Mount Surprise

The Gulf Developmental Road links the Cairns and Normanton regions in northern Queensland, Australia. It is the only sealed (asphalt) road linking these two regions.[1]

In the east, the road begins at an unnamed junction on the southern edge of Forty Mile Scrub National Park, 241 km south-west of Cairns. The Gulf Developmental Road runs west before terminating at its junction with the Burke Developmental Road 7 km south of Normanton, a total distance of 442 km. Towns along the route include Mount Surprise, Georgetown and Croydon.[2] There are no other communities along the route, but it passes through the ghost town of Cumberland. The road is sealed for its full length, but as of 2018 there are many sections of the road which are only single lane bitumen. These sections require caution when passing other traffic as the shoulders are gravel and vehicles need to move partly onto the shoulders. They extend between points about 55 kilometres west of Georgetown and 20 kilometres west of Mount Surprise.

The Gulf Developmental Road is designated Highway 1; however, it is not part of the National Highway network.

Major intersections[edit]

This road has no major intersections.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. pp. 11–12. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.
  2. ^ Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps