Landsborough Highway

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Landsborough Highway
Landsborough Highway 1812.svg
Landsborough Highway (green on black)
General information
Type Highway
Length 1,049 km (652 mi)
Route number(s) National Highway A2
route number
National Highway 66
National Highway 71
Major junctions
SE end Warrego Highway, (State Highway A2), Morven, Queensland
NW end Barkly Highway, (National Highway A2), Cloncurry, Queensland
Major settlements Augathella, Blackall, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton
Highway system

Landsborough Highway is a western Queensland highway running in the northwest-southeast direction from Morven to Cloncurry.[1] The Landsborough Highway runs through vast tracts of land that was once occupied by William Landsborough, an Australian explorer of the 19th century. It is also the central part of the tourist route known as the Matilda Way after the popular Australian song Waltzing Matilda, which extends from Bourke in central northern New South Wales to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria.[2]

The entire highway is an important part of the National Highway system linking Darwin and Brisbane: formerly National Route 66 (Cloncurry to Barcaldine) and National Route 71 (Barcaldine to Augathella), Queensland began to convert to the alphanumeric system much of Australia had adopted in the early-2000s and is now designated as National Route A2.[3] Its importance also stems from the fact that it is the only sealed link between Flinders Highway and Capricorn Highway apart from Gregory Development Road between Emerald and Charters Towers.

The highway services an important sheep and cattle grazing region, tourist traffic and local properties. The highway is fully sealed but with many sections of substandard width and quality. It is also flood-prone with lengthy closures during floods.


Towns along the highway are listed below:

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes
Murweh Morven 0 0.0 Warrego Highway (State Route A2) - east - Morven / Mitchell /
Warrego Highway (Alternate State Route A2) - west - Charleville
Southern end of Landsborough Highway (National Route A2)
Augathella 83.2 51.7 Mitchell Highway (State Route A71 / Alternate State Route A2) - south-west - Charleville
Barcaldine Barcaldine 413.2 256.8 Capricorn Highway (State Route A4) - east - Emerald
Longreach Longreach 521.2 323.9 Thomson Developmental Road (See Notes column) - south - Windorah Thomson Developmental Road is part of a former proposed National Route 79 from Melbourne to Longreach. This route is now signed as M79/A79 from Melbourne to Mildura, then B79 to Broken Hill, beyond which there is no signed number.[4]
Winton Winton 699.2 434.5 Kennedy Developmental Road (State Route 62) - north - Hughenden Eastern concurrency terminus with Kennedy Developmental Road
Corfield 705.1 438.1 Kennedy Developmental Road (State Route 62) - west - Boulia Western concurrency terminus with Kennedy Developmental Road
McKinlay Kynuna 859.1 533.8 Julia Creek Kynuna Road (State Route 84) - north - Julia Creek
Cloncurry Cloncurry 1,033.1 641.9 Flinders Highway (State Route A6) - west - Cloncurry / east - Julia Creek Eastern concurrency terminus with Flinders Highway
1,048.9 651.8 Barkly Highway (National Route A2) - west - Mount Isa /
Burke Developmental Road (State Route 83) - north - Normanton
Western concurrency terminus with Flinders Highway.
Northern end of Landsborough Highway.
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. ^ "Queensland's Outback - Matilda Highway". Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  3. ^ Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. pp. 8–16/17. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3. 
  4. ^ "National Route 79". Retrieved 10 January 2017.