Landsborough Highway

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Landsborough Highway
Queensland
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
Former
route number
National Highway 66
National Highway 71
Major junctions
NW end Barkly Highway, Cloncurry, Queensland
  Flinders Highway
Kennedy Developmental Road
Capricorn Highway
Mitchell Highway
SE end Warrego Highway, Morven, Queensland
Location(s)
Major settlements Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall, Augathella
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Queensland

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 Highway 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[edit]

Towns along the highway are listed below:

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes
Murweh Morven 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 (State Route 79) - south - Windorah
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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps
  2. ^ "Queensland's Outback - Matilda Highway". outbackholidays.info. 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.