Mulligan Highway

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Mulligan Highway
Formerly Cooktown Developmental Road
Mulligan Highway 1512.svg
Mulligan Highway (green on black)
General information
Type Highway
Length 266 km (165 mi)
Route number(s) State Route 81
Major junctions
South end Kennedy Highway, Mareeba, Queensland
  Mareeba-Dimbulah Road (State Route 27)
Mossman-Mount Molloy Road (State Route 44)
Peninsula Developmental Road (State Route 81)
North end Charlotte Street, Cooktown, Queensland
Major settlements Lakeland, Mount Molloy
Highway system

The Mulligan Highway is a state highway in Queensland, Australia. It runs for approximately 266 km between Mareeba and Cooktown, on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula where it terminates.[1]

Named after bushman James Venture Mulligan the sealed highway follows the old Cooktown Developmental Road and was completed in 2006. Since it was sealed, travelling time from Cairns to Cooktown has reduced from 6 to 3½ hours.

List of towns along the highway[edit]

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes
Mareeba Mareeba 0 0.0 Kennedy Highway (National Route 1) - south - Atherton / east - Kuranda Southern end of Mulligan Highway (State Route 81)
3.3 2.1 Mareeba Dimbulah Road (State Route 27) - south-west - Dimbulah
Mount Molloy 43.5 27.0 Mossman Mount Molloy Road (State Route 44) - north- Mossman
Cook Lakeland 187 116 Peninsula Developmental Road (State Route 81) - north-west - Laura State Route 81 continues north-west as Peninsula Developmental Road.
Mulligan Highway continues north-east as State Route 40.
Cooktown 266 165 Charlotte Street - north - Cooktown CBD Northern end of Mulligan Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. pp. 13–14. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.