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Flinders Highway, Queensland

The Flinders Highway is a highway that crosses Queensland east to west, from Townsville on the Pacific coast to Cloncurry. The road continues as the Barkly Highway from Cloncurry to the Northern Territory border at Camooweal and beyond. The Flinders Highway passes a number of small outback towns and typical outback landscape predominates towards the inland. It was known as National Route 78 before Queensland began to convert to the alphanumeric system being adopted in Australia and is now designated as A6. The highway is also known as Overlanders Way.[1] Its entire length is part of the National Land Transport Network (formerly Auslink).[2]

Flinders Highway

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Flinders Highway (green on black)
General information
Length775 km (482 mi)
Route number(s) State Highway A6
route number
National Route 78
Major junctions
West end Barkly Highway (National Highway A2), Cloncurry
East end Bruce Highway (Queensland Highway A1), Townsville
Major settlementsJulia Creek, Richmond, Hughenden, Charters Towers
Highway system
Southbound on the Flinders Highway between Reid River and Mingela
Southbound on the Flinders Highway between Calcium and Reid River
Approximate road distances (in kilometres) of towns from Townsville along the highway


Charters TowersEdit

Charters Towers, 133 km to the south west from Townsville. A former gold rush town with a population of 30 000 in 1890. At that time it was known as "The World" because it seemed to be the centre of everything. Presently it is a centre for cattle grazing, with gold mining continuing to be an important industry. Much of the elegant gold rush architecture of the nineteenth century remains in place and is a tourist attraction.


Pentland is located between Charters Towers and Hughenden. Pentland is about 140 kilometres (87 mi) away from the town of Hughenden and 240 kilometres (150 mi) from the North Queensland city of Townsville. Hughenden has about 2000 people and Charters Towers has about 9000. Pentland's population is estimated to be 250 people.[3]


Located 243 km further on, Hughenden, the administrative centre of Flinders shire is in the heart of sheep and cattle country.


Richmond, a former gold rush town located 112 km further west. Currently a pastoral centre.

Julia CreekEdit

Julia Creek, 147 km further west, another pastoral settlement


Cloncurry, former copper-mining town located 139 km west from Julia Creek. The first regular Qantas flights started between here and Charleville in 1922 and Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia service started here in 1928. Nowadays it is an important road and rail junction. Flinders Highway ends here.

Major intersectionsEdit

TownsvilleStuart00.0  Bruce Highway (Queensland Highway A1) - north-west - Townsville /
south-east - Ayr /
Southern Port Road - north-east - Port of Townsville
Eastern end of Flinders Highway (National Route A6)
1.91.2Stuart Drive - north - TownsvilleFlinders Highway continues south on Stuart Drive
Burdekin River10565Macrossan Bridge (see also Great Northern Railway)
Charters TowersCharters Towers12276  Gregory Highway (State Route 63) - west - GreenvaleNorthern concurrency terminus with Gregory Highway /
Flinders Highway continues south-west through Charters Towers
Black Jack13081  Gregory Highway (State Route A7) - south - ClermontSouthern concurrency terminus with Gregory Highway
FlindersTorrens Creek284176  Torrens Creek Aramac Road (State Route 18) - south - Aramac
Hughenden371231  Hughenden Muttaburra Road (State Route 19) - south - Muttaburra
373.0231.8  Kennedy Developmental Road (State Route 62) - west - WintonSouthern concurrency terminus with Kennedy Developmental Road
373.1231.8  Kennedy Developmental Road (State Route 62) - north - Mount GarnetNorthern concurrency terminus with Kennedy Developmental Road
McKinlayJulia Creek637396  Julia Creek Kynuna Road (State Route 84) - south - Kynuna
640400  Wills Developmental Road (State Route 84) - north-west - Burketown
CloncurryCloncurry759472  Landsborough Highway (National Route A2) - south-east - KynunaEastern concurrency terminus with Landsborough Highway
Cloncurry River775.0481.6Ernest Henry Bridge
CloncurryCloncurry775.2481.7  Burke Developmental Road (National Route 83) - north - Normanton /
  Barkly Highway (National Route A2) - west - Mount Isa
Western concurrency terminus with Landsborough Highway.
Western end of Flinders Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Outback Australia - Australian Outback". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Charters Towers Regional Council: Our Region – Pentland. Retrieved 8 December 2015.

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