Road Reports and Conditions

With some roads in the Flinders Shire unsealed it is very helpful to become familiar with road conditions and keep up-to-date when travelling, especially during the wet season.

Road Reports

Flinders Shire Road Report

Visit the Flinders Shire Council website for the most recent road reports.

PLEASE NOTE: Flinders Shire Council road reports only apply to the roads within the Flinders Shire boundary and not neighbouring shires.It is advised that motorists proceed with EXTREME


Travelling on all roads during wet weather. Not all roads may have been inspected at the time this condition report was released and conditions are constantly changing. Caution is urged if traversing flooded creek crossings as road surfaces may be damaged, the submerged matter may not be clearly visible and underlying currents can be swift. Road shoulders of sealed roads generally become soft during heavy rain events and movement of the bitumen seal is discouraged.

Road reports are issued for the safety of all members of the travelling public and we ask for your cooperation.

Queensland Government
Traffic and Travel Information

The 131940 Traffic & Travel Information (TTI) website has been designed to provide road users with a real-time view of activities occurring on major Queensland roads. This provides road users with a resource tool to make informed travel decisions. Site users will be able to view:

  • Traffic alerts, traffic flow and road conditions
  • Information on current road works
  • Information on special events (e.g. sporting events, Anzac Day marches, etc.)
  • Images from web cameras located in different parts of Queensland.

Travellers can access this information by phoning 13 19 40 or visiting the 13 19 40 website.

Roads in Other Surrounding Shires

While travelling in Outback Queensland it pays to be aware of road conditions in surrounding Shires especially during the wet season when the road you are travelling on may merge into another Shire.

Road Conditions, Distances & Further Information

Distances from Hughenden

So, how far away is Townsville? How long will it take me to get to Winton? It is how many kilometres to the Northern Territory did you say?


  • Hughenden – Richmond – 112km
  • Hughenden – Julia Creek – 261km
  • Hughenden – Cloncurry – 398km
  • Hughenden – Mt Isa – 519 km
  • Hughenden – Camooweal – 708km
  • Hughenden – Tennant Creek – 1183km
  • Hughenden – Darwin – 2004km
  • Hughenden – Alice Springs – 1498km
  • Hughenden – Prairie – 44km
  • Hughenden – Torrens Creek – 88km
  • Hughenden – Pentland – 138km
  • Hughenden – Homestead – 170km
  • Hughenden – Balfes Creek – 211km
  • Hughenden – Charters Towers – 243km
  • Hughenden – Woodstock – 336km
  • Hughenden – Townsville – 376km
  • Hughenden – Cairns (via Townsville) – 700km
  • Hughenden – Cairns (via Lynd) – 580km
  • Hughenden – Winton – 216km
  • Hughenden – Muttaburra – 205km
  • Hughenden – Longreach (via Winton) – 393 km
  • Hughenden – Longreach (via Muttaburra) – 329km
  • Hughenden – Barcaldine (via Winton) – 499km
  • Hughenden – Barcaldine (via Muttaburra) – 355km
  • Hughenden – Brisbane (Inland) – 1695km
  • Hughenden – Brisbane (Coastal) – 1769km
  • Tennant Creek – Darwin – 1011 km
  • Tennant Creek – Alice Springs – 505 km

Road Conditions

Please note these are the general conditions of each road and weather events are not taken into account. For a current up-to-date report on closures etc on each road please view the road report above.

Flinders Highway (East – Charters Towers, Townsville)

Fully sealed double lane highway, with narrower areas between Hughenden, Prairie and Torrens Creek. In wet conditions, the road can be cut at some of the smaller creeks along the highway. Motorists need to be aware of potholes and other damage however road in good condition.

Flinders Highway (West – Richmond, Julia Creek, Cloncurry & Mount Isa)

Fully sealed double lane highway with some narrow sections. Caution between Hughenden and Richmond. In wet conditions, the road can be cut by some rivers/creeks along the way.

Kennedy Development Road (North – Porcupine Gorge, the Lynd, Undara, Mount Garnett, Tablelands, Cairns etc)

The road to Porcupine Gorge National Park is sealed. The road is accessible by all vehicles, however, can still be affected by wet weather.

The Kennedy Development Road has approximately just over 50% sealed, spilt into sections. The unsealed sections can change quickly with rain and can have bulldust patches and corrugation. The road is suitable for 4wd and High Clearance Vehicles and not recommended for small vehicles such as sedans etc. The Kennedy Development Road past the Oasis Roadhouse is completely sealed double lane road.

If you are unsure about travelling on an unsealed road and would like to travel north, an option may be the Gregory Developmental Road which travels north from Charters Towers and is fully sealed.

Kennedy Development Road (South – Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine)

Good condition, fully sealed double lane road. Narrow in some sections. It is possible for rain to close the road when creeks are running.

Hughenden – Muttaburra

Majority of road unsealed, recommended to 4wd or High Clearance vehicles only. Some areas have black soil and when wet can become very dangerous, very quickly. Some corrugation.

Prairie – Muttabaurra

Sealed until Kooroorinya Nature Reserve (approx 54km) and 12km travelling from Muttaburra. Recommended 4wd or High Clearance vehicles. Some corrugation.

Torrens Creek – Aramac

First 35km (approx) is unsealed, however well maintained. Be cautious of dust and drive to conditions. The sealed section is double lane road and wide.

Basalt Byways

The Basalt Byways is approx 90km and a 4wd track, majority unsealed. The Byway departs Hughenden on the Kennedy Developmental Road, approx 2km from the Flinders Discovery Centre and loops to bring traveller out just west of town. Travellers are to exercise extreme caution in gravel sections.

Flinders River Byways

The Flinders River Byway connects the Flinders Highway and the Kenndy Development Road and is unsealed. The turn off is just past Prairie and the byway is 32km. Travellers then can travel towards Porcupine Gorge or travel 28km back to Hughenden. The byway crosses the sandy base of the Flinders River and travels through rugged country with views of basalt walls running along the horizon. Recommended 4wd.

Eromanga Sea Byway

Approx 64km sealed, 116km unsealed. Departs Hughenden and loops to Prairie after heading south on the Muttaburra road. Beware of corrugation, recommended 4wd.

Mount Walker Lookout

Completely sealed, suitable for most vehicles however may not be suitable for large buses or vehicles towing as there is a 16% incline driving the mountain.