Current Road Conditions Current Road Conditions

McKinlay Shire Council owns and maintains the local road network to service properties within McKinlay Shire. The majority of these roads are unsealed and may be impassable during wet weather.  McKinlay Shire Council is the maintenance contractor for all state controlled roads in the Shire. Please report any washouts or other road damage on 0428 464 001 or 07 47467 166.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the Visitor Information Centre on 07 4746 7690 or McKinlay Shire Council Office on 07 4746 7166 during office hours (8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday).





Open 4WD

Wet or Boggy Conditions

Bad Wheel Rutts


Julia Creek to Richmond







Julia Creek to Burke & Wills







Julia Creek to Kynuna







Julia Creek to Cloncurry







Julia Creek to McKinlay







McKinlay to Cannington







Kynuna to McKinlay







Punchbowl Road






Taldora Road X  




Nelia Bunda Road X      




PLEASE NOTE:For travelling on roads within McKinlay Shire Council please proceed with extreme caution at floodway crossings, river crossings as road conditions can change without warning.

For further Queensland Road Conditions please visit the RACQ website or Queensland Government 131940 Traffic and Travel website.


Bureau of Metereology River Heights Bulletin


Flinders River at Etta Plains

Corella Creek (Between Julia Creek & Nelia

Julia Creek

Eastern Creek

Holy Joe (Between Julia Creek & Oorindi

Box Creek (Cloncurry side of Holy Joe between Julia Creek and Oorindi)


TMR Western Roads Upgrade Program - program update

For current information in relation to the road network upgrade click HERE


Flinders River Web Cams Flinders River Web Cams

These web cams are situated at sites across the Shire.


Flinders River - Lara Crossing

Flinders River - Puchbowl Crossing

Sardine Creek

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Disaster Management Disaster Management

McKinlay Shire Council has the primary responsibility for managing the impacts of disasters and emergencies within our boundaries. The McKinlay Shire Council Disaster Management Plan outlines our disaster management system roles and responsibilities, and provides a framework of sub-plans for our most likely threats, and for the recovery phase following an event.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

Associated Documents for McKinlay Shire Disaster Management Plan:
Annexure A
Annexure B
Annexure C
Annexure D
Annexure E 


As Christmas fast approaches so does the north west's storms that can bring with them damaging winds and heavy rains. McKinlay Shire Council would like to remind residents of McKinlay Shire that if you haven't already done so, you should prepare your property. CLICK HERE to read more about staying safe and being prepared this storm season.

More information from RU Ready QLD website can be viewed HERE

Road Strategy Report Road Strategy Report

Council have seen an opportunity to develop this Road Strategy Report as a living document and to continue to engage community through the formation of the McKinlay Shire Roads Strategy Committee. It is the intention of Council that this committee remain in place to ensure grass roots discussion and input of local knowledge across the Shire informs the direction of future Council development, maintenance and expenditure on road infrastructure.

Council needs to be able to provide residents with a clear commitment of service level for roads that allow for economic prosperity whilst maintaining solid financial management of Council, State and Federal funds.

To view this document please CLICK HERE