Current Road Conditions Current Road Conditions

ROAD CLOSURES as at Wednesday 13th February 2019

The following roads are Open with Caution:

Flinders Highway

Julia Creek to Cloncurry OPEN WITH CAUTION

Landsborough Highway 
Kynuna to McKinlay (High clearance vehicles only).
McKinlay to Cloncurry (High clearance vehicles only).

Julia Creek to Kynuna Road OPEN WITH CAUTION


The following closures are in effect due to the January/February rain event:

Flinders Highway 
Julia Creek to Richmond CLOSED - Impassable due to water over the road
Julia Creek to Burke and Wills Junction 'Beef Road' CLOSED 
Gilliat McKinlay Road (Gidyea Bug By Way) CLOSED  

Taldora Road CLOSED

Nelia Bunda Road CLOSED

Punchbowl Road CLOSED

Toolebuc McKinlay Road CLOSED

Road Conditions can change at anytime. Before travelling please check Qld Traffic.

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.



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

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).

For further Queensland Road Conditions please click on the link: QLDTraffic and enter the town name you are wanting to find information on, then hit enter.  Or call Queensland Government - QLDTraffic131940 for recorded messages.

Flood Cameras Flood Cameras

Council has four river web cameras situated at key locations in the Shire. The cameras take three photos every day and are very useful for determing road access during the wet season. To view the latest images please follow this link.

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.

Your feedback can help identify road damage in the region
McKinlay Shire Council is partnering with Townsville engineering firm AECOM to deliver the NDRRA Flood Restoration Works Program.

The current works are being done to repair the Shire’s road and drainage network following severe weather events in 2014. The 2014 event program’s total repair and restoration effort is expected to continue through until June 2016 with a forecast works value over $5M. During this time, Council will also be continuing with its normal capital and road maintenance works.

Inspection of road damage in the region has also progressed. Community members are being encouraged to help identify the damage by providing photographs and information on the location, extent and source of road damage. This may identify both routine road damage, and issues related to disaster events, which can enable a timely response and repair.

In addition to the road damage, Council is also interested in the community’s views on ‘wish list’ items for future infrastructure improvements. What improvements would you like to see? What is on your ‘wish list’?  For example – floodways, culverts, road upgrades, or level changes. Your views will help to shape the future of the Shire.

You can provide information and feedback online by completing this feedback form.

Following the inspections and assessment of road damage, repairs will be prioritised into a schedule of works. 

It’s important to remember that Council’s first priority is to ensure the safety of the community. The priorities for repairing roads will be determined by a number of factors such as safety requirements, extent of damage, funding arrangements and levels of road usage (traffic volumes).

Further information on the NDDRA Flood Restoration Works Program is available in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Remember to check Council’s website and Facebook page for updates on the NDDRA program. You can also contact Council on 4746 7166 or email at