The Central Highlands has an extensive road network, incorporating sealed highways, and major and minor roads. Two major highways run through the region which are the Gregory (north-south) and Capricorn Highway (east-west).
If you don’t have your own wheels than regular bus services operate throughout the region. Rental vehicles are readily available for hire and taxi services are provided in major centres. A full listing of operators can be found by using the local Business Directory on the CHDC website.
The “Spirit of the Outback” train travels from Brisbane through Rockhampton to Longreach twice a week. This fascinating journey provides a unique insight into the history of the outback with sleeping berths and restaurant dining cars available. The region also has rail connections north to Mackay and numerous industries within and surrounding the Central Highlands region utilise this rail system. For more information on rail transportation for passenger travel visit queenslandrail.com.au or for freight and network information please visit qrnational.com.au.
Flying into Emerald saves the time of travelling to the region. With several daily flights operating from Brisbane by QantasLink, Virgin and Air Alliance, many opt for this form of transport. Visit the council website to learn more about the local airport facilities which include private charters, freight and passenger services. To make reservations visit the carriers websites or contact the local travel agent the the Central Highlands Business Directory.
Our neighbouring coastal ports located at Mackay, Hay Point, Abbot Point and the closest at Gladstone only 290kms away, together service the coal mining, agricultural and pastoral industries of the Central Highlands.
If you are requiring an update of the current road conditions within the Central Highlands the following resources may be of use:
For the latest information on road conditions:
- Listen to your local radio station.
- Call 13 19 40.
- For main roads visit www.131940.qld.gov.au
- For local roads in the Central Highlands visit the CHRC website www.centralhighlands.qld.gov.au or keep in touch with the Central Highlands Regional Council facebook page.
- For local roads outside the Central Highlands region contact the local government office for the roads you are traveling on.
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