Getting Around


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).

Perhaps you enjoy journeys through scenic diverse country side? Then the individual self drive tours along one of the eight tourist routes are ideal. Take the time to soak of the history of each area in this large and wonderful region through the local museums and buildings.

railClick on any of the following town names, to find an interactive map to assist you finding your way around the several townships located in the Central Highlands.

3.4 RoadIf 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 directory on this website.


The “Spirit of the Outback” train travels twice weekly from Rockhampton to Longreach. 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. For more information on rail transportation for passenger travel visit or for freight and network information please visit


Flying into Emerald saves the time of travelling to the region. With several daily flights operating from Brisbane by QantasLink and Virgin, 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 in our local 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.

Road Conditions

If you are requiring an update of the current road conditions within the Central Highlands visit the Qld Main Roads ‘Traffic and Travel Information’ website or call their hotline on 131 940 alternatively visit the RACQ website or phone the RACQ hotline on 1300 130 595 for 24-hour road reports.

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