Supriya Ghosh

Highway 1 (Queensland)

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Type  Highway
Length  2,964 km
Opened  1955
Constructed  1955
Highway 1 (Queensland)
Route number(s)  National Route 1 (NT border to Cairns) A1 (Cairns to Cooroy) M1 (Cooroy to NSW border)
Northwest end  QLD/NT border near Wollogorang
Southeast end  QLD/NSW border near Coolangatta

In Queensland, Highway 1 is a 2,964-kilometre (1,842 mi) long route that crosses the state, from the Northern Territory (NT) border near Wollogorang to Cairns, and then travels along the coastline to the New South Wales (NSW) border near Coolangatta. Highway 1 continues around the rest of Australia, joining all mainland state capitals, and connecting major centres in Tasmania. All roads within the Highway 1 system are allocated a road route numbered 1, M1, A1, or B1, depending on the state route numbering system. In Queensland, the highway is designated as National Route 1 from the NT border to Cairns, Route A1 from Cairns to Cooroy, and then Route M1 down to the NSW border.



Highway 1 was created as part of the National Route Numbering system, adopted in 1955. The route was compiled from an existing network of state and local roads and tracks.

Route description

The Savannah Way is the largely unsignposted route for Highway 1 between the Northern Territory border and Normanton. From there, it follows the Gulf Developmental Road, Kennedy Highway and Captain Cook Highway to Cairns. Highway 1 then travels southwards along the Queensland Coast along Bruce Highway to Brisbane. The highway travels through Brisbane as the Gateway Motorway, and continues south as the Pacific Motorway, towards the Gold Coast, and subsequently, the New South Wales border.

The following sections, which are freeways or dual carriageways, are designated as route M1:

  • Bruce Highway from Cooroy to Bald Hills.
  • Gateway Motorway from Bald Hills to Eight Mile Plains.
  • Pacific Motorway from Eight Mile Plains to the New South Wales Border, linking 'directly' with the Tugun Bypass.
  • Major intersections

  • Kennedy Developmental Road (State Route 62)
  • Mulligan Highway (State Route 81)
  • Captain Cook Highway (State Route 44)
  • Gillies Highway (State Route 52)
  • Palmerston Highway (State Route 25)
  • Flinders Highway (A6)
  • Peak Downs Highway (State Route 70)
  • Capricorn Highway (A4)
  • Burnett Highway (A3)
  • Dawson Highway (State Route 60)
  • Isis Highway (State Route 52)
  • Wide Bay Highway (State Route 49)
  • Gateway Motorway (M2)
  • References

    Highway 1 (Queensland) Wikipedia

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