From Far North QLD

North Queensland to the Darling River? Now that is a drive and while it can be done as a straight drive, why not ad some adventure to it and pick one of these great routes as an alternative to the busy coast road.

Driving to the Darling River from North Queensland

Getting from North Queensland to the Darling River provides a great journey and continuing along the Darling River Run all the way to Wentworth is a real Australian adventure. 


Cairns to Bourke


Kennedy Highway > Landsborough Highway > Mitchell Highway: (Distance = 1,825km approx)

This inland route is an adventure within itself taking in some great inland Queensland country including the Undara Volcanic National Park and some iconic towns like Winton (The Waltzing Matilda Centre), Longreach (The Stockman's Hall of Fame), Barcaldine, Charleville, Cunnamulla , across the NSW/QLD border to join The Kidman Way to Bourke.



Mackay to Walgett


Peak Downs Highway > Gregory Highway > Carnarvon Highway > Gwydir Highway: (Distance = 1,260km approx)

Leaving the coast at Mackay, the Peak Downs Highway travels southeast to Clermont and then the Gregory Highway crosses the Capricorn Highway at iconic Emerald. (If you are interested in see the world's largest Van Gough painting, be sure to visit Emerald).

Roma and St George are reached via the Carnarvon Highway then join up with the Castlereagh Highway to Goodooga and on to Walgett.



Rockhampton to Bourke


Rockhampton to Bourke: (Distance = 940km approx)

If you wish to travel from Rockhampton to the Darling River, or wish to visit Rockhampton after touring the Darling River, the inland drive will certainly take you off the beaten track in parts and take you through some iconic Queensland country.

The trip will allow you to experience towns like Biloela, Miles, Roma, and St George.

From St George, the Castlereagh Highway will cross the border near Hebel and continue through the Opal fields of NSW - perfect to visit Lightning Ridge which is just off the highway about 60kms from the NSW-Queensland border.