Burke Developmental Road

Burke Developmental Road

Commencing at Dimbulah, approximately 120km west of Cairns in Far North Queensland, the 1.079km (670 mi) long Burke Developmental Road crosses the base of Cape York Peninsula to Normanton at the southern end of the Gulf of Carpentaria, before heading south to Cloncurry, approximately 100km east of Mt Isa.

This track, with sealed and unsealed sections, is used to service the graziers, miners and remote communities in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The design of the road made it a popular tourist route. The Burke Developmental Road (BDR) was constructed to service the beef industry and is a great drive. Very few vehicles, thousands upon thousands of cattle and million of acres of savannah woodland country. 

The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. In any case, driving 4WD is recommended due to uneven surface. In early 2009 sections of the road were damaged as a result of monsoonal flooding caused by Tropical Cyclones Ellie and Charlotte. Although it can be a reasonably easy drive in favourable conditions it also has the potential to be a very difficult track and at times impassable after wet weather. It’s one of the Australian longest roads.

 

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