Burke Developmental Road

Burke Developmental Road is a popular tourist route

Commencing at Dimbulah, approximately 120km west of Cairns in Far North Queensland, the 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.

Is the Burke Developmental Road sealed?

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. 

How long is the Burke Developmental Road?

The road is 1.079km (670 mi) long. 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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