Condamine River Road and its funny 14 river crossings

Condamine River Road is a spectacular drive near Killarney in southern Queensland, Australia. The track crosses the Condamine River 14 times. It’s subject to flooding.

Condamine River Road

How long is the Condamine River track?

The road is 20.8km (12.92 miles) long running west-east from Killarney (in the Southern Downs Region) to “The Head”, on the paved Spring Creek Road. The track is one lane so take it easy and be aware of oncoming traffic.

Is Condamine River Road sealed?

Winding through the Cambanoora Gorge, the road is totally unpaved with a variety of large potholes. It’s a well maintained dirt road. Some crossings are very rocky, so drive slowly to avoid any dints.

Is Condamine River crossings open?

The road is suitable for high-clearance 4WD vehicles with low-range gearing only. It’s not suitable for trucks, buses, caravans or trailers. Built to carry supplies and mail to early settlers, the road crosses 14 times the Condamine River. During normal conditions the crossings of the river are relatively shallow. There are indicators showing the depth. The water levels generally will sit just below the steps on your stock standard 4x4; however the river is weather dependent and can rise rapidly, making it impassable. It is advisable to check conditions with the Warwick Visitor Information Centre prior to visiting because if the region has had a lot of rain there will be flooding and some crossing may be too deep. The speed limit through the crossings is 5 km/hr. Some crossings are very rocky, so drive slowly to avoid any dints. Make sure you plan ahead because if the region has had a lot of rain there’s a chance the track could be closed.

How long does it take to drive the Condamine River Road?

To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours depending on road conditions and water levels. The speed limit along the track is 30 kph. It frequently closes after heavy rains, although in good conditions it makes for an easy, scenic drive. It has amazing views, lots of wild life and a relaxed environment as you explore the beautiful rocky creek beds and tall eucalyptus trees. In some sections you will spot sections of the old rabbit fence, originally meant as a barrier to separate QLD and NSW.