Condamine River Road and its fun 14 river crossings
Condamine River Road is the name of a spectacular drive near Killarney in southern Queensland, Australia. The track crosses the Condamine River 14 times. It’s subject to flooding.
How long is Condamine River Road?
Winding through the Cambanoora Gorge, the road is totally unpaved with a variety of large potholes. It’s a well maintained dirt road. It’s 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 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. 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. 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.