Driving in Queensland

Queensland is a great place to live and a great place to visit. The information below is provided to help both locals and visitors to be safe, get to their destinations on time, and make the most of travelling through Queensland by road.


Useful information:


A first-hand look at outback roads:

  • Queensland Police Service are reminding motorists of the hidden dangers on outback roads. Today and every day, on roads right across Queensland, drive safely to arrive alive and remember the Fatal Five.

  • ​Throughout the winter months, QPS officers across the South West see populations swell as motorists and tourists travel through some of Queensland's most vast and remote areas, travelling outback roads to there.

  • A road safety initiative focused on outback driving has been released today, detailing some of the conditions encountered on outback Queensland roads as well as dashcam footage from an incident in 2018.

  • While no one was seriously injured, the dashcam footage depicts a collision which happened between Windorah and Birdsville during the busy tourist period.

  • As shown in the footage, traffic on the road creates extra dust which then becomes a visibility hazard for motorists. 
    QPS_my Police South West

Handy hints for when you are driving in different conditions:

Items of interest to Queensland motorists

  • Transport and Main Roads' Guide to Queensland Roads shows types of road surfaces, distances, travelling time and rest areas on principal roads through Queensland.

  • The Queensland Road Rules are developed for your safety. Make sure you know and follow the road rules at all times.

  • Find your nearest Visitor Information Centre. Visitor Information Centre staff can give advice on where to stay and what to do, and can help book accommodation and activities. 

  • Plan your Queensland adventure based on the State Touring Routes (PDF, 265KB).

  • If you are looking for other handy tips when heading out west, it is worth taking a look at the Qutback Queensland .

  • The State Highways and Motorways Report (PDF, 150KB) shows closures and restrictions on Queensland roads. This report is updated hourly with information as published on the QLDTraffic home page.

  • ​If you are travelling interstate, please check road conditions via Interstate Information.
                             
  • It is always worth taking the time to check the weather before setting out on a journey, local weather information can be found on BOM for QLD.