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Leichhardt Highway
10 Days  / 2019  Kilometres

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Description

Set off on a modern day adventure as you 'blaze a trail' along the fully sealed Leichhardt Highway linking Australia's second largest city Melbourne through Queensland's border town Goondiwindi to the charismatic heart of the Capricorn Coast, Yeppoon.

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First traversed by courageous explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, this inland route - recognised as the fastest touring route from Melbourne to the Tropics - takes you away from the hustle and bustle, making it a perfect choice for your next trip.

Countless treasures tempt you to linger longer - picturesque inland waterways brimming with freshwater fish - perfect for anglers, world acclaimed botanic gardens, intriguing National Parks, tranquil lagoons, and welcoming locals always ready for a chat.

Step back in time as you walk through historical collections that will truly amaze you, witness what was once the world's largest and richest gold mine and then there's the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef! Add to that a range of accommodation options fitting every budget and you'll soon understand why this acclaimed historic route lives up to its reputation as one of excitement and discovery.

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Journey Routes


  • Melbourne to Narrandera

    Watch as Melbourne, Australia's second biggest city, disappears behind and you head north to the rich heritage river town of Narrandera. Along the way, historical gardens, buildings, wineries and the mighty Murray River, Australia's longest river, await. The Murray's sandy banks form mini beaches fringed with red gum forest, and make an ideal spot for a picnic or a night's camp. For those who enjoy a round or two or golf, Narrandera, set on the Murrumbidgee River, in the heart of the Riverina, boasts the Lake Talbot Complex, one of the finest golf courses in country New South Wales.
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  • Narrandera to Dubbo

    Today it's off to Dubbo - the city of unexpected attractions. Along the way, walk the 'crooked mile' of West Wyalong's main street - once a bullock track woven around gold diggings. Call into the Albion Hotel in Forbes and check out the tunnels built to secure the safe passage of gold back in the good old days. Notorious bushranger Ben Hall and his gang once ruled the roost around here. He now leads a much quieter life in the town's cemetery! At Parkes, see the amazing CSIRO Radio Telescope - where filming took place for the Australian hit movie "The Dish".
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  • Dubbo to Goondiwindi

    Everyone enjoys an up and close encounter at Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo where over 1,000 animals roam free of cages. Don't forget the sausages - there are free barbecues. As the road stretches north, look up at night - this is Big Sky Country. Coonabarabran, nestled in the charming foothills of the Warrumbungle Mountain Range, claims the title of Australia's Astronomy Capital. The skies along this part of your journey are said to be the clearest in the country. Travel through the Pilliga Scrub to Narrabri - don't miss Sawn Rocks, one of Mother Nature's masterpieces - then allow Goondiwindi welcome you to Queensland.
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  • Goondiwindi to Miles

    Start your sightseeing around this picturesque town at the border precinct - with its statue tribute to legend racehorse Gunsynd, Customs House, old border bridge, and river walk. The Botanic Gardens and Natural Heritage Water Park are both good places to pull in the van for lunch. Through Moonie, the oil capital of Australia, the Leichhardt takes you to tiny settlements where from each extraordinary attractions wait to be explored. Caliguel Lagoon, seven kilometres south of Condamine is one. At this top free camping spot - great for fishing - during late summer and autumn rare purple water lilies bloom.
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  • Miles to Banana Shire

    When Leichhardt camped at Miles, he called it Dogwood Crossing. At the state of the art Dogwood Crossing @ Miles, hear local pioneers tell heroic tales. Step back in time with a visit to the Miles Historical Village - considered one of the best collections of Australian memorabilia. Follow a wildflower trail during spring when dainty blossoms carpet the countryside. At Taroom, Leichhardt blazed his initials into a coolabah located in Yaldwyn Street in 1844. Although the bark has now grown over the blaze, many photos still exist to prove its existence. The 300 year old tree has become an iconic landmark. Visit Gilberts Lookout and stand in the footsteps of Leichhardt and Gilbert who thought the view was the 'most pleasing natural picture' they had seen. For the next 150 kilometres, take your pick from lakes and pristine rivers to camp and fish. Sweet Isla Gorge's lookout is perfect for sunset.
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Journey Details

Duration10 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Distance2019  KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of Travel4x4
Car
Caravan
Motorcycle
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - 2

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area

Activities

  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Swimming
    Swimming
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


Other Information


Visit our Driving Safety and Advice page for more information or the RACQ website for the latest road conditions.

Leichhardt Highway Full Itinerary


Melbourne to Narrandera

Watch as Melbourne, Australia's second biggest city, disappears behind and you head north to the rich heritage river town of Narrandera. Along the way, historical gardens, buildings, wineries and the mighty Murray River, Australia's longest river, await. The Murray's sandy banks form mini beaches fringed with red gum forest, and make an ideal spot for a picnic or a night's camp.

For those who enjoy a round or two or golf, Narrandera, set on the Murrumbidgee River, in the heart of the Riverina, boasts the Lake Talbot Complex, one of the finest golf courses in country New South Wales.



Route Details

Distance:
427 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Narrandera to Dubbo

Today it's off to Dubbo - the city of unexpected attractions. Along the way, walk the 'crooked mile' of West Wyalong's main street - once a bullock track woven around gold diggings. Call into the Albion Hotel in Forbes and check out the tunnels built to secure the safe passage of gold back in the good old days. Notorious bushranger Ben Hall and his gang once ruled the roost around here. He now leads a much quieter life in the town's cemetery! At Parkes, see the amazing CSIRO Radio Telescope - where filming took place for the Australian hit movie "The Dish".



Route Details

Distance:
393 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Dubbo to Goondiwindi

Everyone enjoys an up and close encounter at Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo where over 1,000 animals roam free of cages. Don't forget the sausages - there are free barbecues. As the road stretches north, look up at night - this is Big Sky Country. Coonabarabran, nestled in the charming foothills of the Warrumbungle Mountain Range, claims the title of Australia's Astronomy Capital. The skies along this part of your journey are said to be the clearest in the country. Travel through the Pilliga Scrub to Narrabri - don't miss Sawn Rocks, one of Mother Nature's masterpieces - then allow Goondiwindi welcome you to Queensland.



Route Details

Distance:
502 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Goondiwindi to Miles

Start your sightseeing around this picturesque town at the border precinct - with its statue tribute to legend racehorse Gunsynd, Customs House, old border bridge, and river walk. The Botanic Gardens and Natural Heritage Water Park are both good places to pull in the van for lunch.

Through Moonie, the oil capital of Australia, the Leichhardt takes you to tiny settlements where from each extraordinary attractions wait to be explored. Caliguel Lagoon, seven kilometres south of Condamine is one. At this top free camping spot - great for fishing - during late summer and autumn rare purple water lilies bloom.



Route Details

Distance:
226 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Miles to Banana Shire

When Leichhardt camped at Miles, he called it Dogwood Crossing. At the state of the art Dogwood Crossing @ Miles, hear local pioneers tell heroic tales. Step back in time with a visit to the Miles Historical Village - considered one of the best collections of Australian memorabilia. Follow a wildflower trail during spring when dainty blossoms carpet the countryside.

At Taroom, Leichhardt blazed his initials into a coolabah located in Yaldwyn Street in 1844. Although the bark has now grown over the blaze, many photos still exist to prove its existence. The 300 year old tree has become an iconic landmark. Visit Gilberts Lookout and stand in the footsteps of Leichhardt and Gilbert who thought the view was the 'most pleasing natural picture' they had seen. For the next 150 kilometres, take your pick from lakes and pristine rivers to camp and fish. Sweet Isla Gorge's lookout is perfect for sunset.



Route Details

Distance:
226 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Banana Shire to Rockhampton

Don't be surprised to find not a single banana growing anywhere near the township of Banana. It's actually named after a famous yellow bullock from back in the 1800's. Baralaba, 40 clicks from Rannes, is another great fishing gem for those that like to cast a line.

The Leichhardt Highway then takes you to the historic township of Mount Morgan. Once the home to the richest and largest gold mine in the world, it has a few secrets worth discovering. Next is Rockhampton, Capital of the Capricorn, and worthy as base for a night or two with so much to do.



Photos

Mount Morgan Lookout
Mount Morgan Lookout
Mount Morgan Historical Museum
Mount Morgan Historical Museum
The Private Victor Stanley Jones Suspension Bridge
The Private Victor Stanley Jones Suspension Bridge


Route Details

Distance:
150 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Rockhampton to Yeppoon

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Now officially right on top of the Tropic of Capricorn, in Rocky as the locals call Rockhampton, take the time to visit heritage-listed gardens, historic Quay Street, intriguing caves and the largest livestock-selling facility in Australia, Gracemere Sale Yards. Alternatively, relax and unwind on the banks of the Fitzroy River and wait for a Barramundi to 'have a chew.'

Yeppoon, 38 kilometres east of Rockhampton, is the end of the celebrated Leichhardt Highway. On the doorstep to The Great Barrier Reef, this exquisite area boasts long sweeping beaches and unspoilt National Parks. You may never want to leave!



Photos

Fitzroy River - Rockhampton
Fitzroy River - Rockhampton
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo
Keppel Bay Marina
Keppel Bay Marina
Diving at Great Keppel Island
Diving at Great Keppel Island


Route Details

Distance:
41 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Entertainment
    Entertainment
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Island
    Island
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
    Nightlife/Clubs/Pubs/Casinos
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Rail
    Rail
  • Reef
    Reef
  • Shopping
    Shopping
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



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Driving Directions

1 - Melbourne to Narrandera
Start from:9-25 Dynon Road, West Melbourne VIC 3003, Australia
End at:29-31 Hankinson Street, Narrandera NSW 2700, Australia
Distance:434 km
Duration:5 hours 8 mins
Directions:
  1. Head west on Dynon Rd/State Route 50 toward Dynon Rd Exit
  2. Take the Route 43 ramp to Citylink Tollway/Bendigo/HUME HIGHWAY/Airport
    Toll road
  3. Merge onto M2
    Partial toll road
  4. Keep right at the fork to stay on M2, follow signs for Route 43/National Highway M31/Tullamarine Freeway/Melbourne Airport/Hume Freeway
  5. Take exit Western Ring Rd for National Highway M80 toward National Highway M31/Hume Freeway
  6. Keep right, follow signs for M80/M31/Hume Fwy/Greensborough and merge onto M80
  7. Take the Hume Freeway exit toward M31/Seymour/Sydney
  8. Continue onto Hume Fwy/M31
  9. Take the National Highway M39 exit toward B340/Shepparton/Seymour
  10. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for A39/Nagambie/Shepparton and merge onto National Hwy M39
  11. Continue onto National Hwy A39
  12. Turn right to stay on National Hwy A39
  13. Turn left to stay on National Hwy A39 (signs for A39/Tocumwal)
    Entering New South Wales
  14. Continue onto Dean St/Newell Hwy/A39
    Continue to follow Newell Hwy/A39
  15. Turn right onto Newell Hwy/Sturt Hwy/A20/A39 (signs for Narrandera/Wagga Wagga/Route 20/National Highway 39)
  16. Slight left toward Newell Hwy/A39 (signs for Narrandera/Newell Highway/National Highway 39)
  17. Merge onto Newell Hwy/A39
  18. Turn left onto Larmer St
  19. Take the 2nd left onto Narrungdera St
  20. Narrungdera St turns slightly right and becomes Hankinson St
    Destination will be on the left
2 - Narrandera to Dubbo
Start from:29-31 Hankinson Street, Narrandera NSW 2700, Australia
End at:Unnamed Road, Dubbo NSW 2830, Australia
Distance:396 km
Duration:4 hours 48 mins
Directions:
  1. Head east on Hankinson St toward Townsend St
  2. Slight left onto Narrungdera St
  3. Turn right onto Larmer St
  4. Take the 2nd left onto Cadell St/Newell Hwy/A39
    Continue to follow A39
  5. Turn right onto Hartigan Ave/Newell Hwy/A39 (signs for Newell Highway/National Highway 39/Orange/Dubbo)
    Continue to follow Newell Hwy/A39
  6. Slight left toward Newell Hwy/A39 (signs for Newell Highway/Dubbo/National Highway 39)
  7. Merge onto Newell Hwy/A39
  8. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Mitchell Hwy/Victoria St/A32
    Continue to follow Mitchell Hwy/A32
  9. Turn left
    Restricted usage road
3 - Dubbo to Goondiwindi
Start from:Unnamed Road, Dubbo NSW 2830, Australia
End at:67 Elizabeth Drive, Goondiwindi QLD 4390, Australia
Distance:509 km
Duration:6 hours 6 mins
Directions:
  1. Head east toward Mitchell Hwy/A32
    Restricted usage road
  2. Turn right onto Mitchell Hwy/A32
  3. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Newell Hwy/Whylandra St/A39
    Continue to follow Newell Hwy/A39
    Go through 1 roundabout
  4. Turn left onto Bourke St/Newell Hwy/A39
    Continue to follow Newell Hwy/A39
  5. Turn right onto Newell Hwy/Oxley Hwy/Oxley-Castlereagh Hwy/A39/B55/B56 (signs for Newell Highway/Coonabarabran/National Highway 39/State Route 86/Dunedoo)
    Continue to follow Newell Hwy/Oxley Hwy/A39/B56
  6. Turn left onto Newell Hwy/A39
  7. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Newell Hwy/A39 heading to Narrabri/Wee Waa
  8. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Barwan St/Newell Hwy/A39
    Continue to follow Newell Hwy/A39
  9. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Alice St/Gwydir Hwy/A39/B76
  10. Turn left onto Moree Bypass/A39
    Continue to follow A39
    Entering Queensland
  11. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Marshall St/Newell Hwy/A39/State Route 85
    Continue to follow Marshall St/A39/State Route 85
  12. Slight left onto Marshall St
  13. Marshall St turns slightly right and becomes Elizabeth Dr
    Destination will be on the left
4 - Goondiwindi to Miles
Start from:67 Elizabeth Drive, Goondiwindi QLD 4390, Australia
End at:LOT 12 Paddys Creek Road, Miles QLD 4415, Australia
Distance:227 km
Duration:2 hours 42 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest on Elizabeth Dr toward Callandoon St
  2. Take the 3rd right onto Boyle St
  3. Turn left onto Russell St/A39/State Route 85
    Continue to follow A39/State Route 85
  4. Turn right onto Barwon Hwy/West St/A39/State Route 85 (signs for Toowoomba/Rockhampton/Route 85)
    Continue to follow A39
  5. Turn left onto Leichhardt Hwy/A5 (signs for Moonie)
  6. Turn left onto National Highway A2
  7. Slight left to stay on National Highway A2
  8. Turn left
    Destination will be on the right
5 - Miles to Banana Shire
Start from:LOT 12 Paddys Creek Road, Miles QLD 4415, Australia
End at:LOT 144 Leichhardt Highway, Banana QLD 4702, Australia
Distance:283 km
Duration:3 hours 15 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northwest toward National Highway A2
  2. Turn right onto National Highway A2
  3. Turn left onto Leichhardt Hwy/A5
  4. Turn left to stay on Leichhardt Hwy/A5
    Continue to follow A5
6 - Banana Shire to Rockhampton
Start from:LOT 144 Leichhardt Highway, Banana QLD 4702, Australia
End at:16 Dowling Street, Park Avenue QLD 4701, Australia
Distance:162 km
Duration:1 hour 58 mins
Directions:
  1. Head northeast on Leichhardt Hwy/A5 toward Fairview Rd
  2. Turn left to stay on Leichhardt Hwy/A5
  3. Turn right onto Capricorn Hwy/A4 (signs for Gracemere/Rockhampton)
  4. Keep left to continue toward National Highway A1
  5. Continue onto National Highway A1
  6. Turn right onto Fitzroy St
  7. Take the exit toward Ashney St
  8. Turn left onto Ashney St
  9. Slight left onto Bridge St
  10. Continue onto Glenmore Rd
  11. Turn right onto Welch St
  12. Take the 1st right to stay on Welch St
  13. Turn left onto Fraser St
  14. Fraser St turns left and becomes Dowling St
    Destination will be on the right
7 - Rockhampton to Yeppoon
Start from:16 Dowling Street, Park Avenue QLD 4701, Australia
End at:4 Park Street, Yeppoon QLD 4703, Australia
Distance:40.6 km
Duration:37 mins
Directions:
  1. Head southeast on Dowling St toward Fraser St
  2. Dowling St turns right and becomes Fraser St
  3. Turn right onto Welch St
  4. Turn right onto Horace St
  5. Continue onto Knight St
  6. Turn right to stay on Knight St
  7. Take the 1st left onto National Highway A1
  8. Turn left to stay on National Highway A1 (signs for A1/Marlborough/Mackay/Yeppoon)
  9. Turn right onto Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd/Yeppoon Rd
  10. Slight left onto Rockhampton Rd
  11. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Park St
  12. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Braithwaite St
  13. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Braithwaite St
  14. Turn right onto Ben St
  15. Slight right toward Park St
  16. Turn right onto Park St
    Destination will be on the right




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