Getting Around


The Central Queensland Highlands has an extensive road network, incorporating sealed highways, and major and minor roads. Two major highways run through the region which are the Gregory (north-south) and Capricorn Highway (east-west).

Rental vehicles are readily available for hire and taxi services are provided in major centres.

For the latest information on road conditions:


The “Spirit of the Outback” train travels from Brisbane through Rockhampton to Longreach twice a week. This fascinating journey provides a unique insight into the history of the outback with sleeping berths and restaurant dining cars available.

The region also has rail connections north to Mackay and numerous industries within and surrounding the Central Queensland Highlands  utilise this rail system.

For more information on rail transportation for passenger travel visit or for freight and network information visit


Flying into Emerald saves the time of travelling to the region. With several daily flights operating from Brisbane by QantasLink, Virgin and Air Alliance, many opt for this form of transport. Visit the council website to learn more about the local airport facilities which include private charters, freight and passenger services. To make reservations, visit the carriers, websites.


Our neighbouring coastal ports – located at Mackay, Hay Point, Abbot Point and the closest at Gladstone only 290kms away – service the coal mining, agricultural and pastoral industries of the Central Queensland Highlands.

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