Thomson Developmental Road

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Thomson Developmental Road
Queensland
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Thomson Developmental Road (green and black)
General information
Type Rural road
Length 319 km (198 mi)
Route number(s) Australian national route 79.svg National Route 79
Major junctions
North-east endAUS Alphanumeric Route A2.svg Landsborough Highway
South-west endAustralian state route 14.svg State Route 14 (Diamantina Developmental Road)
Location(s)
Major settlements Jundah

The Thomson Developmental Road is a designated sealed road in south-west Queensland running between Longreach and Windorah. [1] The length is 319 kilometres (198 mi), and it was formerly part of National Route 79 from Melbourne to Longreach. [2] Towns en-route are Stonehenge and Jundah, and the road crosses the Thomson River just west of Jundah. The road has no major intersections.

Queensland North-east state of Australia

Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, with Papua New Guinea located less than 200 km across it from the mainland. The state is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres (715,309 sq mi).

Windorah Town in Queensland, Australia

Windorah is one of three towns in the Barcoo and a locality in Central West Queensland, Australia. It is stated that the town is named after the local Aboriginal word for "Big Fish", although according to an account of the Durack settlers, the name means high, stony place. At the 2006 census, Windorah had a population of 158. In the 2016 census, Windorah's population had decreased to 115, with 20.5% of the population identifying as indigenous.

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 9,992.5 km2 (3,858.1 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of approximately 4.9 million, and its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians".

See also

Highways in Australia describes the highways of Australia

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References

  1. Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps
  2. Hema Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains, Queensland: Hema Maps. p. 12. ISBN   978-1-86500-456-3.