The Gore Highway is a highway running between Toowoomba and Goondiwindi in Queensland, Australia. Together with Goulburn Valley Highway and Newell Highway, it is a part of the National Highway's Melbourne-Brisbane link. It is signed as National Highway A39.[1]

It is named after two brothers, St George Richard and who established the Yandilla pastoral run in the area (between Pittsworth and Milmerran), through which the road traverses.[2]

It passes through Queensland's Darling Downs region. Typical of the scenery are grazing cattle, orchards and grain farmland. It was elevated to National Highway status in February 1993, and replaced the Cunningham Highway as the main route between Goondiwindi and Brisbane. Interstate traffic is rerouted through Toowoomba and the Warrego Highway as it presents a less steep gradient than via Warwick and Cunninghams Gap, shortening travel time especially for trucks. It was initially designated State Route 85 until February 1993 when National Highway 85 was proclaimed, splitting State Route 85 into two. In 2005 it was given the National Highway A39 designation.[3]

Route description

Speed zones

The highway has three different speed zones. Between Drayton in Toowoomba to Westbrook the speed limit is 90 kilometres per hour (56 mph). From Westbrook to Millmerran (25 kilometres (16 mi) south west) it is 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph). Between Millmerran and Goondiwindi the maximum permitted speed is 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph).

Towns and localities

Approximate road distances (in kilometres) of towns from Toowoomba along the highway

History

Southbrook, 2014

The Toowoomba Bypass was completed in September 2019 and bypasses the urban area of Toowoomba and provides a better crossing of the Great Dividing Range. Gore Highway (A39) was rerouted via the bypass between Athol (in the south) with the Warrego Highway (A2) interchange at Charlton. The original section of Gore Highway to Toowoomba was renamed Toowoomba Athol Road (A139).[4]

Major intersections

LGALocationkmmiDestinationsNotes
GoondiwindiGoondiwindi00.0 Leichhardt Highway (State Highway A5) north - Moonie /
south - Goondiwindi
Western end of Gore Highway. Intersection is 19 kilometres (12 mi) north of Goondiwindi CBD
ToowoombaMilmerran12477 Milmerran-Inglewood Road (State Route 82) - Inglewood
Toowoomba201.4125.1 Warrego Highway (National Route A2) west - Dalby /
east - Toowoomba
Eastern end of Gore Highway. Intersection is 2.2 kilometres (1.4 mi) west of Toowoomba CBD
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

References

  1. ^ Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps
  2. ^ "Gore Highway". Retrieved 23 May 2013.[self-published source]
  3. ^ Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.
  4. ^ "Toowoomba Bypass". Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 5 August 2020.