Roads and paths

Who looks after which roads?

Council

Council builds and maintains footpaths, cycleways and bus shelters, and looks after most roads within the local government area, including suburban roads. (Highways are managed by the Queensland Government.)

Across the Cairns region, there are more than 500km of footpaths, more than 100 footbridges, and numerous boardwalks and off-road recreational walking tracks. For more information on cycling and walking in Cairns, including maps showing the off-road paths and on-road bike lanes, visit our cycling and walking page.

Council looks after the majority of roads within the local government area, including suburban roads with the exception of highways which are controlled by the Queensland Government.

Bus shelters

Council installs and maintains bus shelters around the region, on behalf of the Queensland Government (Department of Transport and Main Roads).

DTMR is responsible for managing public transport and bus networks in regional Queensland.

Bus shelter locations are chosen by Council in conjunction with DTMR and the public transport service, Sunbus.

Generally, shelters are not provided on school routes however, in many cases bus routes coincide with the public bus system route and school children can use public transport shelters.

Road closures

To review roads that are temporarily closed for Council works or events, refer to Works in Progress and Public Notices and Alerts. To review other road closures approved by Council, refer to the Public Notices section of The Cairns Post.

To report damage or issues related to bus shelters, footpaths, cycleways, and council roads

Call Council on 1300 69 22 47 or make an online customer request.

State Government

The Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) maintains and controls the following highways:

  • Gillies Highway (Riverstone Road);
  • Bruce Highway (Mulgrave Road);
  • Southern Connection (Ray Jones Dve, Comport St & sections of Kenny St, Florence St and Bunda St);
  • Pine Creek-Yarrabah Road;
  • Kennedy Highway (Kuranda Range Road);
  • Cairns Western Arterial Rd (Reservoir Rd, McCoombe St, Alfred St, Pease St, Anderson St, James St);
  • Stratford Connection Rd (Aeroglen Dve);
  • Captain Cook Highway (Sheridan St).

You can view all Queensland Government-controlled roads on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website. To see Government-controlled roads within the Cairns Regional Council region, please download this map ( PDF, 0.9 MB ).

Property owners

Driveways and crossovers on roads are the responsibility of property owners. The crossover is the part of the driveway that crosses the footway from the kerb to the property boundary. Property owners are responsible for building and maintaining residential driveways and crossovers within the road reserve and within a resident's own property.

Who looks after which roads and paths?

Council builds and maintains footpaths, cycleways and bus shelters, and looks after most roads within the local government area, including suburban roads. Highways are managed by the Queensland Government.

Across the Cairns region, there are more than 500km of footpaths, more than 100 footbridges, and numerous boardwalks and off-road recreational walking tracks. For more information on cycling and walking in Cairns, including maps showing the off-road paths and on-road bike lanes, visit our cycling and walking page.

Responsible agencyRoad or path typeMore information and reporting damage
Council
  • Most suburban roads
  • Cycleways
  • More than 500km of footpaths
  • More than 100 footbridges
  • Boardwalks and off-road recreational walking tracks

Refer to Works in ProgressPublic Notices and Alerts for temporary road closures related to works and events.

To report damage or issues related to bus shelters, footpaths, cycleways, and council roads

Call Council on 1300 69 22 47 or make an online customer request.

State Government
Highways
  • Gillies Highway (Riverstone Road)
  • Bruce Highway (Mulgrave Road)
  • Southern Connection (Ray Jones Dve, Comport St & sections of Kenny St, Florence St and Bunda St)
  • Pine Creek-Yarrabah Road
  • Kennedy Highway (Kuranda Range Road)
  • Cairns Western Arterial Rd (Reservoir Rd, McCoombe St, Alfred St, Pease St, Anderson St, James St)
  • Stratford Connection Rd (Aeroglen Dve)
  • Captain Cook Highway (Sheridan St).

You can view all Queensland Government-controlled roads on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website. To see Government-controlled roads within the Cairns Regional Council region, please download this map ( PDF, 0.9 MB ).

Any issues found on Queensland Government highways (list above should be reported to the Department of Transport and Main Roads by phone 13 19 40, visit the 131940 website or follow @131940_fnnq Twitter feed.

Property owners
  • Driveways
  • Crossovers
The crossover is the part of the driveway that crosses the footway from the kerb to the property boundary. Property owners are responsible for building and maintaining residential driveways and crossovers within the road reserve and within a resident's own property.
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Last updated: 07 January 2021