​​​​​​​​Gibb River Road Upgrade

Derby Highway to Fairfield-Leopold Downs Road

  • Upgrading and sealing sections of Gibb River Road.
  • Stage 1 works are complete, with Stage 2 currently unfunded.
  • Works are part of ongoing safety and accessibility improvements.


Image: Photograph of a Semi-trailer truck driving over a cleared section of un-sealed road as part of construction in the Gibb River Road Upgrade in 2015-2018


  • Sealing sections to 8 metres wide with improved drainage facilities and increased sight distance.
  • Reconstruction of existing narrowed sealed sections.
  • Road realignment, drainage improvements, installation of culverts and floodways.

Project update

Project development activities are underway with plans to construct and seal sections of the road over next three years, dependent on funding availability.

Environment and heritage

This project has been assessed and approved by the Department of Water and Environment Regulation under our CPS 818 purpose permit.

Environmental impacts will be managed under a Construction Environmental Management Plan and a Revegetation Plan.

We have obtained clearances for the upgrade works in consultation with the Warrwa Native Title Claimants.


  • Improved road safety
  • Reduced commercial transport costs
  • Reduced road closures due to flooding
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Improved access for Aboriginal communities and tourism

  • 2015-18: Completed 53 km of upgrades between Bungarun Road and Blina Road
  • 2019: Project development activities underway ​​
Last Updated: 13 February 2020