New sealed coastal road a boost for grey nomads

Published: November 22, 2016
coastal route in Queensland

A plan to boost tourism in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and keep grey nomads off the notorious Bruce Highway has been given a boost.

The government has reaffirmed its commitment to help upgrade the Noosa to Cooloola Coast road link, offering $2 million towards sealing the road from Noosa to Tin Can Bay.

“The upgraded road will generate more tourism opportunities by making the Sunshine, Cooloola and Fraser coasts more accessible via a sealed coastal road alternative to the Bruce Highway,” said Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester.

Plans for a sealed coastal link have been under discussion since 1985 but the renewed funding commitment could finally get it over the line, with the Noosa and Gympie regional councils expected to play a lead role in undertaking the works.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said connecting many of the region’s coastal tourism attractions would provide a real boost to local communities.

“The new road will allow all road users to travel between Maryborough, Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove, Rainbow Beach, Kin Kin and Noosa without having to travel on the Bruce Highway,” Mr O’Brien said. “Opening up this beautiful region to more tourists and locals will provide more opportunities for regional businesses, agriculture and tourism.”

  • Is this a road you would use on your travels? Comment below.
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Patrick Brodie
5 years ago

Certainly, I know this area well and upgrading the road would give many others the incentive to investigate this historic area of Queensland.

Robyn Davies
5 years ago

OMG! I have heard all this before!! Yes, 30 long years ago when I lived up that way, everyone got so excited! Cannot believe it will ever get off the ground. The region has missed out on so much tourist revenue because of narrow minded bureaucrats. I will wait and see……………….

3 years ago

This would be amazing & a vital & economic link between the two Coasts – I think it would be well utilised & I would definitely be someone who would use it.

Sonia Pennell
1 year ago

What’s happening about this road?

1 month ago

When is this happening as it appears to be at a stop


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