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National Key Freight Routes Map

The initial key freight route maps adopted by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in November 2014 are described below. They comprised 40 individual maps in PDF format.

The maps were integrated and replaced in October 2015 by a single online interactive tool, hosted by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. The new online tool is the most up-to-date version of the map, and has been rebranded as the National key freight routes map.

Information relating to the first iteration of the key freight routes, below, will remain on this site as an historical record.

Continuing growth in freight volumes has given rise to a range of increasingly complex challenges for the Australian community. In recognition of this all levels of government and industry have agreed on the need to apply a national focus and effort to deliver a streamlined, integrated and multimodal transport and logistics system, capable of efficiently moving freight throughout Australia.

A central element of the way forward is to identify Australia's nationally significant places for freight and map the road and rail links that connect them.

Developing the maps

A set of guiding principles (see FAQ) were agreed by jurisdictions as the common basis for developing appropriate criteria to identify key freight routes within their respective jurisdictions. Comment on the development of the maps was also sought from industry, peak stakeholder organisations, and research bodies.

Each map complies with these guiding principles. There are some variations in the detail of each map reflecting differences in circumstances or priorities across jurisdictions. The maps are intended to reflect, not replace, existing state-based strategic freight plans. Where states and territories are currently finalising their strategic plans, the map of key freight routes will be modified or updated accordingly as these plans are released.

The maps are provided at an Australia-wide and state and territory-wide level, with separate maps indicating road and rail key freight routes. Urban and regional-level maps are also provided, where relevant and available.

It is intended that the maps will be enhanced over time in response to influences such as changes in actual freight movements and factors that affect those movements, including complementary regulatory, planning and investment reforms, and infrastructure planning and development, and through the use of improved data and mapping techniques.

The geographic locations of transport infrastructure depicted in these maps, such as seaports, intermodal terminals, and road and rail routes, should be regarded as indicative. In some cases, a precise location or alignment may not have yet been determined, and reference should be made to the relevant state or territory agencies for further detail.

Using the maps

In its Communique (7 November 2014) announcing the release of the national key freight routes map, the Council has already approved the use of the map as a way to identify and visually depict key freight routes where access to B-double vehicles is not currently provided. In this way, gaps can then be considered by relevant states, territories and local governments on a case by case basis.

It is intended that you will also use these maps as a strategic visual tool to engage with, and develop a greater awareness of, Australia's diverse freight flows.

By interacting with these maps you will assist governments in developing a greater understanding of our national land freight system, through which strategic planning, operational and investment decisions relating to the Australian freight network can be better informed.


Please note: these maps have been superseded by the single online national key freight route map.

National Maps

State and Territory Maps

Urban Maps

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 30 November, 2015