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Stock routes

The Queensland stock route network is mainly used for moving stock, pasture for emergency agistment and long-term grazing.

To use the stock route network, you need permits for:

  • travelling stock on foot
  • grazing (agistment) of stock
  • using water facilities.

Stock routes include 72,000km of roads, reserves, and corridors on pastoral leases and unallocated state land. Together with dedicated reserves for travelling stock, they make up the 2.6 million hectare Queensland stock route network.

This guide explains the permits you need to use the stock route.

Changes are being made to the legislation governing stock routes by the Biosecurity Act 2014, which will come into effect on 1 July 2016. Information is available under Section 1: About the Queensland stock route network.

Do it online


  • Contact the relevant local government for enquiries about stock routes and permits.
  • To purchase a detailed map of the Queensland stock route network and water points, contact one of our business centres.
  • For all other enquiries, contact the Stock Route Management Unit on (07) 3199 7865
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Last updated
23 March 2016

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