UPDATE: OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott labeled the Bruce Hwy as a 1970s road that needs to be dragged into the 21st century, after taking the hour and a half trip from Rockhampton to Gladstone.

"It really does need to be upgraded," Mr Abbott said.

"The traffic here is massive the road surface is often pretty hopeless."

During his whirlwind tour of Queensland, Mr Abbott stopped at the Bruce Hwy at Benaraby on Thursday with leader of The Nationals Warren Truss and Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd to talk about the Coalitions upgrade plans, before heading to Miriam Vale for lunch.

Mr Abbott also spoke about the carbon tax, the economy, the environment and 457 visas.

He said that the problem with the carbon tax, which he believes is just being rehashed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, is that it is "socialism masquerading as environmentalism" and it will badly damage the economy.

Read more in tomorrow's edition of The Observer.

EARLIER: A DAY after the Prime Minister dropped in, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will drive by Gladstone today.

Off the back of his $6.7 billion funding commitment for the Bruce Hwy on Wednesday, Mr Abbott is hitting the road.

He flew into Rockhampton this morning with Nationals leader Warren Truss.

Following a doorstop with media, Mr Abbott will travel south along the Bruce Hwy, and is believed to be planning a stop just outside of Gladstone.

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