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Travellers stuck in lengthy queues have resorted to watching movies and playing roadside cricket while they wait for floodwaters to subside on the Bruce Highway.

Hundreds of vehicles lined up on either side of Goorganga Plains south of Proserpine, a notoriously flood-prone area during the wet season.

"That area is very flat, it is low-lying. so when we do get a lot of heavy rain and especially over a build-up of several days, you will get that build-up of water," State Emergency Service area controller Selina Neill said.

"With school holidays and people moving around and wanting to go to different places, that could have quite easily had an impact on the amount of traffic that was on the road."

Halliday Bay resident Tina Nyburg was attempting to return home from Bowen on Saturday morning when she reached the wall of traffic.

After waiting in line for a few hours she was able to get a clearer picture of what to expect.

"A car drove past me and said, 'It's going to be a six-hour wait'," Ms Nyburg said.

"I went down and had a look at the creek and there was a car stuck in there and there was no way anyone was going to get through, so after three-and-a-half hours I did a U-turn and went back and stayed in Bowen again."

Roadside cricket

Ms Nyburg said she saw other travellers find ways to keep themselves occupied during the wait.

"There were people playing cricket on the side of the road," she said.

"They had a bat and a ball, and they just made some wickets out of what they could find.

"It kept us amused, so it wasn't too bad."

Long journey home

Ms Nyburg was able to get through Goorganga Plains the following day but was beset by more delays closer to home at Seaforth Creek.

"It’s only ten minutes down the road, I can probably see my house from there," she said.

"Instead of getting home in two hours it ended up being two days.

"I've been stuck at Seaforth Creek a few times over the years, but I’ve never seen anything like what Proserpine was on the Saturday — that was just huge."

More rain to come

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the rain will be around for a few more days yet, with more falls forecast for the Mackay and Whitsunday region.

"Over the next couple of days we are expecting that coastal trough to continue to move slowly further north before gradually weakening over the northern peninsula later this week," forecaster Kimba Wong said.

"There is a risk of locally heavy falls that may lead to flash flooding, particularly with thunderstorm activity over the next couple of days."