Oxley Highway

The Oxley Highway links Port Macquarie and the Pacific Highway to the New England Highway near Bendemeer. The Oxley continues west of Tamworth, through Gunnedah and on to link with the Newell Highway near Coonabarabran.

Updates and announcements

Review of environmental factors - Spencers Cutting improvements

Roads and Maritime Services is developing plans to improve safety on the Oxley Highway at Spencers Cutting, about six kilometres east of Wauchope. The realignment project will involve building an eastbound overtaking lane and realigning the Rawdon Island Road intersection.

A review of environmental factors (REF) for the project will be on display for public comment until Friday 13 October 2017.

To view or download the REF and times for community drop-in sessions, or to learn more about the project, visit the Spencers Cutting improvements webpage.

Oxley Highway community update

A new community update detailing current and upcoming work activities along the Oxley Highway is now available.

The update contains information about the Spencers Cutting improvements, a new roundabout at the Boundary Road intersection in Gunnedah, completed projects and projects in development.

View or download the September 2017 Community update (PDF, 615Kb).


The Oxley Highway stretches 514 kilometres, starting on the mid north coast of NSW at Port Macquarie and extending west to connect with the inland centres of Tamworth, Gunnedah, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra and Warren.

On the eastern part of the Oxley Highway, traffic volumes are significantly higher in the short section between the Pacific Highway and Port Macquarie, with an average of around 15,000 vehicles per day. Between the Pacific Highway and Wauchope volumes drop to around 9,500. West of Wauchope the traffic volumes decline significantly with less than 500 vehicles per day midway between Wauchope and Walcha.

Improving the Oxley Highway

The NSW Government is funding the delivery of vital road improvements along the Oxley Highway. This important work stems from the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review and the Oxley Highway corridor strategy.

The Route Safety Review report was carried out by the NSW Centre for Road Safety and Roads and Maritime, examining the Oxley Highway from the Pacific Highway west of Port Macquarie to the Mitchell Highway at Nevertire.

A number of safety improvements have been completed as part of the NSW Government’s $10 million commitment to implement recommendations in the route safety review. These improvements have focused on intersections and bridge approach barriers.

The corridor strategy was developed by a team from Transport NSW and Roads and Maritime. The strategy sets out the NSW Government’s 20-year plan to manage and guide the development of the road corridor to improve safety, traffic efficiency and sustainability.

Projects have already been delievered and a number are in development as part of the NSW Government’s $50 million response to the corridor strategy to improve the Oxley Highway for locals, tourists and freight operators, with some work already in planning and delivery.

For information on the Route Safety Review or the Draft corridor strategy visit the web pages.

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