Plan your journey on the Pacific Highway these holidays

The Pacific Highway is the major freight and travel connection between Sydney and Brisbane. Since 1996, it has been undergoing a transformation into a four lane divided highway. This upgrade is nearing completion with an unprecedented amount of work being undertaken between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

This Easter holiday period will see a large number of visitors travelling between NSW and Queensland.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the annual Bluesfest music festival and the extended school holiday period will see a significant number of travellers visiting and travelling through Northern NSW.

View some tips and resources to help you plan your journey on the Pacific Highway these holidays.

Pacific Highway upgrade interactive map

Check out the progress of the Pacific Highway upgrade on the Pacific Highway upgrade interactive map.

Click on the sections of the highway to find out more information about the project.

Pacific Highway pinch points

View or download the Pacific Highway rest area driver reviver map.

There are a number of known pinch points on the Pacific Highway which have experienced traffic delays in previous holidays.

These points are:

  • Hexham
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Warrell Creek
  • Ulmarra
  • Woodburn
  • Ewingsdale.

NSW real time traffic information

View livetraffic.com to access real time traffic information for all of New South Wales.

Queensland real time traffic information

See Queensland Traffic for real time traffic information for all of Queensland.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is running from 4 - 15 April. A Journey Planner is available to help spectators plan their trip to events and additional spectator travel information is available here.

Free public transport is available to ticket holders on the day of the event/s they are attending. All you have to do is show your Games entry ticket to take advantage of the free travel.

Get Set for the Games will help those not attending the Games plan their travel in and around the Gold Coast. You can also stay up to date via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

Variable message boards

Permanent variable message boards are located on the Pacific Highway and provide real time travel advice. For north bound motorists the permanent message boards are located on the Pacific Highway at Arrawarra and Glenugie. For south bound motorists a message board is located at Clarenza.

Driver Reviver sites

View or download the driver reviver map.

There are a number of opportunities to stop and revive on the Pacific Highway this holiday period. Take advantage of the free coffee and biscuits at the Driver Reviver sites. Each site is manned by some amazing volunteers who give their time to help keep motorists safe on the roads.

Alternative routes

Familiarise yourself with alternative routes you can use if there is heavy traffic on the Pacific Highway.

  • For example: if you are heading north and there are long delays at Woodburn, you could consider travelling the Summerland Way from Grafton to Casino and then the Bruxner Highway from Casino to Ballina.
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