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

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
  • 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.

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.

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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