About this project

The project

The Sapphire to Woolgoolga project is a 25 kilometre upgrade of the Pacific Highway to a four lane divided highway from Campbell Close in Sapphire to Arrawarra Beach Road, Arrawarra.

The upgrade will include a continuous alternative local road between Sapphire and Woolgoolga for local traffic.

A contract for the design and construction of the upgrade was awarded to a joint venture between Leighton Contractors and Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd. Construction started in August 2010.

The $850 million upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments.


  • Improved road safety
  • Uninterrupted highway traffic flow
  • Easy access on and off the highway for local traffic.

Key features

  • 25 kilometres of four lane divided roadway from Campbell Close, Sapphire to Arrawarra Beach Road, Arrawarra
  • Continuous alternative local road between Sapphire and Woolgoolga
  • Rest area at the Arrawarra interchange
  • Bypass of the town of Woolgoolga
  • Limited number of vehicle access points with interchanges at:
    • Gaudrons Road/Split Solitary Road, Sapphire
    • Moonee Beach Road/Hoys Road, Moonee Beach
    • Fiddaman Road/Graham Drive South, Emerald
    • Graham Drive North/Hearnes Lake Road, south Woolgoolga
    • Arrawarra Beach Road, Arrawarra.
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