Pacific Highway Upgrade, Banora Point
The 2.5km upgrade to the Pacific Highway between Barneys Point Bridge and the southern end of the Tweed Heads bypass provides a direct and safer connection between New South Wales and Queensland. The upgrade is a gateway experience to New South Wales, and includes the approach to the northern coastal river crossings that characterise the Pacific Highway.
Features of the project include:
- Replacing the existing narrow highway through hilly suburban areas with a six-lane divided carriageway
- Improved and increased local connections for local traffic, cyclists and pedestrians
- The reshaping and enhancement of Wilson Park to become a focal neighbourhood park atop the new landbridge
- A 330 metre viaduct over a revegetated valley with interpretation of cultural heritage through stone terraces and bush tucker species
- A new northern interchange connecting commercial and retail precincts with both highway and local traffic.
The design of the Banora Point upgrade provides an attractive travel experience for highway and local route users alike, with day views of the Pacific Ocean when heading south, views to the exciting skyline of the Gold Coast heading north, and dramatic roadside lighting and finishes through the main cutting and over the viaduct. The design allows an appreciation of the landscape setting through which the road passes and provides a transition from the urban area to rural and estuarine landscapes.
The Banora Point upgrade project was jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments.