Motorways and tolling
The Sydney Motorways Network
The Sydney Motorway Network comprises of over 160 kilometers of uninterrupted roads. Whilst most of the network is complete, Roads and Maritime Services continues to upgrade and expand the motorway network.
The NSW Government has partnered with several private companies to finance, build, operate and maintain a number of motorways around Sydney. Motorists are required by law to pay a ‘toll’ to drive on a private motorway. A toll is also payable on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel. For more about travelling on toll roads, see Sydney Motorways.
All toll roads in Sydney, indeed, all toll roads in Australia are cashless. This means you’ll need an electronic tag or pass to pay your tolls. If you do not have a tag, you can set up a pass before you leave home or up to three days after you use a toll road.
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel
The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel are used by over 43 million vehicles each year, making them two of the busiest roads in NSW. Time of day tolling was introduced on these harbour crossings in January 2009 to help ease traffic congestion and to encourage motorists to travel outside peak hours where possible.
The NSW Government M5 Cashback scheme allows NSW residents to claim back the value of tolls (excluding GST) paid while using privately registered vehicles on the M5 South Western Motorway.
You can only claim tolls paid with electronic tag accounts registered for the rebate.