We want you to spend more time having fun and less time in a queue this October long weekend . Plan your journey before you leave home to avoid delays.
Holidays are for fun, family and friends – not spending time waiting for traffic to clear.
If you’re hitting the road for a holiday, we can help you get ahead of the queue and plan your journey to avoid delays.
We analyse data from previous years to predict journey delays at traffic hotspots.
Northern journey - Pacific Highway
Over the October long weekend the key hotspots on the Pacific Highway are expected to be, Hexham, Coffs Harbour, Ulmarra, Woodburn and Tweed Heads.
Southern journey - Princes Highway
Over the October long weekend the key hotspots on the Princes Highway are expected to be, Albion Park, Nowra, Milton, Ulladulla and Batemans Bay
For travellers returning to Sydney on Monday 7 October, expect to see delays up to 40 mins at the Pheasant Nest highway service centre on the Hume Motorway between 12pm and 9pm and Blackheath on the Great Western Highway between 12pm and 6pm. We recommend motorists to find an alternate route to avoid the area if possible.
Make a habit of checking this page as part of your pre-holiday planning. We want to improve your journey experience by providing information about:
- best days and times to travel
- alternative route options
- opportunities for stopping
- Driver Reviver locations.
When travelling popular routes you can also use our delay times to identify traffic peaks and troughs.
See below for travel tips that will help you stay safe on our roads all year round.
Heading on a road trip to visit friends and family? Get a good night’s sleep, plan regular breaks and share the driving where possible.
Did you know being awake for 17 hours is similar to driving with a 0.05 blood alcohol content (BAC)? Avoid driving tired and help NSW drive Towards Zero.
Test your tired self at testyourtiredself.com.au.
Take regular breaks on your journey
The online rest areas and Driver Reviver map provides information on both heavy and light vehicle rest area locations for major roads across NSW. It also provides locations and opening times for NSW Driver Reviver sites during holiday periods.
Driving tired is the second biggest killer on NSW roads after speeding, so it's important to plan to take regular breaks. If you're feeling tired, the best idea is always to pull over at a rest area and take a break.
Use the interactive map to find the nearest rest area or Driver Reviver location during holiday periods, or to find a rest area with specific amenities on your route.
Look at alternative routes
If you are keen to take an alternative route to your holiday destination which avoids the know pinch points, Destination NSW offers great advice to plan your trip visit the VisitNSW website.