Pacific Highway and the Hunter - October long weekend (4 – 7 October) traffic delays

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Improve your journey during peak holiday periods

If you are planning to travel on the Pacific Highway this October long weekend, we’re encouraging you to plan ahead and avoid getting stuck in a queue.

To help you on your journey, we have collected information from previous years to explain when and where delays are likely to occur. Please consider travelling outside these times to get the most out of your holiday.

The Pacific Highway upgrade is now 82% complete and there is now continuous four lane divided highway between Hexham and just below Grafton and then from Ballina to the Queensland border, providing smoother safer travel.

The last remaining section of Pacific Highway to be upgraded is between Glenugie (near Grafton) and Ballina. This section is on track to be progressively opened to traffic in 2019 and 2020.

During peak periods, there are some key traffic hotspots that can be avoided so you can spend less time on the road and more of your holiday enjoying yourself.

Tugun bypass (Tweed Heads)

We expect there will be delays travelling north on Friday and Monday of between 10 and 20 minutes. Use the information below to plan your journey and avoid delays.

Tugun Bypass

For all real-time traffic information go to Live Traffic.

Woodburn

We expect there will be delays travelling north on Friday and Monday of between 10 and 30 minutes. Use the information below to plan your journey and avoid delays.

If you can’t avoid these travel times we encourage you to consider an alternate route. The Bruxner Highway and Summerland Way route has less traffic volumes and should provide a smoother journey and more consistent travel time.

Woodburn Northbound

For all real-time traffic information go to Live Traffic.

Ulmarra

We expect there will be delays travelling north on Friday and Monday of between 10 and 30 minutes. Use the information below to plan your journey and avoid delays.

If you can’t avoid these travel times we encourage you to consider an alternate route. The Bruxner Highway and Summerland Way route has less traffic volumes and should provide a smoother journey and more consistent travel time.

Ulmarra northbound

For all real-time traffic information go to Live Traffic.

Coffs Harbour

We expect there will be delays of up to 15 minutes for motorists travelling through Coffs Harbour at certain times.

Coffs Harbour northbound

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Coff Harbour southbound

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Hexham

We expect there will be delays of up to 30 minutes at certain times for motorists traveling through Hexham.

This area experiences heavier than usual traffic on Friday and Monday of the long weekend and congestion should be expected, particularly between Beresfield and the Hexham Bridge.

Hexham northbpound

For all real-time traffic information go to Live Traffic.

For all real-time traffic information go to Live Traffic.

Nelson Bay Road, Salt Ash

We expect there will be delays of up to 15 minutes along Nelson Bay Road at Salt Ash on Monday 22 April.

Nelson Bay Road, Salt Ash southbound

For all real-time traffic information go to Live Traffic.

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