Pacific Highway (Australia)

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New South Wales / Victoria / South Australia

The Pacific Highway is a highway in the eastern part of the Australian state of New South Wales. It connects the Bradfield Highway and the Warringah Freeway at North Sydney with the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast Highway at Tweed Heads on the Queensland border. Together with the Pacific Motorway forms the road a 1025 km long link from Sydney and Brisbane along the east coast of Australia, which is part of the Australian National Highway 1.


The Pacific Highway begins in Sydney close to the north end of Sydney Harbour Bridge as a continuation of Bradfield Highway (Met -1), which leads over the bridge. The Pacific Highway runs in a northwesterly direction through the suburbs of Sydney until it turns north at Hornsby. He passed the national park north of the metropolis and in the result, the highway winds through several places to the Central Coast to Newcastle. Along this route runs parallel for several years the Sydney - Newcastle Freeway (M1 ), whereby the Pacific Highway and the inhabitants of the neighboring towns were relieved in this section strongly from through traffic.

At the height of Newcastle the New England Highway (N15 ) branches off into the interior. North of Newcastle, the Pacific Highway winds along the coast. Important places to be happening, Taree, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Ballina and Murwillumbah before they are in Tweed Heads on the Queensland border, ends.

The last 100 km to Brisbane leads the Pacific Motorway (M1 ) the Pacific Highway continues. The old route along the coast is now called Gold Coast Highway (S2 )


  • Without a number of North Sydney to Lane Cove ( Sydney )
  • Of Lane Cove ( Sydney ) to Wahroonga ( Sydney )
  • Of Wahroonga ( Sydney ) to Blue Haven
  • Blue Haven to Hexham
  • Hexham to Tweed Heads


The Pacific Highway is considered one of the more dangerous routes in Australia, and each year there are many accidents with multiple victims. This is due to the history of this road link. Thus, the Pacific Highway was not until 1996 part of the Australian highway system, and thus very little money was spent on the maintenance of the road. To a development of the road to highway standard or even multi-lane roads was impossible until then.

Only since 1997 there has been an agreement between the Government of the State of New South Wales and the Federal government in the capital, Canberra, which ensures funding for the maintenance and development of roads. In Queensland, this was less problematic because sufficient funds were available by the development of the Gold Coast to the new Pacific Motorway can build.

In New South Wales there is progress and about half the distance of the highway was until 2010 also expanded into a four-lane road. For the further expansion there is a program with secured funding until 2016, plans for the partly six-lane expansion of the highway to the year 2025.


Steve Parish: Australian Touring Atlas. Steve Parish Publishing. Archerfield QLD 2007 ISBN. 978-1-74193-232-4. Pp. 22, 23, 25, 27, 29

  • Road in New South Wales