Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Coffs Harbour Bypass

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2020 - Late 2027
Estimated Project Cost:$2,200,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$1,760,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Coffs Harbour City Council
Corridor:Sydney - Brisbane

Project Description

The project includes upgrading around 14 kilometres of the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour, starting from south of Englands Road roundabout and finishing at the southern end of the Sapphire to Woolgoolga project.

The project will deliver four lanes of divided highway to a motorway standard and will bypass the Coffs Harbour Central Business District. When completed the bypass will form part of the Pacific Highway and the national land transport network.


The main benefits of the project include:

  • travel time savings for through and local traffic
  • improved safety for traffic, pedestrians and cyclists using the existing highway through Coffs Harbour
  • improved freight efficiency
  • improved accessibility to the Coffs Harbour CBD
  • a more reliable route, with flood proofing to 1:100 years


The Australian Government has committed to fund 80% of the $2.2 billion Coffs Harbour Bypass project, up to $1.76 billion. The NSW Government is funding the remainder of the project.


Minor works on the project commenced in December 2020. This includes at-property noise treatments, utility relocation, fencing and demolition and relocation of a Rural Fire Services building.

Major construction is expected to commence in early 2023 and be fully completed in late 2027. The bypass is, however, expected to be open to traffic from late 2026.

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Project details last updated: 19/05/2022