Australia's Roads To Avoid This Long Weekend

The October long weekend is here and whether you're heading to the beach or the NRL Grand Final, we've got you covered.

A large chunk of the country will be in long weekend mode from today.

In case you didn't know, Monday is a public holiday in NSW, South Australia, the ACT and Queensland meaning many Australians will be planning to get away and adventure.

To help you out, we've put together a list of some of the roads you may want to avoid as they're expected to be swamped with traffic, roadworks or are notorious for crashes.

This long weekend (Queen's Birthday for some, Labour Day for others) falls in the middle of the school holidays, meaning drivers are likely to be hit with even slower trips from Friday - Monday.

NSW, South Australia and ACT police have warned they will be out in full force conducting road safety operations from midnight Friday to midnight Monday.

Police will be out in full force this long weekend. Image: AAP

Double demerits will also be enforced this weekend in NSW and the ACT (Queenslanders are hit with DD's all year round).

"These days are meant for family and friends to spend time together safely, so we are urging all motorists to plan ahead and manage their trips," NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Micheal Corboy said.

“This means not driving while you are tired, remembering to take breaks, not driving too fast for the conditions and refraining from alcohol if you’re getting behind the wheel."

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Aussie hot spots to avoid this weekend:

If you're a Sydneysider planning to head elsewhere, prepare for traffic in all directions. Transport for NSW is warning drivers to expect delays north, south and west of the city.

Delays to expect if you're heading north of Sydney: 

  • The M1 Pacific Motorway in Wyong and Warnervale, Beresfield and Tugun
  • The New England Highway in Tarro
  • The Pacific Highway in Hexham, Raymond Terrace, Coffs Harbour, Ulmarra and Woodburn

Delays to expect if you're heading south of Sydney

  • The M1 Princes Motorway and Princes Highway in Albion Park Rail
  • The Princes Highway in Nowra, Milton, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Falls Creek (near Jervis Bay)
  • The Kings Highway in Batemans Bay and Braidwood
  • The Hume Motorway in Pheasants Nest
Motorists returning to Sydney should expect delays at Pheasants Nest on the Hume Motorway on Monday. Image: RMS NSW

Delays to expect if you're heading west of Sydney

  • The Great Western Highway -- especially around Blackheath, and Bells Line of Road in the Blue Mountains
Travellers returning to Sydney should expect delays at Blackheath on the Great Western Highway. Image: RMS NSW

Transport NSW said extra crews will be patrolling these hotspots, which could reduce speed limits in some areas.

Roads around Sydney Airport are also expected to be busier than usual. Travellers should consider catching a train on the T8 Airport & South Line train instead of driving.

Heading to Sydney Airport? Stick to public transport this long weekend. Image: AAP

Randwick and Moore Park will be packed when the Listen Out Music Festival kicks off at Centennial Park from noon on Saturday as well as the Epsom Race Day at the racecourse.

Roads around Randwick, Moore Park and Centennial Park will be very busy as large crowds travel to and from these events. Parts of Lang Road and Driver Avenue will close from 8pm and sections of Moore Park Road will close from 9pm for crowd safety.

The trek out to Olympic Park will be busy as fans flock to the Hans Zimmer Concert at Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday night.

Many sports fans will be embarking on long-haul drives to the NRL Grand Final at Sydney Olympic Park's ANZ Stadium on Sunday night as the Raiders take on the Roosters.

Heavy traffic is expected on roads approaching the Sydney Olympic Park precinct. Motorists should allow extra time on the M4, Homebush Bay Drive, Concord Road, Silverwater Road, Ryde Road, Lane Cove Road and Epping Road. Fans who have to drive to the game are urged to pre-book their parking and plan to arrive early.

The Manly Jazz Festival at Manly Beach will be held from 10am every day until Monday.  Heavy traffic is expected headed towards Manly as large crowds head to the festival.

Transport NSW wants fans to catch public transport, with extra services running to and from the event (fares are included in ticket price).

Visit NSW LiveTraffic for live updates to plan your trip ahead of time.


ACT Police told 10 daily they expect a lot of Canberrans will be travelling to Sydney for the NRL Grand Final.

Police have urged motorists to "behave themselves" on the trip to cheer on the Canberra Raiders.

Fans cheer as the Canberra Raiders team bus leaves the Canberra Raiders HQ for Sydney. Image: AAP

Motorists are reminded to slow to 40 km/h when passing stationary or slow-moving emergency vehicles -- to comply with new laws introduced in the ACT.


Temperatures are set to soar into the high 30s this weekend so there is only one place most Queenslanders will want to be - the beach.

10 News First meteorologist Josh Holt predicts Brisbane will reach 31 degrees on Saturday and climb to 35 degrees by Monday. He also forecasts inland neighbouring city of Ipswich could hit a scorching 40 degrees.

Brisbanites who are keen to get out of the city should expect a slow trip along the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Sunshine Coast and in the opposite direction to the Gold Coast.

Head to Queensland Traffic for live updates on the roads.

South Australia

Adelaide drivers can expect delays along Port Wakefield Road which is known for its kilometre-long traffic jams -- especially at the end of a long weekend.

The road carries more than 8,800 vehicles per day and this number increases to about 16,000 during peak holiday periods.

A $90 million project is underway to build an overpass at the intersection of the Augusta and Copper Coast highways, along with duplication of the main road through Port Wakefield.

Happy long weekend! Image: AAP 

Adelaide residents will also be hit with a scorcher this weekend with a top of 31 degrees expected on Saturday.

Drivers should also be cautious if they're heading south for the long weekend - with major changes along the Darlington Upgrade now complete.

The Ayliffes Road bridge, which connects to the Southern Expressway, opened last Friday, and many won't have driven over it before.

So allow plenty of extra time to navigate the changes to that stretch of road if you're heading down the coast.

Head to Traffic SA for live updates.