Major Contract

Coffs Harbour Bypass

Under Procurement
Coffs Harbour Bypass

The scope of works covers a total of 14 kilometres, consisting of a 12-kilometre bypass from the Englands Road intersection to Korora Hill and a two-kilometre upgrade of the existing Pacific Highway from Korora Hill to Sapphire Beach. 

The preferred route was announced in 2004, consisting of a four-lane divided motorway from Englands Road to the newly upgraded Sapphire to Woolgoolga section. The route passes through North Boambee Valley via the Roberts Hill ridgeline, across the foothills of the Coffs Harbour basin west and north to Korora Hill.

The project will include three tunnels at Roberts Hill, Shephards Lane and Gatelys Road and three interchanges at Englands Road, Coramba Road and Korora Hill. 

Key Dates

Mar 2015 Project Announcement
Jul 2021 ROIs Close
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2027 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
NSW Government

In the 2021-2022 State Budget, NSW Goverment commited $1.2 billion over the next four years with $100 million allocated in FY2021-22. 


Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Related contracts:
Concept Design
Successful Tenderer - Arup

Environmental Impact Statement
Successful Tenderer - Arup

Geotechnical investigations
Successful Tenderer - RCA Australia


Mar 2015 The NSW Government announced $200 million for the project.
Mar 2016 Arup was awarded the contract to develop the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and finalise the concept design.
May 2018 The Federal Government announced $971 million for the project.
Sep 2018 The NSW Government released the preferred concept design for the Coffs Harbour bypass for public comment. The preferred concept design incorporates land bridges at Gatelys Road and Roberts Hill, and cuttings at Gatelys Road and Shephards Lane. The concept design states the Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) for the project is 1.3 with the projected cost of the project being between $1.17 billion to $1.3 billion.
Jan 2019 The NSW Government announced, following community feedback, that changes would be made to the preferred design, including the use of tunnels that can be accessed by all vehicles. The preferred concept design stated that long tunnels were no longer being considered to ensure all vehicles carrying dangerous good could use the bypass. The Coffs Harbour bypass Community Consultative Committee has been established to drive engagement on the project.
Jun 2020 The NSW Government released the Submissions and Amendments Reports for the Coffs Harbour Bypass following exhibition of the project’s Environmental Impact Statement.
Jul 2020 Transport for NSW issued a Request for Tenders for geotechnical investigations and consulting for the project. Tender applications closed on 27 August 2020. The RFT comes after the National Cabinet announced on 24 July that the Coffs Harbour Bypass is among 15 projects that will be fast tracked in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sep 2020 Transport for NSW announced the commencement of a Market Interaction Process that will involve registration, provision of documentation to eligible participants, an online briefing, technical and interactive sessions, and a submission process, with registrations to be part of the process closing on 25 September.
Sep 2020 The Environmental Impact Statement was released. Submissions on the EIS closed on 27 October 2019. The EIS process has seen the estimated cost of the project rise from $1.2 billion to $1.8 billion due to revisions to the concept design.
Nov 2020 The NSW Government granted environmental approval for the project under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW), subject to conditions.
Dec 2020 The Federal Government has approved the project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Dec 2020 Early works commenced.
Apr 2021 Transport for NSW opened a Request for Tender (RFT) process for the provision of transaction management services, closing 6 May.
Jun 2021 Transport for NSW called for pre-registrations of interest for delivery of the Coffs Harbour Bypass, closing on 16 July.
Jun 2021 The 2021-22 NSW Budget provided continued funding towards the Coffs Harbour Bypass by allocating $1.2 billion over the next four years, including $100 million in FY2021-22.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
New South Wales | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (near-term, 0-5 years)
Project website
Coffs Harbour Bypass
Project pages
Pacific Highway Upgrade