Major Contract

Coffs Harbour Bypass

Coffs Harbour Bypass

The Coffs Harbour Bypass project includes a 14-kilometre motorway standard upgrade of the Pacific Highway from Englands Road in the south and connects with the recently upgraded Sapphire to Woolgoolga section in the north.

The preferred concept design incorporates land bridges at Gatelys Road and Roberts Hill, and cuttings at Gatelys Road and Shephards Lane.

Key Dates

Mar 2015 Project Announced
2021 Expected Construction Commencement
2024 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Federal Government
NSW Government


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 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.
Apr 2021 Transport for NSW opened a Request for Tender (RFT) process for the provision of transaction management services, closing 6 May.
Mar 2025 The NSW Government announced $200 million for the project.
Estimated Total Cost
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
New South Wales | National |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (near-term, 0-5 years)