Kings Highway

Kings Highway

The Kings Highway is the main east-west road between Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast and the ACT. The Highway is 137 kilometres long and links towns and cities such as Canberra, Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood, Nelligen and Batemans Bay.

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AUG 2020

AUG 2020Full closure of the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain

Transport for NSW will carry out urgent natural disaster recovery work including tree removal and essential maintenance work on the Clyde Mountain including slope stabilisation.

Project information

The Kings Highway is the only direct east-west route connecting the ACT with the NSW South Coast. Alternative routes via Nowra to the north (using the Hume and Princes highways) or, Cooma to the south (using the Monaro and Princes highways) are much longer, adding an additional 300 kilometres to a one-way trip.

The Kings Highway is the only transport corridor serving the Queanbeyan to Batemans Bay corridor.

Since 2011 the NSW government has provided more than $50m for safety improvements along the Kings Highway. Transport continues to work with the NSW Centre for Road Safety, Eurobodalla Shire Council and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council to identify, plan and construct the safety improvements.

Current projects

Transport has reviewed two sections of the highway on either side of Braidwood. They are:

  • 8kms of road east of Monkittee Street, east of Braidwood
  • 8kms of road between Nerriga Road and Deloraine Lane, north of Braidwood.

A range of road safety hazards were identified on these lengths of road, including trees, drains and parts of Mona Creek where it is close to the road. Transport has implemented safety improvements including a speed zone reduction and the installation of guardrail.

For more information visit the Braidwood roadside hazards page

Multiple Natural Disaster declarations in Eurobodalla Shire Council local government area have resulted in critical recovery work required on the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain under full road closure.

The removal of approximately 400 high risk trees from the Clyde Mountain Pass section of the Kings Highway is critical safety work that needs to be carried out.

The trees have become significantly less stable due to the effects of bushfire and storm natural disasters which have occurred over the past 18 months. The identified trees must be removed as they pose a significant safety risk to road users.

It should be noted that there is an extensive program of improvement work on the Kings Highway over the next two years including slope stabilisation. This program of work will also require further closures to the Kings Highway at Clyde Mountain.

For more information visit the Clyde Mountain page.

Projects completed


2021Currowan Safety Improvements

This project was identified due to a history of crashes on a two kilometre stretch of the Kings Highway near Currowan. The project scope included widening of road shoulders, installation of roadside safety barrier and installing a widened centreline with audio-tactile line

Kings Highway near Currowan

2021Buckenbowra Safety Improvements

This project was developed to address a history of crashes on a curve 1.4 kilometres west of Misty Mountain Road. The safety improvements included widening of the road shoulders, installation of a widened centreline, audio-tactile line marking and a vehicle activated curve advisory sign. This $731,000 project was completed in May 2021.

Buckenbowra Safety Improvements

2020Nelligen Safety Improvements, West of Mccardys Creek

This $900,000 project funded under the Safer Roads Program targeted safety improvements along two curves with a history of off road crashes. The project scope included widened shoulders, installation of roadside safety barrier, a widened centreline with audio-tactile line marking and upgraded curve advisory signage. The project was completed in December 2020.


Additional completed projects

Kings Highway Road Safety Review

In 2012 the NSW Centre for Road Safety and Roads and Maritime Services carried out a route safety review of 117 km of the Kings Highway between the Princes Highway roundabout at Batemans Bay and the eastern most part of the ACT border just north of Bungendore. After consultation with the community the Kings Highway safety review was finalised and released in March 2013.

Project documents


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