Nelson Bay Road north of Fern Bay roundabout.

Nelson Bay Road

The NSW Government is investing $275 million to improve safety and travel times on Nelson Bay Road including duplicating the road from Williamtown to Bobs Farm and early work to upgrade the Nelson Bay Road and Lemon Tree Passage Road intersection and the Nelson Bay Road and Medowie Road intersection.

Project information

The Hunter region’s road network is vital for connecting people, freight and goods within the region and across NSW.

As our region and NSW continue to grow, so does the number of motorists using our roads. That’s why we’re delivering major road upgrades and improvements to make it easier, faster, and safer for people to get around.

This includes $275 million in improvements on the Nelson Bay Road corridor including duplicating the road between Williamtown and Bobs Farm and upgrading the Nelson Bay Road and Lemon Tree Passage Road intersection and the Nelson Bay Road and Medowie Road intersection.

Nelson Bay Road is a major connection between Newcastle and the Newcastle Airport, Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) base and Nelson Bay used by around 25,000 motorists each day and increases during holiday periods.

The 43 kilometre corridor stretches from Stockton Bridge to the Church Street intersection in Nelson Bay.

We are delivering upgrades and planning for future improvements to:

  • provide better connectivity for residents, businesses and the community to Newcastle Airport and Williamtown RAAF base
  • improve traffic flow, journey times and safety for motorists on Nelson Bay Road
  • improve pedestrian and bicycle safety by providing enhanced facilities
  • promote freight efficiency by ensuring future freight demands are met and encouraging the use of higher productivity vehicles
  • support tourism and rural industries as a major economic driver in the Port Stephens area.

We have already duplicated a number of sections of Nelson Bay Road including Bobs Farm to Anna Bay, Richardson Road to Lemon Tree Passage Road and Stockton Bridge to Fern Bay.

The upgrade at the intersection of Nelson Bay Road and Medowie Road has also been completed.

The Nelson Bay Road and Lemon Tree Passage Road intersection upgrade is under way with work scheduled to be completed in late May, weather permitting. We are also planning the duplication of Nelson Bay Road from Williamtown to Bobs Farm as a priority for the corridor.

The map on this page helps to explain the work on Nelson Bay Road.

The NSW Government has also provided $188 million to plan Fingal Bay link road. Planning is under way and we will keep the community informed as the project progresses.

We will continue to keep stakeholders and the community informed about Nelson Bay Road as project planning and delivery continues.

Nelson Bay Road duplication

Contact us

Phone: (02) 4908 7582


Mail: Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle 2300.

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