Oxley Highway

Oxley Highway

The Oxley Highway stretches 514 kilometres, starting on the mid north coast of NSW at Port Macquarie and extending west to connect with the inland centres of Tamworth, Gunnedah, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra and Warren.

It links the Pacific Highway to the New England Highway near Bendemeer, and the Newell Highway near Coonabarabran.

Latest news

SEP 2021

SEP 2021Oxley Highway consultation summary report

The consultation summary report (PDF, 2.1Mb) has been released for the proposed intersection upgrades on the Oxley Highway between Billabong Drive and Hastings River Drive.

JUL 2021

JUL 2021Oxley Highway update

Following the extreme weather event in March 2021, there have been significant impacts to the Oxley Highway between Walcha and Wauchope Transport for NSW is undertaking extensive investigation and rehabilitation work to return the road to full capacity.

More than one metre of rain fell in the Mount Seaview area on the Oxley Highway, closing the road between Yarras and Gingers Creek from Friday 19 March. The heavy rain caused significant damage to the highway, with around 70 landslips occurring, 10 of which are major. About 33 kilometres of the Oxley Highway was impacted, with a 22 kilometre section completely closed to traffic.

Full access was restored in May between Yarras and Mount Seaview, with one small section still single lane.

The final section has reopened between Mount Seaview Road and Gingers Creek Roadhouse, with five sections of the highway operating as single lane, alternating flow.

The Oxley Highway is now open to traffic as work continues to restore the road to pre-flood conditions.

Users can register to receive SMS updates for upcoming road closures along this section of the Oxley Highway by calling 1800 653 092 or emailing Region.North@transport.nsw.gov.au with contact details and a request to be added to the Oxley Highway road closure contact list. Please note, these alerts will only advise about closures between Mt Seaview Road and Gingers Creek Roadhouse.

We encourage motorists to check the latest traffic information by calling 132 701, visiting livetraffic.com or by downloading the Live Traffic NSW app. Motorists should plan their journey and allow up to 10 minutes additional travel time.

Project information

The NSW Government is funding the delivery of vital road improvements along the Oxley Highway. This important work stems from the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review and the Oxley Highway corridor strategy.

The Route Safety Review report was carried out by the NSW Centre for Road Safety and Roads and Maritime, examining the Oxley Highway from the Pacific Highway west of Port Macquarie to the Mitchell Highway at Nevertire.

A number of safety improvements have been completed as part of the NSW Government’s $10 million commitment to implement recommendations in the route safety review. These improvements have focused on intersections and bridge approach barriers.

The corridor strategy was developed by a team from Transport NSW and Roads and Maritime. The strategy sets out the NSW Government's 20-year plan to manage and guide the development of the road corridor to improve safety, traffic efficiency and sustainability.

Projects have already been delivered and a number are in development as part of the NSW Government's $50 million response to the corridor strategy to improve the Oxley Highway for locals, tourists and freight operators, with some work already in planning and delivery.

For information on the Route Safety Review or the Draft corridor strategy visit the web pages.

Project documents

Project notifications

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August 2021 project notification

Road closure on the Oxley Highway at Mt Seaview on Tuesday 7 September 2021 from 8am to 3pm, weather permitting.

May 2020 project notification

Road work on the Oxley Highwayat Mount Seaview from Monday 25 May 2020


Media releases

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19 October 2021

Work begins on improved Oxley Highway near Gilgandra

27 September 2021

Locals heard on Oxley Highway at Port Macquarie

19 May 2021

Locals heard on King Creek road safety work

6 May 2021

More of the Oxley Highway re-opens to traffic

22 April 2021

Works progress to re-open Oxley Highway

12 April 2021

Have Your Say on Oxley Highway Intersection plans

9 April 2021

Work underway to rebuild Oxley Highway

5 March 2021

Good things for Goolhi and the Oxley Highway, West of Mullaley

8 May 2020

Work improve rider safety on Oxley Highway

12 February 2019

New intersection for Oxley Highway at Rawdon Island


Community updates

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July 2021 project update

Oxley Highway reopens

June 2021 project update

Oxley Highway flood recovery work

September 2017 community update

Oxley Highway

November 2016 community update

Oxley Highway


Oxley Highway speed zone review

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Frequently asked questions

Oxley Highway speed zone review

Crash data map

Oxley Highway speed zone review

Traffic and speed survey data map

Oxley Highway speed zone review.



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