Motorists are being warned of huge delays as thousands of people try and get into Queensland before Saturday’s hard border closure.
Heavy rain across the south-east is also impacting traffic conditions across the Gold Coast.
There is also a four vehicle accident at Tweed Heads South near the Terranora Creek Bridge adding to the chaos
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As at 3pm, delays at the M1 border checkpoint stretched all the way back to Banora Point.
It is estimated to take up to two hours to get through the checkpoint.
There is also heavy traffic on the Gold Coast Highway with delays back to the motorway, as well as Ducat St and Wharf St.
Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler says delays are likely to get bigger.
“I anticipate that will get worse as the day goes on and certainly as we get into the evening there will be that last rush, particularly of Queensland residents coming home,” Chief Superintendent Wheeler said.
“There’s been a number of Queensland residents return over the last few days, anecdotally we’re seeing thousands of them.
“Some of those people are coming from hotspots, of course that means they have to go into quarantine.”