Holiday traffic causes chaos on Gold Coast’s M1

If you were hoping to get away early this afternoon to beat the dreaded long weekend traffic, bad luck… chaos is already being experienced on the Pacific Motorway and other local roads.

The delays begin southbound at Eight Mile Plains, with motorists stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic all the way through to Oxenford.

It’s free flowing again until you reach Worongary, where traffic is at a standstill all the way through to Palm Beach.


Northbound delays are also being experienced from Tugun to Mudgeeraba.

Other major local roads are also feeling the impact of holiday-goers, with the Gold Coast Highway heavy through Miami and Palm Beach.

Translink has warned a number of buses have been delayed up to 25 minutes in both directions as a result of the congestion on the Gold Coast Highway.

Traffic is only expected to get worse this afternoon as people clock off from work, with motorists being urged to pack their patience.

According to travel time data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, traffic is expected to be heaviest on the major roads north and south from Brisbane from 1pm on Friday.

“Traffic on the Bruce Highway north to the Sunshine Coast and Pacific Motorway south to the Gold Coast builds early on Friday but can also be heavy on Saturday between 9am and 2pm too,” RACQ Queensland’s Ms Ritchie warned.

Drivers are being urged to plan ahead, allow for extra travel time and to remain calm.