LIVE TRAFFIC: M1 is returning to speed, but gridlock expected in Surfers and Main Beach

UPDATE 8.30AM: DRIVERS are reminded to avoid Surfers Paradise and Main Beach over the next three days, with traffic gridlock expected due to the Gold Coast 600.

The event is now underway, with the Gold Coast Highway and other local roads closed for the street races.

Traffic is crawling through the precinct this morning and also leading to congestion on the other majors as motorists are diverted.


It’s very heavy between Broadbeach and Southport, on Bermuda Street, Bundall Road, Ferry Road and High Street.

While the M1 is also experiencing delays northbound from Tugun to Burleigh.

There are slow conditions southbound past Helensvale and Gaven.

While the trip to Brisbane is now moving well after a cherry picker was cleared from the motorway at Beenleigh after coming off the back of a ute.

UPDATE 8AM: CREWS have cleared a Cherry Picker from the middle lanes of the M1 at Beenleigh.

It fell off a ute earlier this morning, causing two lanes to be blocked and leading to major delays.

Traffic is now banked back to the Eggersdorf Road exit in Ormeau.

Congestion is also building on the M1 northbound past Currumbin and Palm Beach.

Same story southbound through Helensvale.

Also heavy conditions now in Surfers Paradise and Main Beach due to the Gold Coast 600.

EARLIER: GET ready for another slow run into Brisbane this morning.

A ute has spun out of control on the M1 northbound at Beenleigh, causing a Cherry Picker to fall off the tray.

It’s brought traffic to a standstill with delays back to Yatala at this stage.

You may want to put off your trip if you can.

There are also slow conditions on the Logan Motorway heading west from the M1 exit to the first toll.

Plus, the usual congestion on the Motorway northbound past Palm Beach.

Local roads are mostly up to speed, but the roads in Surfers Paradise and Main Beach are expected to become clogged shortly due to the Gold Coast 600.

Part of the Gold Coast Highway and other roads will be closed from today as practice begins.