M1 mayhem as long-weekenders flock to the Gold Coast

The long weekend traffic has begun for southeast Queensland, as thousands of beach-starved Brisbanites descend on the Gold Coast.

The M1 from the big smoke all the way to Nerang has been choked since 2.30 pm, with no signs of letting up this evening.

Fortunately, no crashes have been reported just yet, but motorists are being urged to pack their patience for this afternoon’s trip.


The Burleigh bottleneck is slammed due to the roadworks while connecting roads are also under plenty of stress.

Any Gold Coasters heading north have a pretty clear run to Brisbane, but outside that, similar delays are wreaking havoc on the way to the Sunshine Coast.

Police will be out in force, targeting dangerous driver behaviour across the state in the hopes of reducing crashes.

Acting Superintendent Stephen Donnelly is urging Queenslanders to take extra care.

“Already we have had 90 deaths on our roads and 2021 is shaping up to be a terrible year on our roads when it comes to fatalities,” he said.

“The consequences of irresponsible behaviour on the roads can be catastrophic, impacting not only your life, but the lives of your family, friends and the community.

“Don’t underestimate the potential consequences of risk taking behaviour when you’re driving.

“When you are travelling over the long weekend, remember that every decision you make on the road counts.”

More to come.