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South Coast region

The South Coast region is one of the fastest growing in the south east corner of Queensland with 19.48% of Queensland’s total population. It covers 6,544km2 from the New South Wales border in the south to Springwood in the north, and as far west as the Cunningham Highway, west of Boonah. The South Coast’s local economy includes marine, education, information communication and technology, food, tourism, creative, environment and sports industries offering long-term growth and prosperity for the region. There are 1,049km of state-controlled roads across the region and 130km of the National Land Transport Network.

Regional facts

South Coast district map 
South Coast district Qld 
Area covered


Population of Queensland


Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles (retrieved 16 May 2019)


State-controlled roads**


National Land Transport Network**


Vehicle and machinery registrations


Boating infrastructures


Community safety events held


Vehicle and machinery inspections




Drivers licence tests conducted


Customer face-to-face interaction


Priority enabled intersection

Data source: *Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2019
Data source: **A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 2019


  • Completed the $34.6 million duplication of Waterford-Tamborine Road, from 2 to 4 lanes, between Anzac Avenue and Hotz Road at Logan Village.
  • Continued the construction of cycling connections in the district, including the delivery of on-road bike lanes on Logan Road in Underwood, as part of the Veloway 1 (V1) Cycleway.
  • Construction of road safety improvements on Beaudesert- Beenleigh Road between Dunns Road and Luscombe Crescent at Wolfdene.
  • Restoration of Beechmont Road, Gold Coast-Springbrook Road, Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, and Lamington National Park Road damaged by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
  • Completed Stage 2 of the Helensvale bus facility upgrade, including new cycle storage facilities, upgrades to the park ‘n’ ride, kiss ‘n’ ride and taxi facilities, and additional accessible parking bays.
  • Undertook planning for the $10.9 million1,2 business case development for the Gold Coast Light Rail (Stage 3A) between Broadbeach South and Burleigh Heads.
  • Undertook a business case development for $4.2 million of safety and capacity upgrades at Exit 38 and 41 interchanges on the Pacific Motorway at Yatala.
  • Undertook a business case development for the $1.6 million1 Mount Lindesay Highway 4-lane upgrade between Stoney Camp Road and Chambers Flat Road interchanges.
  • Completed the gazettal alignment of the kilometre future state-controlled transport corridor between Loganholme and Nerang, known as the Coomera Connector.
  • Implemented a program of works along the Pacific Motorway (M1) including the widening of the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes section to 6 lanes ($197.5 million) and the Pacific Motorway Upgrade: M1/M3 Gateway merge ($190 million).
  • Completed the detailed design of the continued Pacific Motorway (M1) program of works including the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill ($749 million) and Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrades ($1.03 billion).
  • Completion of heritage preservation works at Hardy’s Lookout, Springbrook Mountain, including the replacement of pavement, installation of 2 new seats and a new directional plaque for the top of the memorial cairn.
  • Implemented truck lane restrictions, restricting trucks to the left lanes, on the M1 between Springwood and Robina.
  • Completed safety upgrade to the Mount Lindesay Highway at North Maclean, including a signalised intersection at Greenbank Road and a new service road along the eastern side of the highway.
  • Completed Waterford-Tamborine North Street interaction including installation of traffic signals.

Extra 73 services from Coomera to Ormeau

Due to the region’s growing population, improvements were made to the 722 TransLink Pimpama bus route from Coomera to Ormeau, in February 2019.

Improvements to these services included:

  • 73 additional weekly services operating over a longer span of hours
  • increasing the span of operating hours and frequency of services
  • providing coverage through new estates
  • adding new stops which improve walk-up catchments for nearby residents
  • connecting to key destinations including Coomera Town Centre.

Services now operate between 6:30am–7pm during the week and weekend services operating between 7:30am–6:30pm providing more travel options for local residents, including greater access to Coomera and Ormeau rail stations. Investing in public transport service improvements encourages a more sustainable transport system by providing alternatives to private car use and reducing vehicle emissions. To support the improved services, 10 new bus stops were delivered, all fully accessible in line with Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (2002), ensuring the improved services are accessible to everyone in these areas.

Helensvale bus station upgrade completed

The Helensvale bus station upgrade, completed in 2 stages was fully delivered in August 2018. The new station, which was used as a key interchange for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is Queensland’s first tri-model transport facility, connecting bus, train and tram services in the 1 location.

A comprehensive package of works was completed, including:

  • over 200m of covered walkway, including the centre pathway from Town Centre Drive into the station
  • new bus shelters
  • improved pedestrian safety
  • additional park ‘n’ ride spaces
  • increase to accessible parking spaces
  • improved signage
  • upgraded taxi rank and kiss ‘n’ ride facilities included sheltered areas
  • new bus driver facilities
  • upgraded kiss ‘n’ ride passenger facility and
  • 50 additional bicycle spaces and storage facilities.

This transport hub is making it more convenient for customers to access and connect to multiple services, all of which help reduce congestion on the Gold Coast road network.

Aerial view of train station, tram, bus stop and carpark

Helensvale station: New multi-modal interchange enabling seamless customer transfers between trams, trains and buses at Helensvale (Photo credit: MultiModal drones).

Moreton Bay Operation

During the first weekend of the September school holidays in 2018, Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) officers joined enforcement partners from the Queensland Police Service and Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol to undertake a multi-jurisdictional 3-day operation of southern Moreton Bay and the northern Broadwater on the Gold Coast. During the operation, more than 170 vessels were intercepted with MSQ officers educating the boating public on responsible boat ownership, how to be compliant with sewage legislation, being visible at night and ensuring each vessel was equipped with the correct safety and firefighting equipment.

Funding for the successful operation was made available through each department and set the benchmark for future multi-agency operations in the area. These types of operations, where staff from 3 agencies are in the field on multiple smaller patrol vessels, promote ongoing inter-agency co-operation and a positive use of both physical and human resources.

Water police and Queensland Boating and Fisheries patrol boats on the water

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol vessel ‘Mantis’ and Water Police vessel ‘W Conroy’ during the operation.

Mount Lindesay Highway Safety Improvement Project

TMR is delivering an Australian Government and Queensland Government jointly funded $20 million safety improvement project on the Mount Lindesay Highway at North Maclean.

North Maclean has been identified through crash statistics as one of the highest risk sections of the highway, due primarily to the uncontrolled access points to driveways and side roads. As a result of these findings a number of measures are being constructed along the highway to improve safety for motorists and the local community.

The project currently under construction includes:

  • a new service road along the eastern side of the highway, connecting Chambers Flat Road Interchange and Greenbank Road, enabling motorists to safely access businesses and residences and minimise conflicting traffic movements on the Mount Lindesay Highway
  • a new signalised intersection at Greenbank Road to provide highway traffic access to the new service road, and provide motorists exiting the service road safe access to both southbound and northbound lanes of the highway
  • a new access slip-lane between St Aldwyn Road and Wearing Road to provide southbound highway traffic access to the service road
  • connecting businesses and residents on the eastern side of the Mount Lindesay Highway to the service road, to limit the number of direct entry and exit points along the highway
  • safety improvements, including new guardrails, anti-glare screens, line-marking on the highway to eliminate overtaking and right-turn movements, and a reduction in the highway speed limit to 80km/h.

This stretch of the Mount Lindesay Highway currently carries more than 20,000 vehicles per day. This includes heavy freight transport as Mount Lindesay Highway is a strategic freight route to the Port of Brisbane and Brisbane Airport.

The Mount Lindesay Highway Safety Improvement Project – North Maclean is scheduled for completion early-2020.

Aerial view of road, structure on left

Aerial photo of the Mount Lindesay highway at North Maclean prior to works starting

Safe driving for seniors

As part of the Community Road Safety Grants Scheme, the department provided funding to the Migrant Centre Organisation Inc to help seniors drive safely.

The not-for-profit organisation, that supports migrants on the Gold Coast, engaged with older drivers across culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to deliver safe driving workshops, self-guided assessments, and translated resources to 12 languages to reflect the Gold Coast’s culturally diverse senior population.

For more information: Community Road Safety Grants

Waterford–Tamborine Road intersection upgrade completion

TMR, in partnership with the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s Economic Development Queensland unit, recently delivered the $34.6 million intersection upgrade project on Waterford–Tamborine Road, from Logan Village to Yarrabilba in September 2018.

This major arterial road, connecting Logan to the Gold Coast Hinterland, currently carries 14,000 vehicles per day. The project provides long-term benefits to the community by increasing the road network capacity and improving traffic flow to accommodate predicted growth in traffic volumes.

The project included upgrading the 4 intersections located on Waterford–Tamborine Road between Anzac Avenue and Hotz Road, Logan Village in addition to widening the existing 2.6km stretch of road along this section of Waterford–Tamborine Road from 1 to 2 traffic lanes in each direction. A centre median separates northbound and southbound traffic lanes.

For more information Waterford Tamborine Road North Street intersection

Pacific Motorway (M1) Exit 49 completion

The Pacific Motorway (M1) Exit 49 Pimpama project has improved safety for motorists by providing increased capacity on the northbound off-ramp and through the installation of roundabout metering traffic signals at the Rifle Range Road and Yawalpah Road roundabouts. Roundabout metering technology will control the flow of traffic at the roundabouts, reducing the need for motorists to queue on the M1 shoulder.

This is an interim project to make the interchange safer for motorists. Further planning is also now underway for a major upgrade of this interchange.

Cars entering and leaving roundabout with metering traffic signals

The upgraded Exit 49 on the M1 at Pimpama, including installation of roundabout metering traffic signals.

Gold Coast Light Rail update

The $10.9 million Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A (GCLR3A) reference design uses the existing road transport corridor and is in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads, a distance of 6.7km.

In April 2018, a jointly-funded business case in partnership with the City of Gold Coast for GCLR3A. Building Queensland led development of the detailed business case for GCLR3A in partnership with TMR. The detailed business case was finalised in December 2018. In February 2019, the business case was sent to Infrastructure Australia for assessment and was added to the priority project list.

GCLR3A’s business case comprises of circa 7km of dual light rail track with 8 new stations, extending the existing line from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads along the Gold Coast Highway. The project will also include 5 new light rail vehicles, a light rail - bus interchange at Burleigh Heads and supporting works and improvements. According to the business case, the construction of GCLR3A will take approximately 3 years.

During August 2018, consultation was undertaken with the community to help inform the detailed business case. Feedback on the GCLR3A proposal included:

  • around 750 people attending community drop in sessions and 169 submitting feedback forms
  • over 500 people taking part in market research
  • more than 2000 people visiting the GCLR3A engagement website with 969 completing the online survey.

Community feedback from these activities indicated broad support for GCLR3A of the light rail. It also raised questions about potential construction impacts, changes to parking, increased density, pedestrian crossings on the Gold Coast Highway and future stages of light rail (west and south). This community input was used to inform the GCLR3A’s detailed business case.

Reconstruction of Gold Coast-Springbrook Road

The $25 million Gold Coast-Springbrook Road major reconstruction was completed in March 2019 following substantial rainfall after Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

The reconstruction of 72 sites along the road included repairs to severe landslips along a 10km closed section between Neranwood and Springbrook, which reopened in December 2018.

The reopening of Gold Coast-Springbrook Road has reconnected communities and restored safe and efficient travel routes for locals and tourists.

Reconstruction works are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Case study

Disaster recovery works in South Coast

A major reconstruction program at 384 sites across the South Coast region is complete, following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017. The works included repairs to 243 earthworks and batter locations, 83 structures and 6.2km of damaged road pavement, as well as clearing silt and debris at 44 locations.

Works at 118 sites on Lamington National Park Road have also been completed. This road is a 19km stretch of winding and mountainous road corridor with steep and fragile embankments. Due to the terrain, some works had to be completed at night to minimise traffic disruption and protect the safety of workers.

A total of 23 sites on Beechmont Road were also damaged during Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie and are all repaired. As part of these works more than 700 soil nails were installed with the total drilling length of all soil nails being almost 5km. This project also faced the challenge of transporting plant with excess mass load via a route with a steep climb and tight bends. A very different solution was devised, which involved disassembling a 69 tonne hydraulic rotary rig before it was transported to site, reducing the overall mass of the machine.

Crews performing landslip reconstruction with machinery

Landslip reconstruction works progressing along Gold Coast-Springbrook Road.

Future priorities

  • Progress the $21 million Greenbank bus facility park ‘n’ ride upgrade.
  • Implement the Pacific Motorway (M1) program of works addressing congestion on the M1 corridor.
  • Continue construction of additional southbound lanes on the $195.3 million3 merge between Gateway Motorway and the Pacific Motorway at Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale.
  • Continue the $197.5 million4 widening the Pacific Motorway, from 4 to 6 lanes, between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes.
  • Commence construction of the Pacific Motorway (M1) $749 million Eight Mile Plans to Daisy Hill and $1.03 billion Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrades.
  • Commence the $25 million5 safety and capacity upgrades at Exit 57 interchanges on the Pacific Motorway at Oxenford.
  • Complete the $20 million6 road safety improvements on the Mount Lindesay Highway at North Maclean.
  • Commence the $20 million extension of the 4-lane duplication of Mouth Lindesay Highway, between Camp Cable Road and intersection of Johanna Street and Tamborine Street at Jimboomba.
  • Complete a traffic signalisation upgrade of the North Street intersection with Waterford-Tamborine Road at Logan Village.
  • Continue the $12 million7 safety improvements along various sections of Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road between Birnam and Luscombe.
  • Complete the $4 million installation of on-road cycle lanes along Logan Road between Levington Road and Kingston Road at Underwood, as part of the Veloway 1 Cycleway.


  • 1 Reflects Life to Date expenditure for project.
  • 2 Reflects Queensland Government contribution only to this project.
  • 3 Australian Government contribution capped at $115 million, with the Queensland Government to fund the balance. Queensland Government contribution includes $42 million from the State Infrastructure Fund - Priority Economic Works and Productivity Program.
  • 4 Indicative total project cost to be confirmed. Australian Government contribution capped at $110 million, with the Queensland Government to fund the balance. Queensland Government contribution includes $44 million from the State Infrastructure Fund.
  • 5 Funded through the Queensland Government’s State Infrastructure Fund.
  • 6 This project includes Australian Government funding of $16 million.
  • 7 Funded through the Queensland Government’s High Risk Roads Initiative, as part of the Targeted Road Safety Program.