Official Media Release

Holiday Traffic Hotspots To Look Out For This Summer #enjoythejourney

This holiday season Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter is providing motorists with the information they need to better help manage their travel plans and get to their destination safely.

Mr. Johnsen says as Christmas approaches, we will be experiencing the busiest time of the year on our roads with hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers heading to their favourite destinations across NSW.

“Whether you’re going to and from Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Newcastle, we are encouraging motorists to start planning their journey ahead of time to avoid the peak bumper to bumper traffic,” Mr. Johnsen says.

“Based on the traffic flow information from the last two years, Friday 21 and Thursday 27 December are expected to be the busiest days to travel on our highways and along the coastline.”

Mr. Johnsen says we have a series of charts that will highlight holiday traffic hotspots in Hexham, showing days and times to avoid if possible.

Based on data from previous years, the peak times to travel in the Hunter where motorists can expect travel times to increase by up to 60 minutes are:

  • Between 10am and 3pm from 21 to 23 December
  • Between 10am and 3pm from 27 to 30 December

Mr Johnsen says although these are expected to be the peak days to travel, it’s important to remember delays will occur at the start of school holidays from 20 December through to the New Year.

“Planning your journey can make a huge difference to the experience, help you stay alert and provide a better holiday experience for everyone travelling,” Mr. Johnsen says.

Find out how by visiting the holiday journeys webpage:

“While planning your journey, remember to include breaks along the way in our many public rest areas, or get off the highways to explore one of NSW’s scenic towns,” Mr. Johnsen says.

To find your nearest rest area, the NSW Liberal/National Government has an interactive rest area map to search on: