Fingal Bay Link Road - Nelson Bay Road


Project overview

The NSW Government has announced $188 million in funding to plan the Fingal Bay Link Road.

Latest news

Dec 2020 - Comments now closed

Comments closed on the three possible route options for the Fingal Bay Link Road on Friday 11 December 2020.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to consider our proposal and provide feedback. We will consider the feedback received and report back on the outcomes in 2021.

Project information


Transport for NSW has carried out preliminary investigations to plan for the Fingal Bay Link Road.

Access to Fingal Bay is currently through Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay, creating congestion within Nelson Bay during peak holiday periods.

With forecast population growth and increased tourist activity, the planned link road would ease congestion, improve traffic flow and improve safety for all road users.

As part of the early investigation phase, three route options have been developed that would improve access to Fingal Bay.

Summary and features of proposed options

Proposed Option 1 –  Fingal Bay Link Road

  • Starts at Nelson Bay Road
  • Passes east through the Tomaree National Park
  • Joins Government Road/Sylvia Street in Shoal Bay

A road corridor has been acquired by Port Stephens Council through the National Park and has been preserved in Port Stephens Council's Local Environment Plan.

Proposed Option 2 –  Austral Street Extension

  • Starts at Church Street roundabout in Nelson Bay
  • Joins Government Road/Sylvia Street in Shoal Bay
  • Includes local road network improvements, widening of Austral Street and a new road link between Austral Street and Government Road/Sylvia Street in Shoal Bay
  • Passes south-east through the Tomaree National Park and would require some acquisition of national park land.

Proposed Option 3 – Local Road Network Improvements

  • Consists of local road network improvements to the main peninsula road network corridors between Nelson Bay Road in the west and Government Road/Sylvia Street in the east
  • Involves Transport working with Port Stephens Council to identify possible intersection upgrades, road improvements, town centre beautification projects and amenity improvements.

Next steps

Transport for NSW is currently reviewing the outcomes of recent investigations into possible route options for Fingal Bay Link Road. Detailed feedback from stakeholders and the community is also being considered. Transport will keep the community informed as investigations continue.

Fingal Bay Link Road - Proposed options

Fingal Bay Link Road - Proposed options

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