Waterfall Way


Project overview

Transport for NSW is delivering vital road improvements along Waterfall Way from the Pacific Highway at Raleigh to Armidale. The Waterfall Way between the Pacific Highway and Dorrigo is a beautiful and popular tourist route as well as being a busy route for larger vehicles travelling west to Armidale.

Project information


The Waterfall Way is located in northern NSW and extends 170 kilometres from the Pacific Highway at Raleigh to the New England Highway at Armidale.

The Waterfall Way is an important transport corridor, particularly for the timber and agricultural industries.

Waterfall Way connects rural communities to the urban centres of Coffs Harbour and Armidale and is also a tourist route passing waterfalls on the Dorrigo Mountain and provides access to the Dorrigo National Park.

Waterfall Way draft corridor strategy

Transport for NSW in collaboration with Transport for NSW developed the Waterfall Way Draft Corridor Strategy. This draft sets out the proposed strategic vision to manage and guide development of the Waterfall Way road corridor to improve safety, traffic efficiency and sustainability. There is no commitment to, or funding for, proposed actions identified in this draft.

More information about the Waterfall Way draft corridor strategy is available from the Draft corridor strategies - Northern webpage.

Road safety review

Transport for NSW carried out a safety review of the Waterfall Way (PDF, 3.24Mb) in 2014. The report is a summary of investigations completed as part of a thorough road safety and road user behaviour analysis of Waterfall Way. The recommendations look at short and medium-long term strategies to address the different needs of the community and transport industry.

The review focused on the 40 kilometre stretch of road from Tyringham Street, Dorrigo to the junction of the Pacific Highway and looks at ways of improving road safety along the route. It does not examine bypassing the Bellingen township.


Waterfall Way - Newell Falls

Project documents

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Community updates

Media releases

  • 19 March 2022

    Waterfall Way reopens after massive landslip.

  • 27 August 2021
    Community feedback sought on Waterfall Way.

  • August 2021

    Safety improvements ahead for Dorrigo Mountain.

  • June 2021
    Road safety in focus for Waterfall Way.

  • June 2021
    Another $6.5 million upgrade for Waterfall Way about to start.

  • May 2021
    Safety improvements ahead for Dorrigo Mountain.

  • May 2021
    Work powers on to restore Waterfall Way.

  • April 2021
    Crews work to re-open Waterfall Way.

  • October 2020
    Major Waterfall Way stability work complete east of Dorrigo.

  • December 2019
    Waterfall Way works.

Letters to householder

Community information sessions

Community information material

Action plans

REF documents

Pacific Highway to Connells Creek route options development report

Submissions report

Other reports

Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:


Mail: Transport for NSW, PO Box 576 Grafton NSW 2460