Coomera Connector Stage 1 Central

Coomera Connector (Stage 1) is around 16km long and will be delivered in 3 construction packages. Stage 1 Central, which is currently in the design phase, is the 8km section from Helensvale Road to Smith Street Motorway.

The Coomera Connector (sometimes referred to as the Second M1), is a future state-controlled north-south transport corridor between Loganholme and Nerang, east of the Pacific Motorway (M1) and the heavy train line.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Reduces interchange queuing
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy

Key features

This 8km section of the project will have:

  • 6 lanes
  • grade-separated interchanges at Helensvale Road, Gold Coast Highway and Smith Street Motorway
  • more than 8km of shared bike and pedestrian path connecting with local communities and the Helensvale and Parkwood light rail stations
  • wildlife corridors for Careel Reserve and Coombabah Creek
  • open graded asphalt road surface for increased safety and reduced noise.


The Australian Government and the Queensland Government have committed a total of $2.16 billion (on a 50:50 basis) to plan and construct Coomera Connector (Stage 1) between Coomera and Nerang. Investment ID 1776678

Total investment
$2.16 billion
Australian Government
$1.089 billion
Queensland Government
$1.08 billion

Current status

Site investigations and detailed design are underway for Stage 1 Central.

Key milestones

  • January 2023: Early works contract awarded
  • April 2023: Start of design and site investigations
  • Late 2023: Site preparation works commence
  • Early 2024: Design released to the community
  • Early 2024: Main road construction to commence

Project map

 Coomera Connector Stage 1 Central project map