Kawana Motorway (Mooloolah River Interchange to Kawana Way Link Road)

Options are being investigated for a new motorway link (Kawana Motorway) between Parrearra and Meridan Plains. This new motorway will help cater for the growing population.

This planning study will investigate options for a new motorway link parallel with Kawana Way. The business case forms part of the Southern Sunshine Coast Roads Improvement Study.

The Kawana Motorway will provide a direct connection between Parrearra (the planned Mooloolah River Interchange at Kawana Way) and Meridan Plains (Kawana Way Link Road). This will reduce congestion and improve travel times and safety on other major roads such as Kawana Way and Nicklin Way.

Planning of these upgrades will address rapid urban growth in new emerging communities south and west of Caloundra including Caloundra South and Palmview.

This project will form part of a new north-south motorway (Sunshine Motorway, through the new Mooloolah River Interchange, onto Kawana Motorway, Kawana Way Link Road and Bells Creek Arterial Road to the Bruce Highway).

The business case will include an options analysis and staging, early design development and some investigation work such as geotechnical field studies.

Design and construction of the project will be subject to future funding availability in consideration of competing statewide priorities.


  • Improves safety
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Increases traffic flow
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Accessibility
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Better active transport

Key features

  • A new major road to form part of a planned motorway connecting the Sunshine Motorway to Caloundra South and the Bruce Highway.
  • Interchanges at intersections to accommodate long-term traffic volumes.
  • Improved access to the Birtinya Town Centre and Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Health Precinct.
  • Active transport infrastructure (pathways and cycle facilities) to improve safety and encourage these transport modes.


The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments as part of the Southern Sunshine Coast Roads Improvement Study.

Total investment
$3.25 million
Australian Government
$2.6 million
Queensland Government

Current status

We have started work to prepare a business case.

Initial community consultation for the project was undertaken in November 2021.

Further community consultation closed on 20 August 2023. The community will be invited to view further details and have their say in future phases of the project.

Kawana Motorway (Mooloolah River Interchange to Kawana Way Link Road) project map

Kawana Motorway project map - July 2023