Pacific Motorway M1 Burleigh to Palm Beach (Nineteenth Avenue)

The M1 between Burleigh and Palm Beach (Package B) is being upgraded as part of the Varsity Lakes to Tugun (VL2T) upgrade. Package B will include significant environmental features through this section of the upgrade.

Works in this 3km section will include:

  • widening the M1 to a minimum of 3 lanes in both directions
  • upgrading the Tallebudgera Interchange (Exit 89) 
  • constructing 6 new bridges and widening existing motorway bridges
  • constructing the northern section of a new 2-way western service road starting at Tallebudgera (Exit 89) and continuing through to Palm Beach (Exit 92)
  • building a fauna underpass up to 15-metres wide and 55-metres long to connect the Burleigh to Springbrook bioregional wildlife corridor 
  • continue the connection of a dedicated active transport path from Varsity Lakes that transitions to active transport paths on the new western service road
  • using smart motorway technologies to help reduce 'stop-start' travel on the motorway
  • replacing the existing concrete road surface with stone mastic asphalt for a quieter and easier maintained road surface
  • preserving a corridor for a potential future rail extension.


  • Improves safety
  • Better road access
  • Increases capacity
  • Reduces travel time
  • Better active transport
  • Reduces peak hour congestion

Key features

Tallebudgera Interchange (Exit 89) upgrade

Exit 89 at Tallebudgera will be completely reconstructed to remove the northbound carriageway loop ramps. Signalised intersections will ensure safer travel through the interchange for motorists, bike riders and pedestrians, and provide a dedicated bridge across Tallebudgera Creek for the new western service road. New traffic signals will also be installed at the Township Drive and Tsipura Drive intersection.

Two-way western service road

The VL2T upgrade includes a new western service road with one lane in each direction, starting from the Tallebudgera Interchange (Exit 89) in Package B and continuing south to Palm Beach (Exit 92) as part of Package C. A 4-way signalised intersection will connect the new service road to Nineteenth Avenue to provide locals with alternative options when moving around their neighbourhoods.

Active transport connections

The new shared bike and pedestrian path, constructed in Package A, will continue south from Burleigh to Tallebudgera, where it will then transition to on and off-road paths along the new western service road. New active transport options will also be included across the Tallebudgera Interchange and connect through to Township Drive and Tallebudgera Creek Road.

Environmental features

Package B features significant environmental improvements through this sensitive flora, fauna and aquatic area of the VL2T upgrade.

A new fauna crossing will be constructed under the motorway to connect the Burleigh to Springbrook bio-regional wildlife corridor. Some other examples of the wide range of treatments being undertaken include fauna fencing, koala habitat plantings and improved fish passages through Oyster Creek.


Investment ID 852582

Total investment
$1 billion
Australian Government
$680 million
Queensland Government
$320 million

Key milestones

  • March 2020: Community information sessions held to obtain feedback on the design.
  • Mid-2020: Design finalised on Package B Burleigh to Palm Beach.
  • September 2020: Construction contract awarded.
  • Late 2020: Construction started on Package B Burleigh to Palm Beach (Nineteenth Avenue).
  • End 2023: Construction on Package B expected to finish.

Burleigh to Palm Beach drive-through