Pacific Motorway M1 Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrade

We are delivering the $1 billion Pacific Motorway Varsity Lakes to Tugun (VL2T) project to upgrade 10km of the M1, and constructing in packages to ensure faster delivery and best value for money.

All 3 packages are expected to be complete in late 2023 and include:

  • Varsity Lakes to Burleigh (Package A): construction now underway   
  • Burleigh to Palm Beach (Package B): construction to begin late 2020 
  • Palm Beach to Tugun (Package C): construction to begin early 2021 


  • Improves safety
  • Reduces travel time
  • Contributes to economy
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Better road access

Key features

Widening 10km of the M1 from 2 to a minimum of 3 lanes in both directions between Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) and Tugun (Exit 95), with some areas widened to 5 lanes including improvements to the road alignment. 

  • Extending all entry and exit ramps at interchanges, and significant improvements made to:  
    • Burleigh Heads (Exit 87) 
    • Tallebudgera (Exit 89) 
    • Palm Beach (Exit 92) 
  • Widening the Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek bridges 
  • Constructing a new 2-way western service road between Tallebudgera (Exit 89) and Palm Beach (Exit 92) and a new bridge over Tallebudgera Creek connecting the new western service road 
  • Installing smart motorway technologies to improve travel time between Nerang and Tugun 
  • Preserving the corridor for a possible future rail extension south of Varsity Lakes 
  • Installing bike and pedestrian paths to improve active transport connectivity.


Jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Total investment
$1 billion
Australian Government
$500 million
Queensland Government
$500 million

Current status

Construction on Package A is now underway, and the procurement process for a construction contractor on Package B is progressing. Some design elements on Package C are still being finalised. 

Thank you to everyone who attended community information sessions held in November 2019 and March 2020. Your feedback has been valuable.


The Australian and Queensland governments are committed to managing the design and construction phases of the VL2T upgrade in a way that supports environmental, social and ecological outcomes through sustainable infrastructure development.

Sustainable outcomes that the project will focus on include:

• building a resilient transport system

• reducing energy and resource use

• reducing waste

• improving natural environment outcomes within the project wherever possible

• considering the motorway’s neighbours.

As part of TMR’s commitment to sustainable infrastructure development, the VL2T upgrade is working with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) to report on the level of sustainable practice embedded within the project works and is striving for an overall rating of ‘excellent’.

For more information on ISCA visit

Find more details on specific topics:

  • Environmental and ecological protection factsheet
  • Road surfaces factsheet
  • Road traffic noise factsheet
  • Smart motorway technologies factsheet
  • Sustainability factsheet

Drive-through each package of the VL2T upgrade:

Package A (Varsity Lakes to Burleigh)

Package B (Burleigh to Palm Beach)

Package C (Palm Beach to Tugun)