‘CATASTROPHIC CONDITIONS’ | A GUIDE TO SAFE TRAVEL

LATEST ON ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO BUSHFIRES – check www.livetraffic.com for the latest information.

Tuesday 10am

• The Oxley Highway remains closed between Walcha and Long Flat
Putty Road is closed between Colo and Milbrodale
• Thunderbolts Way is closed between Nowendoc and Barrington Village.
• Nowendoc Road is closed
• Old Glen Innes Road is closed between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and Henry River
• Comboyne Road/Wingham Road is closed between Collings Rd and Leggetts Rd
• Koppin Yarratt Road is closed
• Armidale Road is closed between Kangaroo Creek Rd and Deadmans Range Rd
• Telegraph Point – Red Hill Road is closed from Rollands Plains Road and Cooperabung Range Road
• Kempsey Road/Armidale Road is closed between Raspberry Rd and Nulla Nulla Creek Rd
• Guyra Road is closed between Rockvale Rd and Waterfall Way
• Clarence Way is closed between Carnham Rd and Lionsville Rd
• Bungawalbin Whiporie Road is closed between Summerland Way and Moone New Italy Rd
• Summerland Way and Mount Lindesay Hwy are closed.

Sunday 10am

• The Oxley Highway remains closed between Walcha and Long Flat
• Buccarumbi to Newton Boyd – Old Glen Innes Road is closed between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and Henry River
• Putty Road is closed between Colo and Milbrodale
• Nowendoc to Barrington Village – Thunderbolts Way is closed between Nowendoc and Barrington Village.
• Nowendoc to Knorrit Flat – Nowendoc Road is closed
• Comboyne to Killabakh – Comboyne Road/Wingham Road is closed between Collings Rd and Leggetts Rd
• Comboyne to Upper Lansdowne – Koppin Yarratt Road is closed
• Telegraph Point – Red Hill Road is closed from Rollands Plains Road and Cooperabung Range Road
• Lower Creek to Bellbrook – Kempsey Road/Armidale Road is closed between Raspberry Rd and Nulla Nulla Creek Rd
• Ebor to Aberfoyle – Guyra Road is closed between Rockvale Rd and Waterfall Way.
• Clouds Creek to Coutts Crossing – Armidale Road is closed between Kangaroo Creek Rd and Deadmans Range Rd
• Upper Fine Flower to Baryulgil (north of Grafton) – Clarence Way is closed between Carnham Rd and Lionsville Rd
• Whiporie to Bungawalbin – Bungawalbin Whiporie Road is closed Between Summerland Way and Moone New Italy Rd
• Gradys Creek to Rathdowney (across the Queensland border) – Summerland Way and Mount Lindesay Way are closed

Thursday 3pm

Stop/slow traffic control is in place for a two kilometre section of the highway near Mount View Road at Moonbi.

All northbound lanes of the Pacific Highway are closed at Nabiac due to a bushfire.

The Oxley Highway remains closed between Walcha and Long Flat.

The Gwydir Highway is closed between Bald Nob, east of Glen Innes, and Eatonsville, west of Grafton.

Other roads are still closed in New South Wales

• Buccarumbi to Bald Nob – Old Glen Innes Road and Old Grafton Road are closed between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and the Gwydir Highway
• Putty Road is closed between Colo and Milbrodale
• At Failford – Failford Road is closed in both directions between the Pacific HIghway and The Lakes Way. Bullocky Way is closed between Pacific Highway and Failford Road
• Wallabi Point – Saltwater Road is closed between Old Bar Road and Wallabi Point
• Nowendoc to Knorrit Flat – Nowendoc Road is closed
• Comboyne to Cedar Party – Comboyne Road/Wingham Road is closed
• Comboyne to Upper Lansdowne – Koppin Yarratt Road is closed
• Telegraph Point – Red Hill Road is closed from Rollands Plains Road and Cooperabung Range Road
• Lower Creek to Willawarrin – Kempsey Road / Armidale Road is closed
• Clouds Creek to Coutts Crossing – Armidale Road is closed
• Upper Fine Flower (north of Grafton) – Clarence Way is closed between Carnham and Baryugil
• Woodenbong in NSW to Rathdowney in Qld – Summerland Way is closed

Wednesday 4pm

The New England Highway remains closed between Moonbi and Bendemeer, north of Tamworth.

The Oxley Highway remains closed between Walcha and Wauchope.

The Gwydir Highway is closed between Bald Nob, east of Glen Innes, and Eatonsville, west of Grafton.

Other Closures

• Buccarumbi to Bald Nob – Old Glen Innes Road and Old Grafton Road are closed between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and the Gwydir Highway
• Between Burrell Creek and Taree South – The Bucketts Way is closed
• At Failford – Bullocky Way between Pacific Highway and Failford Road
• Rainbow Flat – Godfrey Hill Road between the Pacific Highway and The Lakes Way
• Leconfield – Leconfield Road between Dalwood Road and Hollingshead Street
• Thunderbolts Way is closed in both directions between Nowendoc and Barrington Village.
• Nowendoc to Knorrit Flat – Nowendoc Road is closed in both directions
• Putty Road is closed between Colo and Milbrodale
• Wallabi Point – Saltwater Road is closed between Old Bar Road and Wallabi Point
• Lower Creek to Yarravel – Kempsey Road (Armidale Road) is closed
• Clouds Creek to Coutts Crossing – Armidale Road is closed
• Comboyne to Upper Lansdowne – Koppin Yarratt Road is closed
• Telegraph Point – Red Hill Road is closed from Rollands Plains Road and Cooperabung Range Road
• Upper Fine Flower (north of Grafton) – Clarence Way is closed between Carnham and Baryugil
• At Woodenbong – Summerland Way is closed between Mount Lindesay Road and the Queensland border

Tuesday 8pm

The Pacific Highway remains closed in multiple places including:

  • From Taree South to Burrell Creek
  • Bulahdelah to Taree
  • Grafton to Ballina

The New England Highway remains closed at:

  • Moonbi to Bendemeer

A large stretch of the Oxley Highway is closed. There is significant amount of work taking place to ensure its safe before reopening. The fire is still burning on both side of the highway near Long Flat.

  • Between Thrumster to Port Macquarie
  • From Walcha to Wauchope between Brackendale Road & The Paddock Road

Other road closures include:

On the Mid North Coast

  • Between Nowendoc to Knorrit Flat
  • The Lakes Way between Pacific Highway & Failford Road
  • Thunderbolts Way between Nowendoc & Barrington Village
  • The Bucketts Way between from Taree South to Burrell Creek
  • South Taree Olad Bar Road between Pacific Highway & Saltwater Road
  • Rainbow Flat Godfrey Hill between Pacific Highway and The Lakes Way
  • Telegraph Point Red Hill Road between Rollands Plains Road & Cooperabung Range Road
  • Elaands to Marlee Bulga Road between Middlebrook Road and Colling Road
  • Harrington to Crowdy Head, Crowdy Head Road
  • Wallabi Point Saltwater Road

In the Clarence Valley LGA

  • From Coutts Crossing to Clouds Creek at Armidale Road
  • Buccarumbi to Bald Nob Old Glen Innes Road and Old Grafton Road between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and Gwydir Highway
  • Upper Fine Flower (North of Grafton) Clarence Way
  • Bald Nob to Eatonsville Gwydir Highway between Bald Nod Road & Tindal Road
  • Woodenbong Summerland Way between Mount Lindsay Road and the Queensland Border

In the Kempsey LGA

  • Lower Creek to Yarravel Kemspey Road & Armidale Road
  • Colo to Milbrodale Putty Road

Tuesday 3.10pm

The New England Highway is now closed at Bolivia Hill, south of Tenterfield, due to a bushfire.

The New England Highway is also closed between Moonbi and Bendemeer, as well as at Whittingham.

The Pacific Highway remains closed between Bulahdelah and Taree.

The Oxley Highway remains closed between Walcha and Wauchope.

The Gwydir Highway is still closed between Bald Nob, east of Glen Innes, and Eatonsville, west of Grafton.

North west of Sydney, Putty Road remains closed between Colo and Milbrodale.

Other roads remain closed in bushfire-affected areas of New South Wales:
• Nowendoc to Knorrit Flat – Nowendoc Road is closed in both directions
• Wallabi Point – Saltwater Road is closed between Old Bar Road and Wallabi Point
• Crowdy Head to Harrington – Crowdy Head Road is closed
• Telegraph Point – Red Hill Road is closed from Rollands Plains Road
• Lower Creek to Yarravel – Kempsey Road (Armidale Road) is closed
• Clouds Creek to Coutts Crossing – Armidale Road is closed
• Upper Fine Flower – Clarence Way is closed between Carnham and Baryugil
• Buccarumbi to Bald Nob – Old Glen Innes Road and Old Grafton Road are closed between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and the Gwydir Highway
• Elands to Marlee – Bulga Road is closed between Middlebrook Road and Colling Road.

Also avoid the Mitchell Highway and Newell Highway in the state’s west due to strong winds and dust.

Tuesday 2.15pm 

LATEST ON ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO BUSHFIRES AT 1:45PM – continue to delay non-essential travel on the roads.

The New England Highway is closed in both directions at Whittingham due to a bushfire.

The New England Highway is also closed between Moonbi and Bendemeer.

The Pacific Highway remains closed between Bulahdelah and Taree.

North west of Sydney, Putty Road remains closed between Colo and Milbrodale.

The Oxley Highway remains closed between Walcha and Wauchope.

The Gwydir Highway is closed between Bald Nob, east of Glen Innes, and Eatonsville, west of Grafton.

Due to strong winds, motorists should also avoid the Newell Highway and the Mitchell Highway.

Other road closures still in place due to the bushfires include:
• Nowendoc to Knorrit Flat – Nowendoc Road is closed in both directions
• Wallabi Point – Saltwater Road is closed between Old Bar Road and Wallabi Point
• Crowdy Head to Harrington – Crowdy Head Road is closed
• Telegraph Point – Red Hill Road is closed from Rollands Plains Road
• Lower Creek to Yarravel – Kempsey Road (Armidale Road) is closed
• Clouds Creek to Coutts Crossing – Armidale Road is closed
• Upper Fine Flower – Clarence Way is closed between Carnham and Baryugil
• Buccarumbi to Bald Nob – Old Glen Innes Road and Old Grafton Road are closed between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and the Gwydir Highway
• Elands to Marlee – Bulga Road is closed between Middlebrook Road and Colling Road.

Anyone who needs to travel should be prepared for conditions to change quickly and follow the directions of emergency services personnel on the ground.

Tuesday 1.45pm

BULAHDELAH TO TAREE: The Pacific Highway is now closed both ways between Bulahdelah and Taree due to this fire.

Stay away.

You should continue to avoid all non-essential travel, but if you are on the road already, follow the directions of emergency services personnel.

Other major road closures include:

The New England Highway between Moonbi and Bendemeer.

Putty Road between Colo and Milbrodale.

The Oxley Highway between Walcha and Wauchope.

The Gwydir Highway between Bald Nob, east of Glen Innes, and Eatonsville, west of Grafton.

Other road closures still in place due to the bushfires include:

• Nowendoc to Knorrit Flat – Nowendoc Road is closed in both directions
• Wallabi Point – Saltwater Road is closed between Old Bar Road and Wallabi Point
• Crowdy Head to Harrington – Crowdy Head Road is closed
• Telegraph Point – Red Hill Road is closed from Rollands Plains Road
• Lower Creek to Yarravel – Kempsey Road (Armidale Road) is closed
• Clouds Creek to Coutts Crossing – Armidale Road is closed
• Upper Fine Flower – Clarence Way is closed between Carnham and Baryugil
• Buccarumbi to Bald Nob – Old Glen Innes Road and Old Grafton Road are closed between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and the Gwydir Highway
• Elands to Marlee – Bulga Road is closed between Middlebrook Road and Colling Road.

Get the latest information at www.livetraffic.com and remember conditions can, and are, changing quickly.

Tuesday Midday

DELAY NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TODAY IF YOU CAN.

The New England Highway has just closed between Moonbi and Bendemeer due to a bushfire – avoid the area

If you have to travel, know that conditions can change quickly and roads can and will most likely close at short notice.

If you are on the roads, have water, food, supplies, a full tank of fuel, and a fully charged mobile phone. If a bushfire starts when you’re already travelling, follow the directions of emergency services (NSW Police ForceNSW Rural Fire ServiceFire and Rescue NSW) and other traffic crews.

** Putty Road has also closed between Colo and Milbrodale due to a bushfire – stay away

** Nowendoc Road is closed between Knorrit Flat and Nowendoc

** The Oxley Highway remains closed between Walcha and Wauchope.

** The Gwydir Highway is closed between Bald Nob, east of Glen Innes, and Eatonsville, west of Grafton.

Other road closures still in place due to the bushfires include:

• Wallabi Point – Saltwater Road is closed between Old Bar Road and Wallabi Point
• Crowdy Head to Harrington – Crowdy Head Road is closed
• Telegraph Point – Red Hill Road is closed from Rollands Plains Road
• Lower Creek to Yarravel – Kempsey Road (Armidale Road) is closed
• Clouds Creek to Coutts Crossing – Armidale Road is closed
• Upper Fine Flower – Clarence Way is closed between Carnham and Baryugil
• Buccarumbi to Bald Nob – Old Glen Innes Road and Old Grafton Road are closed between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and the Gwydir Highway
• Elands to Marlee – Bulga Road is closed between Middlebrook Road and Colling Road.

www.livetraffic.com for details.

Tuesday 9.30am

FOR UP-TO-DATE BUSHFIRE INFORMATION VISIT THE RFS WEBSITE

IF YOU ARE IN AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CONTACT 000

With a day of horror bushfire conditions expected on Tuesday, drivers and commuters are being urged to delay their travel if possible.

If this is not an option, Live Traffic says people should check road closure updates on their website before leaving to ensure their safety.

Some detours are in place and are different for heavy and light vehicles in several areas.

Here are the major closures in place as of 9am on Tuesday morning.

A number of roads are already closed due to bushfires in NSW.

The Oxley Highway’s now closed between Walcha and Wauchope – the highway had been closed between Walcha and Bago.
• If you need to travel, you can use the Pacific Highway, Waterfall Way and the New England Highway, but this will add considerable time to your trip and isn’t suitable for B-doubles

The Gwydir Highway’s closed between Bald Nob, east of Glen Innes, and Eatonsville, west of Grafton.
• If you can’t delay your trip, you can use the Bruxner Highway or Waterfall Way instead, but these aren’t suitable for B-doubles.

Other road closures still in place due to the bushfires include:
• Wallabi Point – Saltwater Road is closed between Old Bar Road and Wallabi Point
• Crowdy Head to Harrington – Crowdy Head Road is closed
• Telegraph Point – Red Hill Road is closed from Rollands Plains Road
• Lower Creek to Yarravel – Kempsey Road (Armidale Road) is closed
• Tingha to Guyra – Guyra Road is closed
• Clouds Creek to Coutts Crossing – Armidale Road is closed
• Comboyne to Cedar Party – Comboyne Road is closed between Sunrise Lane and Colling Road
• Upper Fine Flower – Clarence Way is closed between Carnham and Baryugil
• Buccarumbi to Bald Nob – Old Glen Innes Road and Old Grafton Road are closed between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and the Gwydir Highway
• Elands to Marlee – Bulga Road is closed between Middlebrook Road and Colling Road

The Pacific and New England highways are open, but if you need to travel, take extreme care and drive to the conditions, which can change quickly.

With a day of horror bushfire conditions expected on Tuesday, drivers and commuters are being urged to delay their travel if possible.

If this is not an option, Live Traffic says people should check road closure updates on their website before leaving to ensure their safety.

Some detours are in place and are different for heavy and light vehicles in several areas.

Here are the major closures in place as of 6 o’clock on Tuesday morning.

  • The Oxley Highway is now closed between Walcha and Wauchope – the highway had been closed between Walcha and Bago.
  • The Gwydir Highway is closed between Bald Nob, east of Glen Innes, and Eatonsville, west of Grafton.

Other road closures still in place due to the bushfires include:

  • Wallabi Point – Saltwater Road is closed between Old Bar Road and Wallabi Point
  • Crowdy Head to Harrington – Crowdy Head Road is closed
  • Telegraph Point – Red Hill Road is closed from Rollands Plains Road
  • Lower Creek to Yarravel  – Kempsey Road (Armidale Road) is closed
  • Tingha to Guyra – Guyra Road is closed
  • Clouds Creek to Coutts Crossing – Armidale Road is closed
  • Comboyne to Cedar Party – Comboyne Road is closed between Sunrise Lane and Colling Road
  • Upper Fine Flower – Clarence Way is closed between Carnham and Baryugil
  • Buccarumbi to Bald Nob – Old Glen Innes Road and Old Grafton Road are closed between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and the Gwydir Highway
  • Elands to Marlee – Bulga Road is closed between Middlebrook Road and Colling Road

The Pacific Highway and the New England Highway are open in both directions, however motorists who need to travel should continue to exercise extreme caution.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com, download the Live Traffic NSW app or call 132 701.

NBN News will keep you up-to-date with the latest information on this bushfire emergency throughout the day via our live blog.