The NSW Transport Management Centre has released some advice to travellers ahead of the holiday period, warning of the most congested areas around Sydney.
Key areas to avoid if possible:
- M1 Pacific Motorway between Kariong and Somersby, Tuggerah and Doyalson and Beresfield - will be very busy;
- New England Highway from Tarro to Hexham, on to the Pacific Highway between Hexham and Raymond Terrace, and through Coffs Harbour and Woodburn - heavy traffic;
- Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains - allow extra travel time;
- Hume Motorway between Campbelltown and Mittagong, Princes Highway through Albion Park Rail, Nowra, Jervis Bay, Milton and Ulladulla - heavy traffic;
- Kings Highway through Braidwood, between Nelligen and Batemans Bay - very busy.
Anyone travelling for the break is reminded that the busiest time on the roads is between 10am and 5pm.
The Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont will also be very busy, especially from the 23rd to the 24th of December where it stays open for 36 hours to accommodate the Christmas rush.
Market Street in the Sydney CBD will be closed on Boxing Day for pedestrian safety, so shoppers are advised to prepare for big crowds.
The Royal National Park will also be a hotspot for people over the holiday break, so it is advised that if you are planning a visit, have a back-up plan in case the car park is full and allow plenty of travel time.