Macleay Valley Way

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Macleay Valley Way

Macleay Valley Way is located in New South Wales
South end
South end
North end
North end
General information
Type Highway
Length 39 km (24 mi)[1]
Maintained by Roads and Maritime Services
route number
Major junctions
South end Pacific Highway
North end Pacific Highway
Region Mid North Coast
LGA(s) Kempsey Shire
Major settlements Kempsey, Frederickton
Highway system

The Macleay Valley Way is a road in New South Wales which was a part of the Pacific Highway that has been bypassed by a newer alignment of the highway.

Route description

The Macleay Valley Way branches from the Pacific Highway at the Kempsey South Service Centre. It follows the former Pacific Highway alignment. Instead of bypassing population centres, the Macleay Valley Way passes through the towns of Kempsey and Frederickton.


Macleay Valley Way became the secondary road in two stages, as the new Pacific Highway was opened in two stages. The southern part of the new road is east of the old road which is now Macleay Valley Way through Kempsey.[2] The northern part is west of the Macleay Valley Way. The new bridge over the Macleay River and bypass of Kempsey and Frederickton was opened first, on 27 March 2013.[2]

The section north of Frederickton opened on 16 May 2016.[3][4]

This northern section of Macleay Valley Way includes the part of the former Pacific Highway that was the site of the Kempsey bus crash which occurred in the locality of Clybucca in 1989 when two loaded tour buses collided head-on.[4]

Major junction list

LGA Location km[1] mi Destinations Notes
Kempsey South Kempsey 0 0.0 Pacific Highway Slim Dusty Interchange[2]
3.6 2.2 North Coast railway line
3.8 2.4 Angus McNeil Crescent – Crescent Head
East Kempsey, Kempsey 6.1 3.8 Macleay River
Frederickton, Bellimbopinni 14.5 9.0 Pacific Highway Dunghutti interchange[2]
Seven Oaks 20 12 Smithtown Road – Gladstone, Smithtown, South West Rocks
Clybucca 25.7 16.0 Plummers Lane – South West Rocks
27.3 17.0 Clybucca Creek
Barraganyatti 36.6 22.7 Barraganyatti Creek
Barraganyatti, Yarrengai 39.0 24.2 Stuarts Point Road – Grassy Head, Yarrahapinni, Stuarts Point / Blackbutt Shute Road / Pacific Highway (A1) – Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Brisbane No southbound access to Pacific Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Google (23 April 2017). "Macleay Valley Way" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kempsey Bypass". Roads and Maritime Services. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Frederickton to Eungai - Pacific Highway upgrade". Roads and Maritime Services. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b Merkell, Helen (16 May 2016). "Deadly stretch of Pacific Highway to be bypassed today, 27 years after bus crash". ABC Mid North Coast. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
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