Western Freeway, Brisbane

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Western Freeway
Moggill Road and Western Freeway Interchange Upgrade worksite (13460694015).jpg
Moggill Road and Western Freeway Interchange Upgrade
General information
Type Freeway
Length 5 km (3 mi)
Route number(s) M5
Major junctions
NE end Mount Coot-tha Road, Toowong, Brisbane
SW end Centenary Motorway
Indooroopilly, Brisbane
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Queensland

The M5 is a 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) long freeway in western Brisbane that runs from Milton Road in Toowong to the western side of Indooroopilly where the freeway becomes the M5 Centenary Motorway. The freeway bears the symbol and forms part of Metroad 5. There is one interchange, at Indooroopilly onto Moggill Road. A bicycle path runs the length of the freeway, allowing commuting to Toowong and onto Brisbane by bicycle.

Options are currently being investigated in to a possible Kenmore Bypass. This would connect with the M5 along the existing preserved corridor to Chuwar, Queensland. This preserved corridor was identified in the 1960s for a future freeway.


The Western Freeway was constructed in two stages. The first stretched from Milton Road at Toowong south to Taringa Parade at Taringa, and was opened to traffic on 31 August 1970. Construction of the second stage (Taringa Parade to Moggill Road) commenced in 1975 and was opened on 24 May 1979.[1] Later construction began on a direct link to the Centenary Highway, and this extension was opened to traffic on 19 December 1984.[2][page needed]

Work began in 1985 on the duplication of the freeway as part of the larger Mount Cootha Road to Calmont Street project, which also involved the duplication of Centenary Bridge. The works were completed and commissioned by Russ Hinze on 27 March 1987.[3]

Exits and Interchanges[edit]

Western Freeway Qld M5.png
Northbound exits Distance to
Distance to
Southbound exits
Australia R1-3.svg Roundabout (clockwise to Brisbane)
Frederick Street QLD-A5.png to Ashgrove (4 km) and Bruce Highway (29 km)
Milton Road to Brisbane (3.5 km)
Miskin Street to Toowong (1 km)
Mount Coot-tha Road QLD-A5.png to Mount Coot-tha (2 km), Springfield (27.5 km) and Sydney (987 km)
Australia R1-3.svg Roundabout (clockwise from freeway)
Mount Coot-tha Road to Bardon (1 km) and Mount Coot-tha (1.5 km)
Mount Coot-tha Road QLD-A5.png to Brisbane (4 km)
End Western Freeway Qld M5.png 4.5 26.5 Start Western Freeway Qld M5.png
Start Western Freeway Qld M5.png
continues from Centenary Motorway Qld M5.png
9 22 Indooroopilly, Kenmore
Moggill Road
End Western Freeway Qld M5.png
continues as Centenary Motorway Qld M5.png
to Springfield / Sydney


See also[edit]

Brisbane Motorways
M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M7
Major Motorways
Pacific  · Bruce  · Gateway  · Ipswich  · ICB  · Legacy  · Logan  · Western  · Centenary  · Port of Brisbane  · CLEM7  · Airport Link

Coordinates: 27°29′17.19″S 152°57′59.27″E / 27.4881083°S 152.9664639°E / -27.4881083; 152.9664639