Gateway Motorway

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Gateway Motorway
General information
Type Highway
Length 48 km (30 mi)
Route number(s)
  • M1
  • (Bald Hills - Eight Mile Plains)
  • M2
  • (Eight Mile Plains - Drewvale)
Major junctions
North end
South end
Major settlements Nudgee, Eagle Farm, Belmont, Eight Mile Plains
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Queensland

The Gateway Motorway (M2 to Eight Mile Plains and M1 to Pine River) is a major tolled motorway in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia which includes the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges (former Gateway Bridge). The motorway is operated by toll road operator Transurban.

It bypasses Brisbane in order to provide easier access between the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. It runs from the M2 Logan Motorway in Drewvale (near Browns Plains) to the Gympie Arterial Road in Bald Hills. At the interchange with the Pacific Motorway at Eight Mile Plains (Pacific Motorway exit 16), its original terminus pre-1997, the route number changes from M2 (Logan Motorway - Pacific Motorway) to M1 (Pacific Motorway - Bruce Highway (Gympie Arterial Road)). The Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges are part of the Gateway Motorway and the Motorway provides access to the Port of Brisbane, Brisbane Airport and Brisbane Entertainment Centre.


The motorway was constructed to connect the then-recently opened Gateway Bridge to the Bruce Highway in the north and the Pacific Motorway in the south. Construction on the road commenced in September 1985 and it was opened to traffic in December 1986.

Originally, the route was called the Gateway Arterial Road because the road was not at motorway status, the road passing through three large roundabouts north of the Brisbane River. Therefore, to cope with the heavy traffic, the government began upgrading the road in 1987. Duplication to four lanes and grade-separation was completed in several stages between 1991 and 1995.

In 1995, construction began on a southern extension to the Logan Motorway, creating the Southern Brisbane Bypass. The road was opened to traffic by Vaughan Johnson, then-Minister for Transport and Main Roads, on 13 May 1997.[1] Following this work, the road was renamed Gateway Motorway.

In 2007, construction began on the Gateway Upgrade Project, which duplicated the Gateway Bridge, added a deviation between Eagle Farm and Nudgee and upgraded the motorway south of the river. The duplicate Gateway Bridge was opened on 24 May 2010 and both bridges were renamed the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges. The original bridge was refurbished to match the new structure and was finished on 28 November 2010. The northern deviation was routed east from its old alignment (the old alignment is now named Southern Cross Way) and added a second access road, Moreton Drive, to Brisbane Airport. The deviation opened on 19 July 2009 whilst Moreton Drive opened on 3 December 2009. South of the bridges, the motorway was expanded to 9 lanes up to the Wynnum Road interchange, and 8 lanes to the Old Cleveland Road interchange. From that point the motorway is six lanes up to the Pacific Motorway Merge. The upgrades between Lytton Road and Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road were completed on 28 January 2010, while the final stage between Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road and Pacific Motorway (also the final stage of the entire Gateway Motorway Upgrade) was opened to traffic on 30 July 2011.

Upon its original opening, the road did not have a route number. However it gained the Metroad 1 shield in March 1994, before being replaced with M1 in 2005. Manual toll booths were removed and replaced with electronic toll gates (which require vehicles to have a transponder attached to the windscreen) in 2010.


The entire motorway is in the City of Brisbane local government area.

Location km mi Exit[a] Destinations Notes
Bald Hills 0 0 127 Bruce Highway (M1) – Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Cairns Northern motorway terminus at partial Y interchange: merges with Gympie Arterial Road to continue as Bruce Highway
Bracken Ridge 123 Bracken Ridge Road – to M3, Bracken Ridge, Brighton, Sandgate
122 Deagon Deviation (State Route 26) – Brighton, Redcliffe Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Deagon 120 Depot Road (State Route 27) – Deagon, Sandgate No southbound exit
Boondall Sandgate Road (State Route 26) – no exit Northbound entry only
117 Bicentennial Road – Boondall, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Wetlands Roundabout interchange
Nudgee 112 Nudgee Road – Nudgee, Nudgee Beach Northbound access to Gateway Travel Centre
Brisbane Airport 110 Southern Cross Way – to M7, Eagle Farm Partial Y interchange: no northbound exit to or southbound entrance from Southern Cross Way
108 Moreton Drive – Brisbane Airport
Eagle Farm 106 Kingsford Smith Drive – Eagle Farm, Hamilton Northbound exit and southbound entrance
105 Southern Cross Way – to M7, Eagle Farm Partial Y interchange: no southbound exit to or northbound entrance from Southern Cross Way
Brisbane River Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges (toll bridge)
Murarrie 103 Lytton Road (State Route 24) – Murarrie, Lytton Southbound exit and northbound entrance
102 Port of Brisbane Motorway (M4) – Port of Brisbane, Murarrie, Lytton
Tingalpa 100 Wynnum Road (State Route 23) – Tingalpa, Cannon Hill, Wynnum, Manly
Belmont 97 Old Cleveland Road (State Route 22), Sleeman Sports Complex
MackenzieRochedale boundary 92 Mount Gravatt–Capalaba Road (Metroad 2 west / State Route 21 east) – Mackenzie, Wishart, Capalaba, Mount Gravatt
Rochedale 88 Miles Platting Road (State Route 56) – Eight Mile Plains, Eight Mile Plains busway station, Sunnybank
Rochedale – Eight Mile Plains boundary 87 Pacific Motorway (M1 south-east / M3 north-west) – Logan, Logan Central Northbound entrance from Pacific Motorway north-westbound and southbound exit to Pacific Motorway south-eastbound only; route transition: Northern end of M2, southern end of M1 allocation
Eight Mile Plains 1 Logan Road (State Route 95) – Underwood, Brisbane
Kuraby Kuraby toll point
Kuraby–RuncornStrettonKarawatha quadripoint 4 Compton Road (State Route 30) – Kuraby, Runcorn Southbound exit to Compton Road, and northbound entrance via Persse Road
Drewvale 9 Logan Motorway (M2 westbound / Metroad 6 eastbound) – Ipswich, Toowoomba, Logan, Gold Coast Southern terminus at trumpet interchange; Logan Motorway eastbound signed as Exit 9

Southern Cross Way[edit]

Southern Cross Way is a 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), 4 lane motorway which branches from the Gateway Motorway at Eagle Farm before merging back with it at Nudgee. Prior to 2010, Southern Cross Way formed part of the Gateway Motorway before the Gateway Upgrade Project constructed a shorter route (and additional Brisbane Airport access road, Moreton Drive), between those two suburbs. The old, longer motorway section was preserved, connected to the deviation and renamed Southern Cross Way, after the aircraft flown by aviator Charles Kingford Smith, to allow motorists to distinguish between the routes. Southern Cross Way (also colloquially called the 'Old Gateway Motorway') thus follows the previous alignment of the Gateway Motorway between Eagle Farm and Nudgee and has three exits.[2]


The entire motorway is in the City of Brisbane local government area.

Location km[3] mi Destinations Notes
Brisbane Airport 0 0 Gateway Motorway (M1) north – to Caboolture, Sunshine Coast, Cairns via Bruce Highway Northern terminus at partial Y interchange: no southbound exit to or northbound entrance from Gateway Motorway
1.9 1.2 Toombul Road – Virginia Roundabout interchange
Brisbane Airport – Hendra boundary 3.5 2.2 East–West Arterial Road (M7) west / Airport Drive east – Nundah, Clayfield, Brisbane Airport
Eagle Farm 5.8–
Kingsford Smith Drive – Eagle Farm, Hamilton Northbound exit via Fison Avenue West; southbound exit and entrance via Links Avenue North
7.6 4.7 Gateway Motorway (M1) south – to Gold Coast, Tweed Heads, Gold Coast Airport via Pacific Motorway Southern terminus at partial Y interchange: no northbound exit to or southbound entrance from Gateway Motorway

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Exit numbering resets at M1/M2 junction


  1. ^ [1] Queensland Motorways Annual Report 1996-1997
  2. ^ AAP. ( "Gateway renamed the Southern Cross Way") Sydney Morning Herald (17 September 2010). Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  3. ^ Google (31 March 2015). "Southern Cross Way" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 31 March 2015.