About the project

Bunbury Outer Ring Road will:

  • Reduce travel times between the north and south of Bunbury by up to 15 minutes
  • Enable traffic travelling between Forrest Highway and Bussell Highway to avoid 13 sets of traffic lights and one rail level crossing
  • Improve safety for local residents by removing a significant number of trucks from local roads each day
  • Enhance access for tourists to the world renowned Margaret River region and the wider South West
  • Create free flowing traffic movements for the freight transport industry
  • Improve access to Bunbury Port and strengthen Greater Bunbury’s position as a regional industrial hub for the South West Region

Our project overview provides a summary of the project's objectives, sections and funding.

Latest News

To help the community understand the planning and development process for Bunbury Outer Ring Road we've developed new fact sheets on some of the key topics raised over the past six months:


These key project milestones and decision points  are indicative dates:

  • Project planning study commenced: April 2018
  • Environmental referral (Northern section): 2019
  • Environmental referral (Southern section): Mid to late-2019
  • Project planning study completed: Early-2020
  • Construction commences: 2020

Frequently asked questions

Why is Bunbury Outer Ring Road needed?

There is already significant pressure on the road network around Bunbury, and this is projected to increase due to a number of factors:

  • Population growth in Greater Bunbury
  • Proposed development in Wanju, Waterloo and surrounding areas
  • Increased freight movements, due to mining activity and associated growth in Bunbury Port activities
  • The existing road network in and around Bunbury supports a range of vehicle movements, including freight and light vehicles, regional and local traffic. These combinations of vehicles on local road networks impact on road safety and amenity

As a Port City, Bunbury plays an important role in the WA economy.  Twelve per cent of the world exports of alumina leave from the Port of Bunbury. The current access to Bunbury Port is problematic, and impacts on freight efficiency.

Currently, vehicles travelling between Bussell Highway and Forrest Highway have to navigate 13 sets of traffic lights and one rail level crossing.

When complete, between 10,000 and 15,000 vehicles per day on average are expected to use the new road. These regional / port movements would otherwise mix with local traffic on local roads.

What is the planning history of Bunbury Outer Ring Road?

The original concept for Bunbury Outer Ring Road was developed in the early 1970s.

The central section was completed in 2013, in conjunction with Port Access Road (Willinge Drive). This section links South Western Highway (south) to Boyanup Picton Road, and provides improved access to the Port from areas south east of Bunbury.

A northern section alignment was included in the Greater Bunbury Regional Scheme but has recently been reviewed. See ‘Why was the BORR moved further east?’ in the FAQs document below.

The road reserve for the southern section has been protected in the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme for many years, however, it contains Matters of Environmental Significance and, as such, is being assessed along with an alternative investigation corridor. More information on why we are investigating an alternative alignment for the southern section is in the FAQs document below.

How is Bunbury Outer Ring Road funded?

In May 2017, $12.5 million of joint funding was announced by the Australian ($10 million) and the State ($2.5 million) governments to complete the planning and project development for the unbuilt sections (northern and southern) of the BORR. This work is to be completed by the end of 2019.

In April 2018, $560 million of Federal funding was committed towards construction. State Government funding will be provided, subject to normal State Budget processes, with road project costs being determined as part of business case development.

When will construction commence?

We are working towards having all necessary approvals to award a construction contract in late 2020.  These include environmental and heritage approvals.

Does Main Roads already own all the land that is required to construct BORR?

We own some of the land required for the BORR. Further acquisitions are required and land requirements are being determined at present. We have contacted landowners whose land may be required for the project.

Find out more information about the project in ourfrequently asked questions

Media Statements

Minister welcomes additional Bunbury Outer Ring Road funds - 27 April 2018

State Government welcomes Federal Government's final quarter effort on transport – 28 March 2019

Wanju and Waterloo plans re-released for public comment – 12 March 2019

Last Updated: 01 May 2019