Margaret River Perimeter Road

The Margaret River Perimeter Road is 7 km long and extends from Airport Access Road north of Margaret River, linking back to Bussell Highway south of Margaret River.

The road has been planned as a four lane dual carriageway, but will initially be constructed as a two lane single carriageway with major roundabouts at the northern and southern intersection with Bussell Highway, and additional intersections at:

  • Airport Access;
  • John Archibald Drive;
  • Rosa Brook Road (east); and
  • a Light Industrial Area Access

This project will provide an alternative route for heavy vehicles around the Town of Margaret River, in order to reduce congestion and enhance safety for pedestrians and local traffic.

The concept plan outlines the route and key connections. The plan of the northern roundabout shows the new road layout and the species to be used in an extensive revegetation and landscaping program.


Latest news

Work on the final stages will commence in early October 2018.

The key focus will be on the northern tie in to the new roundabout near the Bussell Highway and new perimeter road (north of Margaret River town). 

From 8 October for approximately 6-8 weeks, speed reductions will be in place as well as intermittent lane closures as required while earthworks and pavements construction are completed. Road users may experience delays Monday to Saturday's from 7am to 6pm. Please be patient and plan your trip in advance.  

Importantly, we ask parents, students and transport operators to consider potential delays for the upcoming school and university examination period.

The traffic bridge is 90 per cent complete, along with 90 per cent of the perimeter road to Rosa Brook Road, and the majority of John Archibald Drive.

The project remains on target for opening in mid-December 2018 (weather dependent).

Thank you for your corporation, and remember to "stay safe - stay out of works areas".

Planting Day with Margaret River Primary School - June 2018

We welcomed children from Margaret River Primary School onto our site to help us with the planting of 1,200 plants on the northern embankments heading towards the bridge. Work on planting at the northern entrance is underway to maximise plant growth during the winter.

Images: Students from Margaret River Primary School joined us in to plant seedlings

Works update

The northern section from the top of town to the bridge site over Margaret River is sealed. The bridge has progressed well, with the concrete deck completed.

In the southern section:

  • Sub-grade works have been completed on the perimeter road from the new bridge to John Archibald Drive roundabout. 
  • John Archibald Drive:
    • Boodjidup roundabout to Tingle Avenue is almost complete, with brick paving, paths and line marking to be completed. This section may open in early July 2018, subject to weather conditions.
    • Tingle Avenue to Perimeter Road intersection (roundabout) with John Archibald Drive is complete. The roundabout is kerbed and sealed, but will not be opened as we still need to undertake asphalt works, kerbing and lighting works.
  • Rosa Brook Road is open, with line marking works remaining. 
    • The roundabout at Rosa Brook Road and Perimeter Road intersection has been sealed.

Walk trails

There is no access across the site where we are constructing the bridge over the Margaret River. This includes access either from 10 Mile Dam or from the walk trails originating from town (western areas). Signage is in place that indicates the distance from the construction site, which means you will be able to walk a certain distance but will then have to turn back.

Scope of works

The contract was awarded to Margaret River Perimeter Road (MRPR) Joint Venture, comprising WBHO Infrastructure and SRG Civil Pty Ltd, and they will construct:

  • 5.2 km of perimeter road to connect to Stage One at Rosa Brook intersection 
  • 2.3 km long John Archibald Drive and roundabout connection with the perimeter road
  • the roundabout north of Margaret River and associated road connections 
  • a new entrance road to the airport 
  • a 96 m long road bridge and a separate footbridge on the Darch Trail.

Local contractors and workers are being used in addition to local services such as accommodation, fuel and meals. Work hours will be 7am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.


Read more information on our dedicated environment page.




​Key benefits

  • Provide an alternative, high standard, free flowing route for traffic not needing to travel through the Margaret River town site
  • Improve safety
  • Improve traffic flow on Bussell Highway
  • Allow intersection treatments, such as a roundabout at Wallcliffe Road
  • Increased transport efficiency
  • Reduced travel times


​Key dates

Stage One complete: May 2015

Stage Two construction start: September 2017

Stage Two construction complete: December 2018


​More information

Project Overview - September 2017

Concept Plan

Northern Roundabout Plan

Project Overview - July 2012

Project Overview - November 2013 

Last Updated: 04 October 2018