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Road closure information is now live. We have been working hard with Transport for NSW and local councils to produce maps to communicate the road closures. We have implemented the following changes to ensure that these maps are clear for the community:

  • We will only be advertising the hard road closure times. This means that the times you see on the maps and the signs will be the times that roads are closed. We ask the community to understand that we will have crews working on the road outside of these hard road closure times and we ask for all drivers to use caution.
  • We have implemented many more crossing and access points throughout the route to keep access to as many townships as possible.
  • We have changed the way the road closure infrastructure is being managed to reduce the duration of the road closures where possible.

As has been previously announced, the shorter 80km event – The Ride – has been placed on hold for 2021. The road closures listed below are for The Race and are the only road closures that will be implemented on Sunday 28th November 2021.

It is our intention to hold another round of community meetings as soon as it is safe to do so.

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France wants to involve the local community in the organisation of the event. Local businesses and members of the community are invited to join the community database via the form below to stay up-to-date. Information can also be found in the Local Community FAQ that can be found at the bottom of this page. To contact us, please email us at community@letapeaustralia.com.

ROAD CLOSURES

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France replicates a stage of the Tour de France and all its attributes, including fully closed roads. The road closures offer the riders a unique experience, guarantee their safety and provide the local community with a unique opportunity to develop road-side animations, activities and cycling-related art installations that can be featured in the 26-minute documentary that will be aired nationally on SBS after the event.

The 5th edition of L’Étape Australia will use 136km of roads through Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands. We have worked in collaboration with the State Authorities and the Local Councils to gather as much local knowledge as possible and limit the impact of the event on local traffic. A comprehensive Traffic Management Plan (TMP) was developed, submitted to the State Authorities and the Local Traffic Committees.

You will find below an overview of the road closures that will be in place on Sunday 28th November 2021 as well as individual downloadable local area maps. Please note that access for locals will be managed at dedicated points by traffic control and NSW Police when safe to do so while road closures are in place – see details below. 

If you have any question regarding the road closures, please send us an email at community@letapeaustralia.com and we will respond as soon as possible.

ROAD CLOSURES AND LOCAL ACCESS

Key roads along the course will begin closing from 4am on Sunday 28 November with roads progressively reopening throughout the morning and afternoon as riders complete the stages of each course. Access will be managed at designated locations to permit local residents and general motorists to travel across the course and around the road closures while the event is underway. Traffic controllers and Police will be on site to manage access when safe to do so.

AVOCA
  • Sheepwash Road will be closed from the Illawarra Highway to Nowra Road from 7:00am until 12:30pm. 
    • Motorists from Avoca and Burrawang can access the Illawarra Highway via Wildes Meadow Road and Walkers Road. Traffic controllers and Police will manage residents exiting these areas via right turn onto Sheepwash Road from Wildes Meadow Road then left turn onto Walkers Road where they can continue to the Illawarra Highway.
BERRY & BERRY MOUNTAIN
  • Alexandra Street and Queen Street intersection will be operating as a managed crossing point throughout the duration of the event for vehicles to cross from the north side of Berry to the south. Traffic marshals will ask cars to stop at this intersection and will direct them across Queen Street when it is safe to do so.
  • Coolangatta Road / Wharf Road will be closed from 6:00am until 9:45am.
  • Kangaroo Valley Road will be closed at Tourist Road from 6:00am until 9:45am.
    • Local residents on Huntingdale Park Road and surrounding streets can travel across Kangaroo Valley Road at the Huntingdale Park Road roundabout where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
  • Queen Street will be closed from 5:30am until 9:15am.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel across Queen Street at Alexandra Street where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
    • Motorists travelling southbound to Berry should use the first Berry exit at Queen Street off-ramp from the Princes Highway as the exit at Berry Bypass will be closed.
    • Motorists travelling northbound on the Princes Highway will need travel past Berry and use the Tindalls Lane exit to travel across the highway and re-enter in a southbound direction to take the first Queen Street exit.
BURRAWANG
  • The Illawarra Highway through Robertson will be closed from 7:30am until 1:00pm.
    • Access to Burrawang will be managed by traffic control and Police at the Illawarra Highway/Sheepwash Road roundabout from 7:30am to 1.00pm where motorists can travel along the eastbound lanes of the Illawarra Highway to Church Street for access to Burrawang.
    • Motorists will be able to leave Burrawang via Wildes Meadow Road where they will be intrusted to turn right onto Sheepwash Road and then left onto Walkers Road to then continue out onto the Illawarra Highway.
    • Residents from Burrawang will be able to drive through Belmore Falls Road and approach Robertson from Meryla Street. They will be permitted to turn right and travel down the Illawarra Highway in an easterly direction only to the Robertson Pie Shop.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel across the Illawarra Hwy at Meryla Street and at Caalong Street where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
    • Local residents from Wilson Road can turn right turn onto Illawarra Highway then right onto Church Street for access to Burrawang.
CAMBEWARRA
  • Cambewarra Lookout Road will be closed from 6:00am – 10:30am
  • Moss Vale Road will be closed from Barfield Road at Cambewarra towards Kangaroo Valley from 6:30am until 10.45am.
COOLANGATTA
  • Coolangatta Road / Wharf Road will be closed from 5:30am until 9:15am.
FITZROY FALLS
  • Nowra Road will be closed from Fitzroy Falls to Barrengarry from 6.30am until 2pm
GERRINGONG
  • Crooked River Road will be closed from 5:15am until 8.30am.
  • Fern Street will be closed from 5:15am until 8.30am.
    • Motorists can travel across Fern Street at Belinda Street where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
  • Changed traffic conditions will be in effect on the Princes Highway between Kiama and Gerringong from 4:00am until 9:00am. 
    • Contraflow traffic arrangements will be in place with one lane of traffic maintained in each direction on the highway using the northbound lanes. A speed limit reduction of 40km/h will be in effect while all southbound lanes are closed.
GERROA
  • Gerroa Road will be closed from 5:15am until 8.30am.
JAMBEROO
  • Allowrie Street will be closed from 8:30am until 2:00pm with the westbound lane open throughout.
    • Motorists will be permitted to travel westbound between Fountaindale Road and Jamberoo Mountain Road throughout the full duration of the road closure.
    • Each side street will have a traffic controller who will instruct vehicles to enter Allowrie Street in a westbound direction when it is safe to do so.
    • Businesses and residents located on the eastbound lane of Allowrie Street will need to access their vehicle on the westbound side of the road in order to access the one-way traffic flow.
  • Jamberoo Mountain Road will be closed from 8:00am until 1:30pm.
KANGAROO VALLEY
  • Cambewarra Lookout Road / Tourist Road will be closed from 6:00am until 10:30am.
  • Moss Vale Road will be closed from Barrengarry (at Carters Road) through Kangaroo Valley to Cambewarra (at Barfield Road) from 6:30 am until 10:45am.
KIAMA
  • Farmer Street will be closed between Manning Street and Bourrool Street from 4am until 8.30am.
  • Sections of Manning Street will be closed throughout the day at various times:
    • Manning Street between Barney Street and Farmer Street will be closed from 1:00am until 3:00pm for event start and finish areas. Residents along this stretch will be permitted to leave their driveways until 4:00 am.
    • Southbound lanes on Manning Street between Bong Bong Street and Barney Street will be closed from 4:00am until 3:00pm.
    • Both directions of Manning Street between Farmer Street and Bonnaira Street will be closed from 4:00am until 2:15pm.
    • Motorists can travel across Manning Street at Barney Street and Bong Bong Street where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
  • Changed traffic conditions will be in effect on the Princes Highway between Kiama and Gerringong from 4:00am until 9:00am
    • Contraflow traffic arrangements will be in place with one lane of traffic maintained in each direction on the highway using the northbound lanes. A speed limit reduction of 40km/h will be in effect while all southbound lanes are closed.
  • South Kiama Drive between Saddleback Mountain Road and Marks Street will be closed from 4:00am until 2:15pm.
    • Local residents in Hillview Circuit will have access to and from their properties after 7:45am when they will be permitted to turn right onto South Kiama Drive
  • South Kiama Drive between Marks Street and the Princes Hwy will be closed from 5:30am until 7:45am.
  • Taylor Street will be closed between Chapman Street and Farmer Street from 4:00am until 8.30am.
ROBERTSON
  • The Illawarra Highway through Robertson will be closed from 7:30am until 1:00pm with eastbound access maintained from Caalong Street to the Robertson Pie Shop.
    • Motorists will be permitted to travel eastbound on the Illawarra Highway/Hoddle Street between Caalong Street and Jamberoo Mountain Road. Motorists must enter the Highway from Caalong Street, Meryla Street, Fountaindale Street or The Old Road where traffic controllers will instruct vehicles to enter Illawarra Highway in an eastbound direction when it is safe to do so.
    • Businesses and residents located on the westbound lane of Illawarra Highway will need to access their vehicle on the eastbound side of the road in order to access the one-way traffic flow.
    • Local residents and motorists can travel across the Illawarra Hwy at Meryla Street and at Caalong Street where traffic controllers and Police will facilitate access across the course in both directions when it is safe to do so.
    • Access to Burrawang will be managed by traffic control and Police at the Illawarra Highway/Sheepwash Road roundabout from 7:30am to 1:00pm where motorists can travel along the eastbound lanes of the Illawarra Highway to Church Street for access to Burrawang.
    • Local residents from Wilson Road can turn right turn onto Illawarra Highway then right onto Church Street for access to Burrawang.
SADDLEBACK MOUNTAIN
  • Saddleback Mountain Road will be closed between South Kiama Drive and Old Saddleback Mountain Road from 8:45am until 2:30pm
  • Saddleback Mountain Road / Fountaindale Road will be closed from 8.45am until 2:30pm.
SHOALHAVEN HEADS
  • Gerroa Road will be closed north of Coolangatta Road from 5:15 am – 8:30 am

Please note that during the event, traffic on local streets surrounding these key roads may also be affected. For full road closure details and real-time updates on closures and traffic conditions during the event please visit www.livetraffic.com.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS

“NO PARKING” signage will be in effect on key roads along the course in KiamaBerryRobertson and Jamberoo to provide additional lane capacity for the safety of the cyclists. “NO PARKING” zones will be in effect on Sunday 28 November 2021 at the following times and locations:

KIAMA

Kiama – From 1:00am to 4pm: 

  • Manning Street between Bong Bong St and Bonair St (southbound only)
  • Manning Street between Barney St and Bonair St (northbound only)

Kiama – From 1:00am to 8.30am:

  • Manning Street between Terralong St and Bong Bong St (southbound only)
  • Manning Street between Barney St and Terralong St (northbound only)
BERRY

Berry – From 5:00am to 9:30am: 

  • Queen Street between Prince Alfred St and Kangaroo Valley Road (both directions)
ROBERTSON

Robertson – From 5:00am to 2pm: 

  • Hoddle Street between Wallangunda St and Callong St (eastbound)
  • Hoddle Street between Main St and Wallangunda St (westbound)
JAMBEROO

Jamberoo – From 8:00am to 2.00pm: 

  • Churchill Street between Jamberoo Mountain Rd and Allowrie St (southbound)
  • Allowrie Street between Churchill Street and Jamberoo Road (eastbound)

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WHAT IS L'ÉTAPE AUSTRALIA BY TOUR DE FRANCE?

L’Étape Australia is the only official Tour de France event in Australia. It is open to riders of all abilities and provides cyclist with the closest experience to riding in the Tour de France an amateur can have.

At the front of the main peloton, there is an official Elite Wave sanctioned by NSW – AusCycling. The best cyclists in the country will come to Kiama, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands to compete in L’Étape Australia.

It is anticipated up to 6,000 people are expected to take part in the event (these numbers will be subject to the Public Health Orders in effect at the time of the event). Based on previous editions of L’Étape Australia, visitors generally spend two nights in the region.

WHEN AND WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November 2021. On Saturday 27 November, only the Event Village will operate. The Event Village is located in Coronation Park (Kiama). Sunday 28 November is the race day and both the Event Village and the Route will welcome riders and their supporters. The detailed route for The Race can be seen here.

Future editions of L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will take place on the last weekend in November each year.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WILL THE EVENT CREATE?

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will play an important role in generating a boost for the local economy.

We will promote the area via an important TVC campaign run on SBS throughout 2021. Additionally, commentators will promote the region during the telecast of the Tour de France.

There are also exhibition opportunities at a discounted rate for local businesses at the Event Village. If you would like to receive more information about this opportunity, please contact us at info@letapeaustralia.com.

WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT OF THE EVENT?

On Saturday 27 November, there will be no road closures affecting the region. There will be an important influx of visitors travelling to the region and visiting the Event Village. On Sunday 28 November, the route will have an impact on local traffic as the event is organised on fully closed roads. The traffic management plan for the event has been developed to take into account local residents and local businesses access – there are managed crossover and access points at designated locations along the course to maintain access where safe to do so while the event is underway.

See road closure details and maps at the top of this page.

There will also be “NO PARKING” zones in place in key areas of the course so check signs carefully.

Local residents and businesses are invited to provide their feedback and ask their question via email at community@letapeaustralia.com or to call us on (02) 8272 4580.

WILL THE EVENT IMPACT EMERGENCY SERVICES?

No, it won’t. L’Étape Australia work in collaboration with the RFS, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance and NSW Police to ensure emergency services can attend all 000 calls. The Event Command Centre on event day will be in liaison with 000 to ensure all emergencies are attended. Should an emergency vehicle be delayed by the event, L’Étape Australia will send their own paramedics onsite until NSW Ambulance arrive and take-over.

HOW WILL ANIMAL EMERGENCIES BE HANDLED?

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France will liaise with local vets to ensure local residents can be assisted in case there is an emergency with their animals. Vets will be provided with information and a contact number to call to request access to properties impacted by the event.

HOW DO YOU PROCESS LOCAL COMMUNITY FEEDBACK?

Local residents and local business owners are invited to send us their questions and suggestions via email at community@letapeaustralia.com or to call us on (02) 8272 4580.

When we receive suggestions that can safely be implemented, we amend our traffic management to ensure the impact of the event on local traffic is reduced as much as possible. Based on the feedback we received so far, the following elements have been amended:

  • Roadside signage will only advertise the hard closure times of the roads
  • One way access through Robertson and Jamberoo has been maintained
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

L’Étape Australia by Tour de France is committed to maintain a constant connection with local residents and local business owners to make sure everyone benefits from the event and has a good experience.

We are currently in the process of addressing every question, suggestion or query addressed to us via email. We will also circulate the local road closure map via a letterbox drop to ensure everyone has access to this information.

We will return to the region to do face to face meetings with the community when it is safe to do so.