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08 May 2020
NorthConnex lights the way with beautiful and innovative tunnel design

In an Australian first, backlit silhouettes of native birds, trees and starry skies will feature in motorists’ journeys as they travel through NorthConnex.
The innovative lighting project – recently featured in The Sunday Telegraph and seen on TV news – will provide stunning visual interest for road users as they travel through the nine kilometre tunnel.
The project was informed by a research partnership between the Australian and NSW governments, Transurban, Austroads and UNSW.
Transport’s team has drawn inspiration from similar tunnels in Sweden, and balanced the need to keep drivers alert but not distracted.
At the entrance portals, motorists will pass swooping flocks of native Australian bird silhouettes resembling eagles, cockatoos, galahs, and lorikeets – manufactured by a business near Bathurst.
The northbound tunnel will include backlit forest silhouettes, reflecting the journey to Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.


The southbound tunnel will include starscape and speedlines lighting displays.


For more information on NorthConnex visit


To read more on developments in Sydney visit the MySydney home page.

NorthConnex Birds

NorthConnex Blue tiles

NorthConnex White lines

NorthConnex Star Scape

NorthConnex White Trees

NorthConnex Entrance