Canberrans headed to and from the south coast have been told to be patient and to expect traffic delays of up to 30 minutes.
Traffic stalled around six kilometres from Batemans Bay on Monday afternoon, with overcast conditions and showers failing to dissuade holiday makers.
BATEMANS BAY: Heavy holiday traffic northbound, queues 6km. Allow 30 minutes extra time.— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) January 4, 2016
Transport NSW also warned motorists of heavy traffic on the Princes Highway near Nowra, with traffic reportedly queued for three kilometres, causing five-minute delays.
NOWRA: Traffic is heavy northbound on the #PrincesHwy due to holiday traffic. Queue is 4km— Live Traffic NSW (@LiveTrafficNSW) January 4, 201
Traffic delays are a common and frustrating experience for Canberrans headed to the coast during early January, despite bringing trade to many local businesses.
Staff at art galleries, retailers, cafes and restaurants in Braidwood are working seven-day rosters to make the most of holiday season trade, with many hoping to make up for quieter winter months.
Annie Clarke, vice-president of the Braidwood and Villages Tourism Association, said the annual summer exodus was a chance for Canberrans to discover the town and support local businesses.