Roads have been jammed for the long Easter weekend because motorists try to beat the holiday rest.
Holidaymakers set off early, hoping for a start to start on Thursday, but there were huge queues in most major cities mid-afternoon.
Commuters in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth were stuck trying to leave the city – with a number of crashes that couldn't help the cause.
A traffic accident in Roseville caused a stalemate in the north of Sydney with images of motorists standing completely still along a traffic artery
Sydney Airport was full of excited jet-setters who were getting ready to get away for the long weekend
It was a bad start for motorists in Melbourne prior to the long weekend, with a car accident of six cars that caused traffic chaos to the west of the city on Thursday morning.
Victoria gets an influx of traffic during the Easter weekend, and is described as one of the busiest periods on the way to the state.
Motorists leaving Melbourne have been urged to set off early on Friday to avoid the crowds.
Western Australia experienced some delay due to a crash on the Tonkin motorway.
One lane was closed while rescue teams cleared the scene. It has since been deleted.
Traffic jams caused the traffic in holiday hotspots in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast to slow down.
Australian Traffic Network reported delays from Eight Mile Plains to Loganholme on the Pacific Motorway due to the crash that was remedied at 12.30 pm.
Happy employees left early Thursday to get the most out of the long weekend
Jetsetters on their way to the long weekend may want to go to the airport with extra time left, because there are also reports of queues
Sydney was also hit by a number of incidents on the road on Thursday when commuters fled for a long-awaited break.
A crash in Roseville caused a stalemate in the north of Sydney, with images of motorists standing completely still along a traffic artery.
Transport NSW has issued a number of heavy traffic warnings, including the Pacific Highway in North Sydney.
A traffic incident with three cars in Macquarie Park at 4.24 pm on Thursday was also expected to affect the flow of traffic to North Sydney, motorists were encouraged to be careful.
Emergency services were at the scene of both incidents.
Sydney Central Station was packed with people on Thursday for the busy long weekend
Delays teased trains in Sydney on Thursday because enthusiastic holiday makers tried to set off early
People who were ready for the long weekend are waiting at Sydney Central Station on Thursday
Sydney train stations also faced long waiting times when the long weekend began.
Sydney Trains issued a statement to the public that passengers would warn that their journey would take longer than expected.
Major delays were noted on the T1, T2, T3, T4, T8, Blue Mountains, Central Coast & Newcastle Line and the South Coast Lines
& # 39; Frequent trains are still running, although travel times may be longer & # 39 ;, was the statement.
& # 39; Check the channel indicators and listen to announcements, as patterns that stop may change in the short term. Employees are working hard to restore the services to the schedule sequence. & # 39;
A five-vehicle crash in Hammondville, southwest of Sydney, also caused significant delays, while an four-vehicle incident caused delays on the M5 at Morrebank.
According to figures from Roads and Maritime Services, Easter Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22 will see most traffic jams on the roads.
Motorists traveling north from Sydney to Newcastle can wait an additional 20 minutes on Thursday, based on earlier information about Easter traffic.
For those going south, waiting times can vary from 10 to 20 minutes while they leave on Friday, the data suggest.
Unfortunately, the drive home may be even slower, as the data suggests that the waiting times in some areas can be up to 30 to 40 extra minutes.
Motorists are reminded that the long weekend yields double points, which started on Thursday.
Jetsetters who were on their way were warned to go to the airport with extra time left, because there were also reports of long queues.