Road Photos & Information: Australian Capital Territory
Northbourne Avenue, Vernon Circle, Commonwealth Avenue, State Circle, Capital Circle, Canberra Avenue, Hume Place and Monaro Highway (National Route 23) - Acton to Fyshwick

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In the ACT, NR23 serves as the main connector route through suburban Canberra.

The route varies from multi-laned dual carriageway in the urban areas of North and South Canberra to rural highway further south of the city. It passes directly past Australia's Parliament House and other significant areas containing offices for the administration of the country. It also passes through suburban areas, industrial areas at Fyshwick and Hume, plus farming zones and bushland.

Between the spans on the southern side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge over Lake Burley Griffin, there's two granite stones from the 1817 Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames in London. These were presented to Australia after the 1817 Waterloo Bridge was demolished in the 1940s and replaced by a modern structure. A plaque reads, in part, "Stones such as these from the bridge were presented to Australia and other parts of the British world to further historic links in the British Commonwealth of Nations".

Multiplexes along the route include:

History:

Commonwealth Avenue:

State Circle:

Capital Circle:

Canberra Avenue:

Hume Place (Hume Circle):

Click here for photos of the old NR23 alignment along Sturt Avenue and Jerrabomberra Avenue.

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Commonwealth Avenue Bridge:
Commonwealth Av approaching Lake Burley Griffin at Acton, October 2007.

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  Entering South Canberra:
Canberra Avenue at Narrabundah as it enters the region of South Canberra, December 2009.

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King Edward Terrace Junction:
Corner of Commonwealth Av and King Edward Tce at Parkes, February 2010.

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  Nyrang Street Intersection:
Corner of Canberra Avenue and Nyrang Street in Narrabundah, December 2009.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Parkes, February 2010.

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  Dalby Street Junction:
Advance directional sign acting as an intersection directional sign at the junction with Dalby Street in Narrabundah, December 2009.

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Approaching Queen Victoria Terrace and Coronation Drive:
Inside the "Parliamentary Triangle" southbound, approaching the intersection with Queen Victoria Terrace and Coronation Drive, which is used for access to Yarralumla and parklands, which was once the workers town area of Westlake during the early days of construction of the capital. This area has restrictions on all forms of construction because of its important nature to the Nation. February 2010.

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  Approaching Hume Place:
AD sign approaching Hume Place - the corner of Canberra Av (NR23 / TD5), Wentworth Av and Sturt Av at Griffith, December 2009.

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Approaching State Circle:
Southbound at Parkes, approaching State Circle, Capital Hill and Parliament House, February 2010.

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  Trailblazer:
TD5 trailblazdr approaching Hume Place at Griffith. December 2009.

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Road Tunnel:
Southeastbound as you pass under Federation Mall on State Circle, February 2010.

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  Hume Place:
Hume Place - the corner of Canberra Av (NR23 / TD5), Wentworth Av and Sturt Av at Griffith, December 2009.

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Road Tunnel:
Southeastbound as you pass under Federation Mall on State Circle, February 2010.

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  Hume Place:
Hume Place - the corner of Canberra Av (NR23 / TD5), Wentworth Av and Sturt Av at Griffith, December 2009.

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Southbound Approaching Canberra Avenue:
Heading south near Barton & Capital Hill as you approach the turn for NR23 / Canberra Avenue, February 2010.

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  Cunningham & Barrallier Streets:
Looking southeast on Canberra Av in Grffith at the junction with Cunningham and Barrallier Street, December 2009.

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National Circuit Intersection:
Intersection directional sign at the corner of Canberra Avenue and National Terrace at Barton, February 2010.

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  Lefroy and Eyre Street Junction:
Canberra Avenue in Griffith at the junction with Eyre Street and Lefroy Street, December 2009.

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Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign on Canberra Avenue at Barton, February 2010.

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  Old Black Intersection Directional Signs:
Approaching the junction with, Manuka Circle, Captain Cook Crescent in Griffith, February 2010.

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Furneaux Street Intersection:
Manuka Circle approaching Furneaux Street at Barton, February 2010.

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  Captain Cook Crescent & Manuka Circle Junction:
Manuka Circle at the junction with Captain Cook Crescent in Griffith, December 2009.

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Flinders Way Junction:
Corner of Manuka Circle and Flinders Way in Griffith, June 2013.

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Captain Cook Crescent & Manuka Circle Junction:
Manuka Circle at the junction with Captain Cook Crescent in Barton, February 2010.

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  Flinders Way Junction:
Corner of Manuka Circle and Flinders Way in Griffith, December 2009.

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Captain Cook Crescent & Manuka Circle Junction:
Manuka Circle at the junction with Captain Cook Crescent in Barton, February 2010.

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  National Circuit Intersection:
Canberra Avenue in Forrest at National Circuit. December 2009. Note Parliament House and St Andrews Church in the distance.

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Captain Cook Crescent & Manuka Circle Junction:
Manuka Circle at the junction with Captain Cook Crescent in Barton, February 2010.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Canberra Av in Forrest, approaching State Circle and Capital Circle, December 2009.

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Old Black Intersection Directional Sign:
Old black ID sign at the Dawes Street junction in Griffith, February 2010.

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  State Circle Intersection:
Corner of Canberra Avenue, State Circle and Capital Circle in Forrest. December 2009.

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Cunningham & Barrallier Streets:
Looking southeast on Canberra Av in Grffith at the junction with Cunningham and Barrallier Street, February 2010.

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  State Circle Intersection:
Corner of Canberra Avenue, State Circle and Capital Circle in Forrest. December 2009.

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Cunningham & Barrallier Streets:
Looking southeast on Canberra Av in Grffith at the junction with Cunningham and Barrallier Street, February 2010.

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  Old Black Directional Sign:
AD sign as you approach Canberra Avenue on State Circle (ACT TD5 section) at Forrest. One of Canberra's oldest buildings is located in the distance: St Andrews Presbyterian Chuch. July 2006.

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Hume Place:
Hume Place - the corner of Canberra Av (NR23 / TD5), Wentworth Av and Sturt Av at Griffith, December 2009.

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  Approaching Brisbane Avenue:
Heading north near the junction with Brisbane Avenue. Capital Hill is on the left of the road and the suburb of Barton is on the right, December 2009.

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Hume Place:
Hume Place - the corner of Canberra Av (NR23 / TD5), Wentworth Av and Sturt Av at Griffith, December 2009.

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  Tourist Drive 6 Trailblazer:
TD6 (now defunct) trailblazer on Capital Hill near the junction with Brisbane Avenue, December 2009.

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Hume Place:
Hume Place - the corner of Canberra Av (NR23 / TD5), Wentworth Av and Sturt Av at Griffith, December 2009.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Kings Avenue (TD5) at Capital Hill. December 2009.

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Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign on Canberra Avenue, near McMillan Cr at Fyshwick, February 2010.

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  End Tourist Drive 6:
End TD6 (now defunct) trailblazer on Capital Hill near the junction with Brisbane Avenue, December 2009.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Dalby Street at Fyshwick, June 2013. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2009.

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  Federation Mall Overpass:
State Circle approaching the Federation Mall overpass on Capital Hill. December 2009.

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Nyrang Street Junction:
Corner of Canberra Av and Nyrang St in Fyshwick, December 2009.

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  Commonwealth Avenue Overpass:
Advance directional sign near the Commonwealth Av overpass at Capital Hill, December 2009.

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Hand Painted Speed Limit Sign:
Old hand painted 80 km/h speed limit sign on Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick. December 2009.

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  Commonwealth Avenue On Ramp:
Intersection directional sign on the ramp from State Circle to Commonwealth Avenue, on Capital Hill, December 2009.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick, approaching Monaro Highway (ALT-NR23, NR23 / TD5) and Ipswich Street. February 2010.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for the Flynn Drive intersection on State Circle, as viewed from the Commonwealth Avenue on ramp. December 2009.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign on Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick, at the junction with Monaro Highway (ALT-NR23, NR23 / TD5) and Ipswich Street. February 2010.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Queen Victoria Terrace and Coronation Drive in Yarralumla. October 2013.

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Monaro Highway Interchange:
The interchange with Monaro Hwy (ALT-NR23, NR23 / TD5) at Fyshwick, December 2009.

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  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the junction with the Hyatt Hotel, near Kaye Street in Yarralumla, December 2009.

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      Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Kaye Street in Yarralumla, December 2009.

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      Kaye Street Junction:
Corner of Commonwealth Av and Kaye St in Yarralumla, December 2009.

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      Commonwealth Avenue Bridge:
Approaching Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Yarralumla, December 2009.

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Click here for the continuation of NR23 between Fyshwick and Gilmore
Click here for the continuation of NR23 between Downer & Acton

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