Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
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The Pacific Highway section of A1 runs between Brunswick Heads and Hexham, and also between Wahroonga and the Gore Hill Freeway at Artarmon. The northern section between Brunswick Heads and Hexham is a mix of dual carriageway, rural highway and urban arterial roadway. The southern section between Wahroonga and Artarmon is urban arterial standard and passes through one of Sydney's more affluent areas.

The highway traces its origins back to an early settler, George Peat, who owned the land between the Hawkesbury River and Mooney Mooney Creek. To provide access to his property, Peat began a ferry service across the Hawkesbury River in 1844 and surveyed, then constructed a road between Hornsby and Kariong in 1854. After his death in 1870, the ferry service was abandoned and the road fell into disrepair, finally closing to all traffic in 1899, following the completion of the Sydney-Newcastle railway.

Demand for a route between Sydney and Newcastle dates back to the early 20th century. When the only access was via the sea or via a long route through the town of Wiseman's Ferry. In the 1920s, the then Main Roads Board undertook a series of surveys to form an easier and more reliable route north from Sydney. In 1928 construction began on upgrading the old road and converting it to a modern standard, plus creating a new route north, utilising some of the abandoned Peat's Ferry Rd, while improving the horizontal and vertical alignments. In May 1930 the ferry service across the Hawkesbury River was re-established to service the new road until such times that a bridge became necessary. June 1930 marked the completion of the concrete surfacing.

During the time of the Hornsby to Gosford contruction, improvements were made to roads between Gosford to Newcastle as part of the link. On May 17 in 1929, the route was named as the Great Northern Highway. The work from Hornsby to Gosford cost almost £1 million, however it was money well spent, reducing the trip from Sydney to Newcastle from 9 hours to 4 ½ hours.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Rainbow Flat approaching The Lakes Way (TD9) interchange, August 2016.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the junction with Fairford Rd at Fairford, October 2016.

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Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Fairford, October 2016.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Nabiac for Nabiac St, October 2016.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Nabiac for Nabiac St, October 2016.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Nabiac for Nabiac St, October 2016.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Nabiac for Nabiac St, October 2016.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Nabiac for Nabiac St, October 2016.

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Nabiac Street:
Pacific Hwy (A1) at the Nabiac St interchange at Nabiac, October 2016.

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Nabiac Street:
Pacific Hwy (A1) at the Nabiac St interchange at Nabiac, October 2016.

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Clarkson Street:
Pacific Hwy (A1) as it passes under Clarkson St at Nabiac, October 2016.

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Wallamba River:
Pacific Hwy (A1) as it crosses Wallamba River via Leslie "Mick" Weller Bridge at Nabiac, October 2016.

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Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Nabiac, October 2016.

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Click here for A1 between Urunga and Clybucca
Click here for A1 between Nabiac and Bulahdelah

1 Roads & Maritime Services.
2 Department of Main Roads, The Roadmakers, A History of Main Roads in New South Wales, ISBN 0 7240 0439 4.
3 Roads & Maritime Services, Projects, Pacific Highway upgrade, Hexham to Port Macquarie, Completed projects, Taree to Coopernook.
4 Roads & Maritime Services, Projects, Pacific Highway upgrade, Hexham to Port Macquarie, Completed projects, The Lakes Way interchange.
5 Roads & Maritime Services, Projects, Pacific Highway upgrade, Hexham to Port Macquarie, Completed projects, Coopernook Bypass.

Last updated: 09-May-2019 13:34

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