Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
Sturt Highway (National Highway 20) - Hay to NSW-Vic Border (Decommissioned)

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The Sturt Highway is 2 lane rural highway standard for most of its length and is named after Charles Sturt, who explored south western New South Wales, the Murrumbidgee and Murray rivers and also parts of the deserts of central Australia in the 1820s and 1830s. 1

The present Sturt Highway developed as a track along the bank of the Murrumbidgee River linking cattle runs in the 1840s. 1

Originally the area of the route was the territory of the Wiradjuri Aboriginal people, in whose language Wagga Wagga means 'place of crows'. 1

The Sturt Hwy is multiplexed with the following routes:

History: 1

Victoria Border to Hay Hay to Victoria Border
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Black Reassurance Directional Sign:
Black distance sign with additional panel added later, Euston, after Murray Valley Hwy (NR16), 2001.

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Approaching Maude & Moulamein Road:
Travelling southwest at Maude as you approach the intersection with Maude and Moulamein Roads. December 2007.

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    Distance Sign:
Looking southwest after the Maude and Moulamein Roads intersection at Maude. December 2007.

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    Safe-T-Cam:
Used for monitoring heavy vehicle movements, this is the Balranald Safe-T-Cam. December 2007.

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    AD Sign:
Advance directional sign approaching Tooleybuc Road at Balranald, December 2007.

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    Tourist Sign:
Tourist orientated sign welcoming visitors to the Balranald / Mungo area, December 2007.

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    Distance Sign:
RD sign after the Tooleybuc Road intersection at Balranald. December 2007.

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    Murrumbidgee River:
Crossing the Murrumbidgee River as you enter the Balranald town centre, December 2007.

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    Entering Balranald:
Corner of Sturt Highway (McCabe Street) near the Court Street intersection at Balranald, December 2007.

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    Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on McCabe St (Sturt Hwy) as you approach Market Street. The Sturt Hwy follows Market street through the Balranald CBD, December 2007.

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    Market Street Intersection:
Looking northeast as the Sturt Hwy turns left through the town centre of Balranald, December 2007.

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    Balranald Town Centre:
Looking northwest through the Balranald town centre, December 2007.

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    Approaching Mayall St:
Advance directional sign for the Mayall Street intersection in Balranald, December 2007.

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    RD Sign:
Distance sign as the Sturt Hwy leaves Balranald. December 2007.

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    Services Sign:
Services sign as you approach the town of Euston. December 2007.

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    Advance Directional Sign:
Looking southwest as you approach the Murray Valley Hwy (NSW NR16 / Vic B400) intersection at Euston. December 2007.

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    Murray Valley Hwy Intersection:
Looking southwest through the intersection with the Murray Valley Highway at Euston. December 2007.

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    Distance Sign:
RD as you head southwest after the Murray Valley Highway intersection at Euston, December 2007. Click here for a photo of this location by Jamie Scuglia from 2001 showing a black distance sign.

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    Welcome to Euston:
Council wall announcing the town of Euston, December 2007.

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    Advance Directional Sign:
Southbound at Euston, approaching Murray Terrace and Carey Street. December 2007.

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    Murray Terrace and Carey Street Roundabout:
Westbound ID signage and exit from the Murray Terrace and Carey Street roundabout at Euston, December 2007. Note the missing arrow.

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    Reassurance Sign:
A rare reassurance marker in the Euston town centre, December 2007.

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    Distance Sign:
Westbound RD sign as you leave Euston, December 2007.

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    Mallee Fowl Warning Sign:
Warning sign for the possibility of Mallee Fowl on the road near Euston, December 2007.

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    End 110 Zone Ahead Signs:
Unusal sign warning of the upcoming end of the 110 km/h speed limit at Monak, December 2007.

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    Tourist Sign:
Victorian style tourist sign as you approach the town of Monak, on the Murray River, December 2007.

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    Entering Monak:
Sign announcing the town of Monak, looking northwest. December 2007.

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    Monak Town Centre:
Looking northwest through the town of Monak. December 2007.

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    Advance Directional Sign:
Westbound approaching the roundabout with Silver City Hwy (NH79) at Buronga. December 2007.

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    ID Sign:
Intersection directional sign on the roundabout with Silver City Highway (NR79) at Buronga. December 2007.

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    Distance Sign:
Last distance sign on the NSW section of the Sturt Highway, southbound at Buronga, approaching the Murray River, 2004.

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    Approaching Murray River:
Southbound as you approach the George Chaffey Bridge over the Murray River, December 2007.

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    George Chaffey Bridge:
Crossing the Murray River via the George Chaffey Bridge at Buronga. December 2007. The bridge was built in 1985 according to the Roads and Traffic Authority. Before a bridge over the river was built, a punt was the only way across the Murray River until 1924 when a bridge with a lift span was built just upstream, linking with the railhead which connected Mildura to Melbourne. There was no need for a railway bridge since the New South Wales system did not go further southwest than Hay. The 1924 bridge was demolished in 1981 when the present bridge was erected at the same place. The bridge is 331m long and 9.8m wide. George Chaffey and his brother William were responsible for several irrigation projects in Australia and settlement of the towns of Renmark and Mildura. 1

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Click here for the continuation of the Sturt Highway as NH-A20 into Victoria
Click here for the continuation of the Sturt Highway (NH20) from Hay to Tarcutta

1 Roads and Traffic Authority

Last updated: 11-Jul-2019 23:15

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