Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
  Hume Highway (National Highway 31) - Goulburn To Yass (Decommissioned)

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The Hume Highway is one of Australia's most vital highway links. Providing access between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's 2 largest cities. The National Highway section of the Hume Highway consists of almost 100% dual carriageway road, either rural expressway or motorway standard. Works to duplicate small sections of highway that are not dual carriageway are well underway.

In NSW, the highway in one form or another started life as the Great South Road, linking Sydney with the southern highlands and eventually beyond. The highway was named in 1928 after Hamilton Hume (1797-1873), a famous explorer in the early 19th century who, in 1824, in conjunction with William Hovell first found an overland route between Sydney and the infant colonial outpost of Port Phillip, the original name of Melbourne.

NH31 is the main freight and commuter route between Sydney and Melbourne and has gone through a massive amount of transformation over the past 30 or so years, with many towns being bypassed along its route as well and gradual upgrades to motorway standards. Since the 1960s, the road has either been duplicated, where alignments allow for it, and also large deviations have also been part of the upgrade process.

The route around the Mittagong area averages around 16,000 vehicles every day, in other sections the number drops off a little or closer to Sydney increases.1

The route forms the Remembrance Driveway which honours war veterans, click here for the Remembrance Driveway web site.

Here are some interesting statistics on the Hume Highway: 2

History:

Click here for photos of the former alignments between Goulburn and Yass

Goulburn to Yass   Yass to Goulburn
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Run O' Waters Creek:
Crossing Run O' Waters Creek via Futton's Crossing at Run O' Waters. December 2007.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Hume Hwy (NH31) at Yarra for the U-turn bay to access the Federal Hwy (NH23) interchange, June 2013. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2009.

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RD Sign:
Distance signage after Run O' Waters Creek at Run O' Waters, December 2009. Click here for a photo of the previous sign from December 2007.

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  U-Turn Bay:
Hume Hwy (NH31) at Yarra at the U-turn bay to access the Federal Hwy (NH23) interchange, June 2013. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2009.

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Tourist RD Sign:
Southbound sign at Yarra denoting you're in Capital Country and indicating distances to major tourist destinations in the area, December 2009. Click here for a photo of the previous sign from December 2007.

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  Distance Sign:
RD sign after the Federal Hwy (NH23) interchange at Yarra, June 2013. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2009.

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Old South Road:
Hume Hwy (NH31) at Yarra at the junction of Old South Rd (former Hume Hwy alignment), December 2009.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign for the French VC Rest Area, Yarra, December 2009.

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AD Sign:
Southbound advance directional sign indicating the exit for the Federal Highway (NH23) at Yarra, near Coles Lane. January 2010.

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Tourist RD Sign:
Northbound sign at Yarra, near Coles Lane, denoting you're in Capital Country and indicating distances to major tourist destinations in the area, December 2009.

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Tourist Supplemental AD Sign:
Southbound near Bakers Lane and approaching the Federal Highway interchange at Yarra, this sign is for the numerous wineries around Gundaroo, Bungendore and surrounds, January 2010.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign for the French VC Rest Area, Yarra, December 2009.

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AD Sign:
Southbound advance directional sign indicating the exit for the Federal Highway (NH23) at Yarra. January 2010. Click here for a photo of the previous sign from December 2007.

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  French VC Rest Area:
Hume Hwy (NH31) at Yarra at the junction with French VC Rest Area (and Old South Rd), December 2009.

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Supplemental AD Sign:
Directional sign at Yarra for Southbound traffic heading to Canberra and Cooma via the Federal Highway, January 2010.

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  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Yarra for the Hume St and Sydney Rd interchanges, December 2009.

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AD Signs:
Southbound advance directional signs just before the turn lane for the Federal Highway interchange at Yarra, January 2010. These have since been removed

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  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Yarra for the Hume St interchange, December 2009.

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Federal Hwy Interchange:
Southbound at the Federal Highway interchange at Yarra, October 2010. Click here for a photo of the previous sign from December 2009.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Yarra for the Hume St (former Hume Hwy) interchange, December 2009.

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Federal Hwy Overpass:
Southbound as the Federal Hwy (NH23) passes over the Hume Hwy at Yarra, December 2009.

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  Services Sign:
Services sign incorporating tourism panel at Run O' Waters, approaching the Hume St interchange, December 2009.

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Distance Sign:
Southbound after the Federal Highway interchange at Wollogorang, December 2009.

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  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Run O' Waters for the Hume St interchange, December 2009.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for the intersection with Cullerin Road, the former alignment of the Hume Hwy. Southbound at Wollogorang. December 2009.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Run O' Waters for the Hume St interchange, December 2009.

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Cullerin Road Intersection:
Looking through the intersection with Cullerin Road at Wollogorang. Southbound, December 2009. Click here for a photo of the previous sign from December 2007.

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  Bypassed Town Sign:
Sign at Run O' Waters indicating access to the bypassed town of Goulburn, June 2013. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2009.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for the Collector Road interchange at Gunning. Southbound, December 2009. Click here for a photo of the previous sign from December 2007.

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Services Sign:
Signage for services on offer in Gunning. Southbound, December 2007.

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Supplemental AD Sign:
Sign indicating the large number of destinations available from the Collector Road interchange at Gunning. Southbound, December 2009.

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Advance Exit Sign:
Sign for the Collector Road interchange at Gunning. Southbound, December 2009. Click here for a photo of the previous sign from December 2007.

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Bypassed Town Sign:
Sign indicating access to the bypassed town of Gunning, December 2009.

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Collector Road Interchange:
Approaching Collector Road interchange at Gunning. Southbound, December 2009.

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Collector Road Interchange:
Looking through the Collector Road interchange at Gunning. Southbound, December 2007.

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Gunning Road:
Hume Hwy (NH31) as it passes under Gundaroo Rd at Gunning, December 2009.

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Distance Sign:
RD sign at Gunning. Southbound, December 2009.

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Next Services Sign:
Sign at Gunning indicating the next town with services such as fuel and food. Southbound, December 2009.

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Services Sign:
Services sign at Oolong for the Mundoonan Rest Area driver reviver, December 2009.

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Services Sign:
Services sign at Oolong for the Mundoonan Rest Area, December 2009.

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Services Sign:
Services sign at Oolong for the Mundoonan Rest Area, December 2009.

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Mundoonan Rest Area:
Hume Hwy at Oolong at the interchange with Mundoonan Rest Area, December 2009.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Jerrawa approaching Lade Vale Rd and Jerrawa Rd, December 2009.

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Lade Vale Road & Jerrawa Road:
Hume Hwy (NH31) at the junction with Lade Vale Rd and Jerrawa Rd in Jerrawa, December 2009.

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Supplemental AD sign:
Signage indicating access to the town of Yass. Southbound, December 2007.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for the the Barton Highway (NH25) interchange at Yass. Southbound, December 2007.

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Supplemental AD Sign:
Supplemental AD sign as you approach the Barton Hwy interchange at Yass. Southbound, December 2007.

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Historic Town and Services Sign:
Sign indicating the historical significance of Yass and also the services on offer. Southbound, December 2007.

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Tourism AD Sign:
Supplemental AD sign for tourist attractions as you approach the Barton Hwy interchange at Yass. Southbound, December 2009.

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Advance Directional Sign:
Diagrammatic AD sign for the Barton Hwy interchange at Yass. Southbound, December 2009.

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Bypassed Town Sign:
Sign indicating the bypassed town of Yass. Southbound, December 2009.

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Barton Highway Exit:
Signage indicating the interchange for Barton Hwy at Yass. Southbound, December 2009.

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Barton Hwy Interchange:
Overpass at the Barton Highway interchange at Yass. Southbound, December 2007.

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Distance Sign:
RD sign located after the Barton Hwy interchange at Yass. Southbound, November 2010.

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Yellow Creek Road:
The Hume Hwy as it passes under Yellow Ck Rd at Yass. Southbound, December 2007.

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Yass Junction Road:
Hume Hwy as it passes over Yass Junction Road at Yass. Southbound, December 2007.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD services sign for the Yass Service Centre, November 2010.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for Yass Valley Way (former Hume Hwy) at Yass. Southbound, December 2007.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for Yass Valley Way (former Hume Hwy) at Yass. Southbound, November 2010. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2007.

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Yass Valley Way Interchange:
Heading into the interchange with Yass Valley Way at Yass. Southbound, November 2010.

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Yass Valley Way & Yass Service Centre:
Lane allocation signage at Yass near the service centre. Southbound, December 2007.

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Service Centre Entrance:
ID signage as you enter the service centre at Yass from Yass Valley Way. Southbound, December 2007.

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Intersection Directional Signs:
ID signs facing traffic re-entering Yass Valley Way from the service centre at Yass. Southbound, December 2007.

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Supplemental AD Sign:
Supplemental advance directional sign as you approach the interchange with the Hume Hwy at Yass from Yass Valley Way. Southbound, December 2007.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at the Yass Valley Way / Hume Highway interchange at Yass. Southbound, December 2007.

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Lane Allocation Signs:
Sign gantry indicating which lanes are for which ramps to the Hume Hwy. Southbound at Yass, August 2011. Click here for a photo of this loction by Paul Rands from December 2007.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign for the Melbourne bound ramp at Yass Valley Way / Hume Highway interchange at Yass. Southbound, December 2007.

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Click here for the continuation of Hume Hwy (NH31) between Yass and Coolac
Click here for the contination of Hume Hwy (NH31) between Goulburn and Sutton Forest

1 Roads and Traffic Authority
2 Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
3 Department of Main Roads. The Roadmakers, A History of Main Roads in New South Wales, ISBN 0 7240 0439 4

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