Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
Route Number   Newell Highway (National Highway 39) - Gilgandra to Coonabarabran (Decommissioned)

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General Information:

The Newell Highway is the longest highway in NSW, stretching from the Victorian border at Tocumwal to the Queensland border. It's the economic backbone for freight and livestock transporters, tourism operators, caravanners and holiday makers, emergency services, government, media and business owners. 2

The majority of the route is undivided roadway, with various overtaking sections where required.

The Newell Highway is named after HH Newell. He was the first commissioner for Main Roads in New South Wales. He passed away in 1941. 3 Prior to his appointment to the newly formed Main Roads Board on March 9, 1925, he was the District Engineer at the Wollongong branch of the Department of Public Works. 4

Multiplexes along the route include:

History:

Click here for construction photos betwen Gilgandra and Coonabarabran.

Gilgandra to Coonabarabran   Coonabarabran to Gilgandra
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Curban-Biddon Road:
Intersection directional sign assembly at the junction with Curban-Biddon Rd in Biddon, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign approaching Oxley Hwy (NR34) near Coonabarabran, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

Biddon-Bearbung Road:
Intersection directional sign at Biddon at the junction with Biddon-Bearbung Rd, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Oxley Hwy (NR34) near Coonabarabran, May 2011. Note the missing NR34 shield beside the NH39 shield. The NR34 duplex starts at this junction.

Image © Rob Tilley

Dooroombah Road:
Intersection directional signs at the Dooroombah Rd junction in Biddon, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the junction with Oxley Hwy (NR34) near Coonabarabran, May 2011. Note the incorrect NR39 shield (should be green and gold NH39) and the missing NR34 shield beside what should be a NH39 shield. The NR34 duplex starts at this junction.

Image © Rob Tilley

Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Tooraweenah approaching Coonamble-Tooraweenah Rd (TD1) and Tooraweenah-Mendooran Rd, July 2006.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Oxley Hwy (NR34) approaching Newell Hwy (NH39) near Coonabarabran, April 2005. Note the missing NR34 shield beside the NH39 shield. The NR34 duplex starts at this junction.

Image © Paul Rands

Services Sign:
Services sign at Tooraweenah approaching Coonamble-Tooraweenah Rd (TD1) and Tooraweenah-Mendooran Rd, July 2006.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Distance Sign:
RD sign at Coonabarabran, October 2004. Note the missing NR34 shield beside the NH39 shield.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Tooraweenah approaching Coonamble-Tooraweenah Rd (TD1) and Tooraweenah-Mendooran Rd, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Wide Load Sign:
Sign at Coonabarabran indicating the route for wide loads through the town centre, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

Coonamble-Tooraweenah Road & Tooraweenah-Mendooran Road:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) at the junction with Coonamble-Tooraweenah Rd (TD1) and Tooraweenah-Mendooran Rd in Tooraweenah, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

  Services Sign:
Services sign at Coonabarabran urging motorist to take a break in the town, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Coonamble-Tooraweenah Road & Tooraweenah-Mendooran Road:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) at the junction with Coonamble-Tooraweenah Rd (TD1) and Tooraweenah-Mendooran Rd in Tooraweenah, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

  Services Sign:
Services sign at Coonabarabran urging motorist to take a break in the town, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Distance Sign:
RD sign as Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) leaves Tooraweenah, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign for Dalgarno St (TD1) in Coonabarabran, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Hickeys Falls:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) at the junction with the Hickey Falls access road at Gowang, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for North St in Coonabarabran, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

Alphanumeric Intersection Directional Sign:
Alphanumeric ID sign at the junction with Hickeys Rd at Gowang, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  White Street:
Intersection directional sign at White St (TD2) in Coonabarabran, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

Alphanumeric Intersection Directional Sign:
Alphanumeric ID sign at the junction with Hickeys Rd at Gowang, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Trailblazer:
Trailblazer assembly near White St in Coonabarabran, May 2011. Click here for a photo from April 2005 of the original painted installation of these trailblazers.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Wattle Springs approaching Tannabar Rd & Mendooran Rd, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for Dalgarno St (TD1) in Coonabarabran, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Tannabar Road & Mendooran Road:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) at Wattle Springs at the junction with Tannabar Rd and Mendooran Rd, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Dalgarno St (non TD1 section) in Coonabarabran approaching Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34), November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

Distance Sign:
RD sign at Wattle Springs, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Memorial Clock:
Memorial clock located in the middle of the Dalgarno St (TD1) roundabout in Coonabarabran, April 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Wattle Spring approaching Warrumbungles Way, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign in Coonabarabran approaching Edwards St, May 2011. Click here for a photo from April 2005 of the original installation of this sign. Note the incorrect NR39 shield (should be green and gold NH39).

Image © Rob Tilley

Warrumbungles Way:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) at the intersection with Warrambungles Way at Wattle Springs, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Black Intersection Directional Sign:
Black ID sign in Coonabarabran at the junction with Edwards St, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Distance Sign:
RD sign near Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Tannabar approaching Warrumbungles Way, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Safe-T-Cam:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) at the Coonabarabran Safe-T-Cam, which monitors the movements of heavy vehicles, to ensure they're following various safety regulations, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Wattle Springs approaching Tannabar Rd & Mendooran Rd, May 2005. Note the missing NH39 and NR34 shields.

Image © Rob Tilley

Services Sign:
Services sign urging motorists to stop and rest in Coonabarabran, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

  Tannabar Road & Mendooran Road:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) at Wattle Springs at the junction with Tannabar Rd and Mendooran Rd, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

Entering Coonabarabran:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) as it enters the town of Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Distance Sign:
RD sign at Wattle Springs, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Black Advance Directional Sign:
Black AD sign in Coonabarabran approaching Edwards St, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Tooraweenah approaching Coonamble-Tooraweenah Rd (TD1) and Tooraweenah-Mendooran Rd, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Black Intersection Directional Sign:
Black ID sign in Coonabarabran at the junction with Edwards St, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Distance Sign:
RD sign as Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) leaves Tooraweenah, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Coonabarabran Town Centre:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) as it passes through the Coonabarabran town centre, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Advance Directional Signs:
Newer and old black advance directional signs approaching Dalgarno St (TD1) in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Memorial Clock:
Memorial clock located in the middle of the Dalgarno St (TD1) roundabout in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign assembly at the Dalgarno St (TD1) roundabout in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign assembly at the Dalgarno St (TD1) roundabout in Coonabarabran, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign approaching White St (TD2) in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for North St in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Black Advance Directional Sign:
Black AD sign approaching White St (TD2) in Coonabarabran, April 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
White Street:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) at the junction with White St (TD2) in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
North Street:
Intersection directional sign at the North St junction in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Trailblazer Assembly:
Trailblazer assembly past North St in Coonabarabran, November 2010. The NH34 shield should be a black on white NR34 shield.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign approaching the Oxley Hwy (NR34) split at Coonabarabran, November 2010. NH39 turns left at this junction, ending the NR34 duplex.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching the Oxley Hwy (NR34) split at Coonabarabran, October 2004. NH39 turns left at this junction, ending the NR34 duplex.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

     
Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the Oxley Hwy (NR34) split at Coonabarabran, April 2005. NH39 turns left at this junction, ending the NR34 duplex.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the Oxley Hwy (NR34) split at Coonabarabran, November 2010. NH39 turns left at this junction, ending the NR34 duplex.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Coonabarabran, April 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

     
Click here for the continuation of National Highway 39 between Coonabarabran and Moree
Click here for the continuation of National Highway 39 between Dubbo and Gilgandra

1 Roads and Traffic Authority, Schedule of Classified Roads and State & Regional Roads, 31 January 2011
2 Roads and Traffic Authority, Road Projects, Western Region, Newell Highway
3 Department of Main Roads, Main Roads of New South Wales brochure
4 Department of Main Roads, The Roadmakers, A History of Main Roads in New South Wales, ISBN0 7240 0439 4
5 Roads & Traffic Authority, Rules & Regulations, Newell Highway Reduced Speed Limit

Last updated: 11-Jul-2019 23:55

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