Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
Great Western Highway, Mitchell Highway & Barrier Highway (National Route 32) - Dubbo to Wellington (Decommissioned)

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National Route 32 is the main route linking the New South Wales state capital, Sydney, with the west of the state. The road varies from arterial road conditions, rural expressway and rural highway.

The Mitchell Highway links north-western NSW with Dubbo, Bathurst and eventually Sydney.

The highway starts at Bathurst as National Route 32 and heads west through the Great Dividing Range to Orange then continues north through Molong, Wellington and Dubbo. From Dubbo, the highway follows the Bourke railway line in a north-westerly direction to Nyngan. The highway's route number changes to NR71 (after the Barrier Highway junction at Nyngan), and then it continues north-west to Bourke and terminates at the QLD border, just north of Barringun.

The Mitchell Highway is named after Major Thomas Mitchell, who was Surveyor-General of New South Wales in the 1820s and explored much of inland New South Wales and Victoria.

History:

Wellington to Dubbo Dubbo to Wellington
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Entering Wellington:
Mitchell Hwy as it enters the Wellington areas, July 2006, approaching the Wellington Caves turnoff.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the roundabout with Newell Hwy (NH39) at West Dubbo, November 2011.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for Wellington Caves intersection, July 2006.

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Macquarie River:
Looking southeast on the LH Ford Bridge over the Macquarie River in West Dubbo. It opened to traffic on the 29th September 1969, at the time it was the 4th longest road bridge in NSW. November 2011.

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Wellington Caves Intersection:
Looking north at Wellington, July 2006

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Macquarie St, Dubbo, November 2011.

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Tourism Sign:
Looking north approaching Wellington-Stuart Town Road, Jul 2006.

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Macquarie Street:
Mitchell Hwy (NR32) at Macquarie St, Dubbo, November 2011.

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AD Sign:
Advance directional sign approaching Wellington-Stuart Town Road at Wellington, July 2006.

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AD Sign:
Advance directional sign on Darling Street (former Newell Hwy) approaching Mitchell Hwy, Dubbo. November 2011.

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Distance Sign:
Sign indicating distances to upcoming centres, northbound after Wellington-Stuart Town Road in Wellington, July 2006.

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ID Sign:
intersection directional sign on the corner of Darling Street (former Newell Hwy) and Mitchell Hwy. November 2011.

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Entering Town Area:
Speed limit drops to 50, as you enter Wellington's main area. July 2006.

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ID Sign:
intersection directional sign on the corner of Darling Street (former Newell Hwy) and Mitchell Hwy. November 2011.

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Advance Directional Sign:
NR32 as it approaches Maughan Street in Wellington, July 2006.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Apsley approaching Burrendong Way, December 2012.

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ID Sign:
Intersection directional sign as you travel through the Maughan St intersection, Wellington, July 2006.

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Rest Area Distance Sign:
Rest area reassurance directional sign at Larras Lee, December 2012.

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Old Meets New:
Westbound on Showground Rd (NR32) with this old black sign and brand new alphanumeric sign, July 2006.

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Alphanumeric Sign Assembly :
Another alphanumeric sign on the corner of Showground Road (Mitchell Hwy), Renshaw-McGirr Way and Percy Street in Wellington, July 2006.

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Wellington CBD:
Passing through the Wellington shopping precinct, northbound, July 2006.

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Macquarie River:
Macquarie Bridge in Wellington as it passes over the Macquarie River, July 2006.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Montefiores approaching Goolma Road, July 2006.

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RD Sign:
Distance sign at Montefiores after the Goolma Road junction, July 2006.

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AD Sign:
Northbound AD sign as you Dunedoo Road at Montefiores, July 2006.

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Dunedoo Road Intersection:
Heading northwest at Montefiores, July 2006.

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110km/h zone:
Speed limit increases to 110 km/h here at Maryvale, July 2006.

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Maryvale:
Heading northwest as you enter Maryvale, July 2006.

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Dunedoo Road Fingerboard:
ID signage at Maryvale showing access to Dunedoo Road, July 2006.

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Maryvale Town Centre:
Looking northwest in the town of Geurie, July 2006.

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Mitchell St Intersection :
ID sign assembly on the corner of Mitchell Street in Geurie. July 2006.

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AD Sign :
Advance directional sign approaching Beni St in Wongabon, July 2006.

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Typical Conditions :
Looking northwest on one of the many long and straight sections of the highway, July 2006 at Wongabon.

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AD Sign:
Advance directional sign at Orana Heights (in Dubbo) approaching Wheeler Street, July 2006. This sign is somewhat recent (say in the last 5 or so years) and is badly peeling.

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Entering Dubbo:
The Mitchell Hwy gains divided roadway as it enters Dubbo. July 2006.

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Milepost:
Old mile post (repositioned), near Sterling St, Dubbo, April 2012..

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AD Sign:
Westbound approaching Fitzroy Street in Dubbo, July 2006. Local name for Mitchell Hwy through town is Cobra St.

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ID Sign:
Westbound intersection directional sign on the roundabout with Fitzroy Street in Dubbo, April 2012.

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Darling Street intersection:
Mitchell Hwy (NR32) at the junction with Darling St (former NR39) at Dubbo. July 2006.

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Alphanumeric Intersection Directional Sign:
Alphanumeric ID sign at the junction of Mitchell Hwy (NR32) and Darling St in Dubbo, August 2008.

Image © Richard Wardle

Macquarie River:
Looking northwest approaching the 2013 feet long, 2 lane, 28 span, prestressed concrete bridge over the Macquarie River in Dubbo. It opened to traffic on the 29th September 1969, at the time it was the 4th longest road bridge in NSW. July 2006.

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Road Train Sign:
Road train sign near Dubbo on the Mitchell Hwy, March 2007.

Image © Mitchell Oliver

Click here for the continuation of NR32 between Wellington and Molong
Click here for the continuation of NR32 between Nyngan and Dubbo

1 Roads and Traffic Authority, Schedule of Classified Roads (and unclassified Regional Roads), 25 February 2008
2 Department of Main Roads. The Roadmakers, A History of Main Roads in New South Wales, ISBN 0 7240 0439 4
3 Roads & Traffic Authority, Community update, Road activity update – Western NSW, February 2003.

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