Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
Great Western Highway, Mitchell Highway & Barrier Highway (National Route 32) - Springwood to Glenbrook (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 highway is signposted as National Route 32 from Glenbrook in Sydney's west, to its terminus at Bathurst. Great Western Hwy is signposted as SR44 in the sydney area.

The Great Western Highway is regarded as one of the oldest roads in Australia. Starting as George Street in the Sydney CBD, and following Parramatta Road, it heads west across metropolitan Sydney to Penrith, where it crosses the Nepean River. It then crosses the Blue Mountains and the Great Dividing Range to Bathurst.

The road across the Blue Mountains was built by William Cox in the 1800s shortly after a viable route across the mountains was discovered. An obelisk at Macquarie Place in Sydney records the construction of the road during the rule of Governor Lachlan Macquarie.

In the 90s, the highway was terminated at Emu Plains with the closure of the Knapsack Gully Viaduct. An extension to the Western Mwy (Metroad 4) at Emu Plains was constructed, which rejoined with the highway at Glenbrook. The upper portion of the Great Western Highway from Russell Street is now only used by residents and cars coming from Blaxland via Mitchells Pass. Mitchells Pass is section of the former main road over the Blue Mountains.

History:

Click here for photos of the former NR32 route from Glenbrook to Emu Plains.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Governors Drive at Lapstone, July 2006.

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AD Sign:
Advance Directional Sign for the Springwood CBD. December 2005.

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Start National Route 32:
The eastern-most extremity of NR32, at Lapstone, July 2006.

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Winmalee and Richmond Turn-off:
Advance Directional Signage for the the Winmalee & Richmond turn-off. The road this sign is refering to is called George Street, which connects to Silva Road before joining up with Haweksbury Road via a roundabout, so therefore this sign is technically incorrect. December 2005.

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Governors Drive Interchange:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) at the Governors Dr interchange at Glenbrook, April 2010.

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Hawkesbury Road Interchange:
The Hawkesbury Road (George Street / Silva Road) interchange consists of an at-grade intesection on the western side of the overpass and a grade separated slip lane on the eastern side. December 2005.

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Flashing Warning Sign:
Flashing warning sign at Glenbrook, November 2011.

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Valley Heights:
Looking east though Valley Heights near The Avenue, December 2005.

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Entering Glenbrook:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) entering Glenbrook town centre, December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location by Rob Tilley from November 2011.

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Distance Sign:
RD Sign as you leave Valley Heights as you head towards Sydney, December 2005.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Ross St at Glenbrook, November 2011.

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Entering Warrimoo:
Turn off to Sun Valley Drive & Railway Pde as you head south into Warrimoo. December 2005.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Ross St at Glenbrook, November 2011.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign facing Railway Pde at Warrimoo, November 2010.

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Ross Street:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) at Ross St, Glenbrook, December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location by Rob Tilley from November 2010.

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Slip Lane to Warrimoo Shops:
Eastbound at Warrimoo neat the turn off that travels under the highway via Eley Hawkins Drive to access the Warrimoo shopping strip. December 2005.

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Headlights Sign:
Sign promoting the safety benefits of driving with headlights on during the day, Glenbrook, November 2010.

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Entering Blaxland:
Southbound as you enter the Blaxland area. December 2005.

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Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign at Glenbrook, November 2011. Click here for a photo from November 2010 by Rob Tilley of the previous sign.

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Blaxland Town Centre:
Heading southwest through Blaxland near the railway station as you pass under Doctor George Munro Bridge. December 2005.

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Entering Blaxland:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) as it enters the town of Blaxland, December 2012.

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Layton Avenue & Hope Street Intersection:
Southbound at Blaxland. December 2005.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Kidman St, Glenbrook, November 2011.

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Fletcher Street Overpass:
Southeast through Glenbrook, December 2005.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Hope St & Layton Av, Blaxland, November 2011.

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Approaching Mann & Hare Streets:
Eastbound through Glenbrook, December 2005.

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Hope Street & Layton Avenue:
ID sign at Hope St and Layton Av in Blaxland, November 2011.

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AD Sign:
Advance directional sign for Ross Street and the Glenbrook shopping precinct, December 2005.

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Hope Street & Layton Avenue:
ID sign at Hope St and Layton Av in Blaxland, November 2010.

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Lapstone Hill Descent:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) at Glenbrook as it descends Lapstone Hill. December 2005.

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Blaxland:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) in the Blaxland town centre, November 2011.

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Approaching Governors Drive Interchange:
Inbound at Glenbrook, December 2005. This is where NR32 ends and becomes Metroad 4.

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Doctor George Munro Bridge:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) as it passes under Dr George Munro Bridge at Blaxland, December 2012.

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Entering Warrimoo:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) as it enters the town of Warrimoo, November 2010.

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Warrimoo:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) in the Warrimoo town centre, November 2011.

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AW Bewley Bridge:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) as it passes under the AW Bewley Bridge at Warrimoo, December 2012.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching local service road in Warrimoo to Railway Pde, November 2010.

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Entering Valley Heights:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) entering the town of Valley Heights, November 2011.

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Valley Heights:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) passing through Valley Heights, November 2011.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Macquarie Rd, which provides access to Springwood CBD and Hawkesbury Rd, November 2011.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Macquarie Rd, which provides access to Springwood CBD and Hawkesbury Rd, November 2011. Click here for a photo from November 2010 by Rob Tilley of the previous sign.

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Entering Springwood:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) entering Springwood, November 2011.

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Macquarie Road:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) at Macquarie Rd, Springwood, November 2010.

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Hawkesbury Road:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) passing under Long Tan Bridge, which carries Hawkesbury Rd, Springwood, November 2011.

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Distance Sign:
RD sign at Springwood, November 2011. Click here for a photo from November 2010 by Rob Tilley of the previous sign.

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Ferguson Road:
Great Western Hwy (NR32) at Ferguson Rd in Springwood, November 2010.

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Click here for the Great Western Highway as State Route 44
Click here for the Western Motorway (Metroad 4)
Click here for the continuation of National Route 32 between Springwood and Katoomba

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, Projects, Great Western Highway, Completed projects

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