Route Number Oxley Highway (National Route 34) - Gilgandra to Coonabarabran (Decommissioned)

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National Route 34 is a rural highway that connects the coast with western New South Wales. It features several important towns along the route, and also crosses the Great Dividing Range.

The route is mostly single carriageway and undivided, except around Port Macquarie, Moonbi and Tamworth. At its eastern end, the route is quite windy because of the difficult terrain created by the Great Dividing Range, beyond Moonbi, the route generally passes through fairly flat terrain, except in the Coonabarabran area.

The Oxley Highway is named after explorer John Oxley, who was the first European to explore much of inland New South Wales in 1818. He crossed the southern end of the northern tableland and camped on the Apsley River in 1818 near the present Walcha.

Multiplexes along the route include:

History:

Click here for construction photos betwen Gilgandra and Coonabarabran.

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Black Advance Directional Sign:
Black AD sign approaching the terminus of National Route 55 (Castlereagh Hwy (Miller St)) on the Oxley Highway (Warren Rd) at Gilgandra. May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Rob Tilley

Black Intersection Directional Sign:
Signage on the junction with the Castlereagh & Oxley Highways at Gilgandra. May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Black Advance Directional Sign:
Black AD sign on Castlereagh Hwy (Miller St) (NR55) approaching the Oxley Highway (Warren Rd) (NR34) at Gilgandra. May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Castlereagh Hwy (Miller St) (NR55) approaching the Oxley Highway (Warren Rd) (NR34) at Gilgandra. April 2012. Click here for a photo of this location by Rob Tilley from May 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

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

Image © Rob Tilley

Intersection Directional Sign:
Signage on the junction with the Castlereagh & Oxley Highways at Gilgandra. April 2012. Click here for a photo of this location by Rob Tilley from May 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

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

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
Black AD sign on Oxley Highway (NR34) at Gilgandra approaching Newell Hwy (NH39). April 2012. The NH39 duplex starts at this junction. Click here for a photo of this location by Rob Tilley from May 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

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

Image © Rob Tilley

Intersection Directional Sign:
Signage at the junction with the Newell Highway (NH39) at Gilgandra. April 2012. Click here for a photo of this location by Rob Tilley from May 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Intersection Directional SIgn:
ID sign at the junction with Back Bearbung Rd at Gilgandra, July 2007.

Image © Ryan Nicholls

Castlereagh River:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it crosses the Castlereagh River at Gilgandra, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Castlereagh Hwy (SR86) at Gilgandra, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Castlereagh Hwy (SR86) at Gilgandra, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

Castlereagh Highway:
Intersection directional sign in Gilgandra facing the junction with Castlereagh Hwy (SR86), May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Castlereagh Highway:
Intersection directional sign in Gilgandra at the junction with Castlereagh Hwy (SR86), November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign in Gilgandra approaching Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Castlereagh Hwy (NR55), May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Distance Sign:
RD sign as the Oxley Hwy (NR34) leaves Gilgandra, after the Castlereagh Hwy (SR86) junction, November 2010. Click here for a photo by Rob Tilley from April 2005 of the previous sign.

Image © Rob Tilley

Black Intersection Directional Sign:
Corner of Castlereagh Hwy (Miller St) (NR55) and Oxley Hwy (Warren Rd) (NR34) at Gilgandra. May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Intersection Directional SIgn:
ID sign acting as an AD sign near the junction with Back Bearbung Rd at Gilgandra, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

Womboin Street:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) at the Womboin St intersection at Gilgandra, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Intersection Directional SIgn:
ID sign at the junction with Back Bearbung Rd at Gilgandra, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

Level Crossing:
Railway level crossing on Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it leaves Gilgandra, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

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

Image © Rob Tilley

Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign on the outskirts of Gilgandra, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

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

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Paul Rands

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

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Paul Rands

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

Image © Paul Rands

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

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Paul Rands

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

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Rob Tilley

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

Image © Rob Tilley

Click here for the continuation of NR34 between Coonabarabran and Tamworth

1 Roads and Traffic Authority, Schedule of Classified Roads and State & Regional Roads, 31 January 2011
2 Department of Main Roads, Historical Roads of New South Wales, Oxley Highway, Extract from March 1953 issue of "Main Roads" journal.
3 Department of Main Roads, The Roadmakers, A History of Main Roads in New South Wales, ISBN 0 7240 0439 4

Last updated: 04-Nov-2018 22:30

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