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New South Wales Road Photo Gallery:
National Route 1 (Mount Ousley Road)

Mount Ousley Road is the controlled access road that forms the link between the north and south sections of the F6 Southern Freeway. It also serves as the main route up/down the Illawarra Escarpment and the major entrance to Wollongong.

Mount Ousley Road was constructed as a defence route during the 1940's to provide an easier route up and down the Illawarra Escarpment than the existing Bulli Pass and Mount Keira routes, and Mount Ousley Road was connected to the F6 at Gwynneville in March 1964.

Length:
16 km
Route Numbers: Duplexed with
 

SR69 / NR1 Interchange
Southbound at the interchange of Appin Road (SR69), Southern Freeway (NR1), Mt Ousley Road (NR1) and the Old Princes Highway at Bulli Tops, April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Advance Directional Sign
Southbound AD sign at Bulli Tops for Bulli Pass. Before the opening of Mount Ousley Road, NR1 used to travel to Wollongong via Bulli Pass. April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Tourism Welcome Sign
Southbound sign welcoming motorists to Wollongong City and indicating distance to the tourist information centre. April 2006, Bulli Tops.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Bulli Pass Interchange
Southbound through the interchange with Bulli Pass (SR60). Northbound traffic using Bulli Pass connect to Appin Road, Southern Fwy and Old Princes Hwy via a series of underpasses and merges. April 2006. This location is also the northern terminus of State Route 60.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Old All Traffic Sign and Newer Directional Sign
The all traffic sign dates back to at least the early 1970s, and the directional sign is much newer, installed in the last 10 years or so. This photo is on the junction of Bulli Pass Road and Mount Ousley Road at Bulli Tops, and was taken in 2002.

Image © Sam Laybutt (ozroads.com.au)

Distance Sign
The first southbound RD sign on Mt Ousley Road. Note the very old Melbourne focal point, there is not a mention of Melbourne on a distance sign again for an enormous distance. This sign, located at Bulli Tops, is a direct remake of an old black sign. April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Southbound in Cataract area
Looking southbound in the Cataract locality. The alignment here was altered in the late 1980s to take a slightly less steep route. April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Approaching Bellambi Creek
Heading southbound at Cataract towards Bellambi Creek, April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Bellambi Creek
Crossing Bellambi Creek, April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Leaving Bellambi Creek
Southbound just after the Bellambi Creek bridge. Through the trees on the left of shot is the old 2-way section of the highway which was upgraded to the current alignment in 1979 / 80. If you look carefully when driving through this area, you can see old reflector posts and pavement through the foliage. April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Cataract Creek
Part of the upgrade works from the late 1970s and early 80s is this bridge over Cataract Creek. April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Advance Exit Sign
Fork sign indicating the exit for Picton Road at Mt Keira, April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Picton Road Interchange
Full southbound view of the Picton Road Interchange, April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Picton Road Interchange
Southbound as you drive through the Picton Road Interchange. The off-ramp to Picton Road (SR88) is to the left. This is also the beginning of the SR88 duplex on Mt Ousley Road, April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Picton Road Interchange
Northbound as you pass through the Picton Road (SR88) interchange. Note the incorrect NR31 sheild, it should be a green and gold National Highway sheild.

Image © Paul Rands

Steep grade sign
Southbound sign indicating the steepness of the descent down the Illawarra Escarpment, April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Clive Bissell Drive AD Sign
Looking north as you approach the turn off to Mount Keira via Clive Bissell Drive, January 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

Extra Large Steep Descent Sign
Old custom sign that used to have flashing amber lights on it. Installed in the late 1970s, it's non reflective. April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Distance Sign
Southbound RD sign at Mt Keira, April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Southbound at Mt Keira
Typical road conditions as you travel towards Wollongong, April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

Southbound at Mt Keira
Typical road conditions as you travel towards Wollongong, April 2006.

Image ©  Paul Rands

VMS Sign Southbound
Heading down Mount Ousley Road at Mount Pleasant, April 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

VMS Sign Northbound
Heading up Mount Ousley Road at Mount Pleasant, January 2006. This was taken mid-message change.

Image © Paul Rands

Steep Descent Sign
Second steep descent sign, with amber flashing warning lights at Mount Pleasant, April 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

Northbound at Mount Pleasant
This photo really depicts the steepness of the roadway. It's not uncommon to see overheated cars at the side of the road and trucks moving up the hill at 20 km/h or less.

Image © Paul Rands

New Mount Pleasant Road
Southbound as approach New Mount Pleasant Road, April 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

 

Southbound at Mount Ousley
Passing residential areas around Mount Ousley, for the final descent from the Illawarra Escarpment, April 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

Southbound at Mount Ousley
Passing residential areas around Mount Ousley, for the final descent from the Illawarra Escarpment, April 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

Southbound at Mount Ousley
Passing residential areas around Mount Ousley, for the final descent from the Illawarra Escarpment, April 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

Approaching Mt Ousley Road / Southern Freeway
Approaching the safety ramp and at-grade junction with Mt Ousley Road and the Southern Freeway, April 2006. The SR88 goes straight ahead here following Mt Ousley Road to Fairy Meadow.

Image © Paul Rands

For the continuation of Mount Ousley Road (as State Route 88), click here
For contination of National Route 1 (as the Southern Freeway), click here