Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
  Pacific Highway, New England Highway, John Renshaw Drive, Southern Freeway, Mount Ousley Road & Princes Highway (National Route 1) (Decommissioned) - Waterfall to Gwynneville

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National Route 1 forms part of the main coastal route between Victoria and Queensland. The route features a mix of rural highway, arterial and freeway design standards. The route forms part of what is collectively known as Highway 1. It is Australia's coastal highway joining all mainland's state capitals and coastal towns circumnavigating the entire Australian continent. It is also the longest numbered highway in the world, covering more than 14 500 km.

In New South Wales, National Route 1 was truncated by National Highway 1 between Beresfield and Wahroonga, by Metroad 1 between Wahroonga and Waterfall and by M1 at Tweed Heads West.

Southern Section:

The southern section of National Route 1 is formed by 2 separate sections of the Southern Freeway, linked by dual carriageway Mt Ousley Road. At the end of southern segment of the Southern Freeway, National Route continues as Princes Highway. The route from Kiama to Sydney is a mix of divided road and freeway, the majority of the route from Gerringong to the Victorian border is undivided rural highway standard and undivided urban arterial within some towns, with some dual carriageway sections sporadically placed between Bomaderry and tourist areas immediately south of Nowra.

The Princes Highway was formed from a string of roads linking Sydney to the Illawarra, which later was renumbered from National Route 1 to Metroad 1 in the Sydney area during the 1990s.

The Princes Highway section of NR1 formed a coastal route from Yallah, in Wollongong's southern suburbs to Melbourne and into South Australia. The route is a mix of urban arterial road, dual carriageway and also rural highway.

The Southern Expressway (later Freeway) and also Mount Ousley Road, ran between Waterfall in Sydney's south, bypassing Wollongong and ending at Yallah, in the Illawarra's southern suburbs. It is the main route between Sydney and Wollongong, and crosses the Illawarra Escarpment to the narrow coastal strip on which most of the Illawarra suburbs are built.

Multiplexes along the route include:

History:

Princes Highway:

Mount Ousley Road:

Southern Freeway:

Click here for historic photos of Princes Hwy, Mt Ousley Rd and Southern Fwy between Waterfall and Gwynneville

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Princes Hwy (NR1) approaching Bulli Pass (Princes Hwy) (SR60) and Mt Ousley Rd (NR1) at Bulli Tops, April 2006.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Gwynneville approaching Memorial Dr (former F8, Northern Distributor), December 2012. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from November 2009.

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Reassurance Directional Sign:
Tourism based distance sign at Bulli Tops, April 2006.

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  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Gwynneville approaching Memorial Dr (former F8, Northern Distributor), December 2012. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from November 2009.

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Bulli Pass:
Princes Hwy (NR1) at the junction with Bulli Pass (SR60), April 2006. NR1 becomes Mt Ousley Rd at this point.

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  Memorial Drive:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at Gwynneville at the Memorial Dr interchange, December 2012. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from November 2009.

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Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Bulli Tops on Mt Ousley Rd (NR1), April 2006.

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  Memorial Drive:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at Gwynneville at the Memorial Dr interchange, December 2012. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from November 2009.

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Cataract Creek:
Mt Ousley Rd (NR1) as it crosses Cataract Ck at Cataract, April 2006.

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  Changeable Advance Directional Sign:
Changeable AD sign at Gwynneville approaching University Av & Irvine St, June 2010.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Cataract, approaching Picton Rd (SR88), April 2006.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Gwynneville approaching University Av & Irvine St, June 2010.

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Picton Road:
Mt Ousley Rd (NR1) as it passes under Picton Rd (SR88) at Cataract, April 2006. The SR88 duplex starts at this junction.

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  Irvine Street & University Avenue:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at the interchange with University Av & Irvine St in Gwynneville, June 2010.

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Steep Descent Signage:
Steep descent signage for heavy vehicles at Mt Keira, April 2006.

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  Irvine Street & University Avenue:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at the interchange with University Av & Irvine St in Gwynneville, June 2010.

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Steep Descent Signage:
Steep descent signage for heavy vehicles at Mt Keira, September 2010. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from April 2006.

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  End Freeway:
End of Southern Fwy (NR1) at Keiraville, June 2010. NR1 becomes Mt Ousley Rd at this point. The SR88 duplex starts at this location.

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Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Mt Keira, December 2008.

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  Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at at Mt Pleasant, June 2010.

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Arrester Bed Signage:
Arrester bed signage at Mt Pleasant, September 2010.

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  New Mount Pleasant Road:
Mt Ousley Rd (NR1) at the New Mt Pleasant Rd overpass at Mt Pleasant, June 2010.

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Arrester Bed Signage:
Arrester bed signage at Mt Pleasant, September 2010.

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  Truck & Bus Lane:
Trucks and buses must use left lane as they descend via Mt Ousley Rd (NR1) at Mt Keira, June 2010.

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Variable Message Sign:
VMS at Mt Pleasant, September 2010.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Mt Keira, approaching Clive Bissell Dr, June 2010.

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Arrester Bed:
Emergency arrester bed for runaway vehicles at Mt Pleasant, September 2010.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Picton Rd (SR88) at Mt Keira, June 2010. The SR88 duplex ends at this junction.

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Steep Descent Signage:
Steep descent signage for heavy vehicles and advance directional sign for Mt Ousley Rd at Mt Pleasant, December 2012. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from September 2010 and click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from June 2006.

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  Picton Road:
Mount Ousley Rd (NR1) at Picton Rd (SR88) at Mt Keira, June 2010.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign Mt Pleasant for Mt Ousley Rd interchange, June 2006. This sign has since been removed.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at the Bulli Pass (SR60) interchange at Bulli Tops, December 2012.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign Mt Pleasant for New Mt Pleasant Rd, December 2012.

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  Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign on Southern Fwy (NR1) at Bulli Tops, December 2012.

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Mount Pleasant Road:
Mt Ousley Rd (NR1) at the junction with New Mt Pleasant Rd at Mt Pleasant, December 2012. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from September 2010.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Darkes Forest, approaching Old Princes Hwy (formerly NR1 and SR60) interchange, December 2012.

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Truck & Bus Lane:
Trucks and buses must use left lane as they descend via Mt Ousley Rd (NR1) at Mt Pleasant, September 2010.

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  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Darkes Forest, approaching Old Princes Hwy (formerly NR1 and SR60) interchange, December 2012.

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Exhaust Brakes Signage:
Early form of exhaust brakes signage, Mt Pleasant, April 2006.

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  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Helensburgh, approaching Old Princes Hwy (formerly NR1 and SR60) interchange, December 2012.

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Low Bridge Sign:
Sign warning of low bridge height at University Av interchange, Mt Ousley, September 2010.

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  Old Princes Highway:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at the Old Princes Hwy interchange, Helensburgh, December 2012.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Mt Ousley approaching Mt Ousley Rd (SR88), December 2012. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from September 2010.

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  End Freeway 2km:
End freeway sign at Waterfall, December 2012.

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Services Sign:
Services sign at Mt Ousley approaching Mt Ousley Rd (SR88), September 2010.

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  Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station Sign:
Heavy vehicle inspection station sign approaching the former toll plaza at Waterfall, December 2012.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Mt Ousley approaching Mt Ousley Rd (SR88), December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from April 2006.

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  End Freeway 1km:
End freeway sign at Waterfall, December 2012.

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Mount Ousley Road:
Mount Ousley Rd (NR1) at the interchange with Mount Ousley Rd (SR88) at Mount Ousley, December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from April 2006. NR1 becomes Southern Fwy at this point. The SR88 duplex ends at this junction.

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Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station:
Heavy vehicle inspection station sign at the former toll plaza at Waterfall, December 2012.

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Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Mt Ousley on Southern Fwy (NR1), December 2012. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from September 2010 and click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from June 2006.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at North Wollongong approaching University Av, December 2012. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from September 2010.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at North Wollongong approaching University Av, September 2010. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from June 2006.

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University Avenue:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at the University Av interchange in North Wollongong, December 2012. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from September 2010.

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University Avenue:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at the University Av interchange in North Wollongong, September 2010.

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University Avenue:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at the University Av interchange in North Wollongong, September 2010.

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University Avenue:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at the University Av interchange in North Wollongong, September 2010. Click here for a photo by Paul Rands of this location from June 2006.

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Memorial Drive:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at the Memorial Dr (former F8, Northern Distributor) interchange at North Wollongong, September 2010.

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Gipps Street:
Southern Fwy (NR1) at the Gipps St overpass at Gwynneville, November 2009.

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Click here for the continuation of the route as National Highway 1 (Sydney-Newcastle Freeway)
Click here for the continuation of National Route 1 between Karuah and Beresfield
Click here for Metroad 1 between through the Sydney region
Click here for National Route 1 between Gwynneville and Yallah

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14 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1966-67
15 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1967-68
16 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1968-69
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18 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1970-71
19 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1971-72
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