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

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General Information:

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. Prior to the introduction of Metroad 1 through Sydney, the route between Sydney and Wollongong was a mix of divided road and expressway standard roads, as well as undivided rural highway standard and undivided urban arterial within some towns.

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.

History:

Princes Highway:

This page concentrates on historic photos of the Princes Highway between Sydney and Wollongong. The history and images presented should be viewed in conjunction with the following routes; State Route 60.

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Bulli Pass:
Scene on Bulli Pass at Bulli, about ½ a mile below the Devil's Elbow, 1938.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Reconstructon in Concrete:
Reconstruction in concrete between Belmore Rd and Tom Ugly's Point, Blakehurst, 1949.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Cooks River:
New dual bridge over Cooks River diversion channel at Tempe. Construction in progress, 1950.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Mount Ousley Road:
Sight barrier, yellow button copy halt (stop) sign at the intersection of Princes Hwy and Mt Ousley Rd at North Wollongong, 1953.

Image © Department of Main Roads

King Georges Road:
Traffic islands at the intersection of Princes Hwy and King Georges Rd at Blakehurst, 1956.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Wollongong Bypass:
Construction in hand of alternative route to the Princes Highway to bypass the principal shopping and business district of Wollongong, 1960.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Wollongong Bypass:
Commencement of alternative route to the Princes Highway to bypass the principal shopping and business district of Wollongong, 1961.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Cooks Road:
Northern approach to the new six-lane bridge over Cooks River at Tempe, 1962.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Lawrence Hargrave Drive:
Channelised intersection of Princes Hwy and Lawrence Hargrave Dr at foot of Bulli Pass, 1962.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Cooks River:
New pre-stressed concrete bridge over Cooks River, Tempe, 1962.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Rockdale:
Widened pavement of Princes Highway through Rockdale shopping and business centre, 1964.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Waterfall:
Earthworks on the Waterfall-Bulli Pass Tollwork clearly define the route of this section of the Southern Expressway. The Princes Highway is pictured on the right of the Expressway, 1971.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Sutherland Bypass:
Sutherland Bypass (Acacia Rd / Princes Hwy) at Sutherland, 1975.

Image © Department of Main Roads

Waterfall:
Princes Hwy meets Southern Expressway, Waterfall, 1975.

Image © Department of Main Roads

1 Roads and Traffic Authority, Schedule of Classified Roads and State & Regional Roads, 31 January 2011
2 Main Roads Board, Annual Report, 1925-26
3 Main Roads Board, Annual Report, 1926-27
4 Main Roads Board, Annual Report, 1929-30
5 Main Roads Board, Annual Report, 1930-31
6 RTA Thematic History, 2nd Edition, 2006
7 Main Roads Board Annual Report, 1932
8 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1932-33
9 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1934-35
10 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1936-37
11 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1937-38
12 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1945-46
13 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1947-48
14 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1949-50
15 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1951-52
16 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1953-54
17 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1954-55
24 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1955-56
18 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1959-60
19 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1960-61
20 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1961-62
21 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1962-63
22 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1963-64
23 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1964-65
24 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1965-66
25 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1966-67
26 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1967-68
27 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1968-69
28 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1969-70
29 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1970-71
30 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1971-72
31 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1972-73
32 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1973-74
33 Department of Main Roads, Annual Report, 1976-77
34 Parsons Brinckerhoff, F6 Corridor Public Transport Use Assessment Final Draft Report, September 2004

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