Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
Great Western Highway, Mitchell Highway & Barrier Highway (National Route 32) - Dubbo to Wellington (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 Mitchell Highway links north-western NSW with Dubbo, Bathurst and eventually Sydney.

The highway starts at Bathurst as National Route 32 and heads west through the Great Dividing Range to Orange then continues north through Molong, Wellington and Dubbo. From Dubbo, the highway follows the Bourke railway line in a north-westerly direction to Nyngan. The highway's route number changes to NR71 (after the Barrier Highway junction at Nyngan), and then it continues north-west to Bourke and terminates at the QLD border, just north of Barringun.

The Mitchell Highway is named after Major Thomas Mitchell, who was Surveyor-General of New South Wales in the 1820s and explored much of inland New South Wales and Victoria.

History:

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Wellington approaching Caves Rd, August 2011.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the roundabout with Newell Hwy (NH39) at West Dubbo, November 2011.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Wellington approaching Caves Rd, July 2006.

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Macquarie River:
Looking southeast on the LH Ford Bridge over the Macquarie River in West Dubbo. It opened to traffic on the 29th September 1969, at the time it was the 4th longest road bridge in NSW. November 2011.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for Caves Rd at Wellington, July 2006.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Macquarie St, Dubbo, November 2011.

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Caves Road:
Corner of Mitchell Hwy (NR32) and Caves Rd at Wellington, August 2011.

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Macquarie Street:
Mitchell Hwy (NR32) at Macquarie St, Dubbo, November 2011.

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Tourism Sign:
Looking north approaching Burrendong Way (TD5), August 2011.

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AD Sign:
Advance directional sign on Darling Street (former Newell Hwy) approaching Mitchell Hwy, Dubbo. November 2011.

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AD Sign:
Advance directional sign approaching Burrendong Way (TD5) at Wellington, August 2011.

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ID Sign:
intersection directional sign on the corner of Darling Street (former Newell Hwy) and Mitchell Hwy. November 2011.

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Burrendong Way:
Corner of Mitchell Hwy (NR32) and Burrendong Way (TD5) at Wellington, August 2011.

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ID Sign:
intersection directional sign on the corner of Darling Street (former Newell Hwy) and Mitchell Hwy. November 2011.

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Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign, Wellington, August 2011.

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Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign at Wongarbon, October 2004.

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Entering Town Area:
Mitchell Hwy (NR32) as it enters the town of Wellington. July 2006.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Apsley approaching Burrendong Way, December 2012.

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Advance Directional Sign:
NR32 as it approaches Maughan St & Arthur St in Wellington, August 2011.

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Rest Area Distance Sign:
Rest area reassurance directional sign at Larras Lee, December 2012.

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ID Sign:
Intersection directional sign at roundabout with Maughan St and Arthur St, Wellington, August 2011.

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NEW! Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Wellington, December 2002.

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UPDATED Old Meets New:
Westbound on Mitchell Hwy (NR32) (Showground Rd) with this old black sign and brand new alphanumeric sign, July 2006. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2002 by Michael Greenslade

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Wellington CBD:
Passing through the Wellington shopping precinct, northbound, July 2006.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign on the roundabout with Warne St, Wellington, August 2011.

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Macquarie River:
Mitchell Hwy (NR32) crossing Macquarie River via Macquarie River Bridge at Wellington, August 2011.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Montefiores approaching Goolma Road, August 2011.

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Goolma Road:
Corner of Mitchell Hwy (NR32) and Goolma Rd at Montefiores, August 2011.

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RD Sign:
Distance sign at Montefiores after the Goolma Road junction, July 2006.

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AD Sign:
Northbound AD sign approaching Cobbora Road at Montefiores, August 2011. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from July 2006.

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Cobbora Road Intersection:
Heading northwest at Montefiores, August 2011. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from July 2006.

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RD Sign:
Distance sign at Maryvale, August 2011.

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Maryvale:
Heading northwest as you enter Maryvale, July 2006.

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Dunedoo Road Fingerboard:
ID signage at Maryvale showing access to Dunedoo Road, July 2006.

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Maryvale Town Centre:
Looking northwest in the town of Geurie, July 2006.

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Mitchell St Intersection :
ID sign assembly on the corner of Mitchell Street in Geurie. July 2006.

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AD Sign :
Advance directional sign approaching Beni St in Wongabon, July 2006.

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Typical Conditions :
Looking northwest on one of the many long and straight sections of the highway, July 2006 at Wongabon.

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AD Sign:
Advance directional sign at Orana Heights (in Dubbo) approaching Wheeler Street, July 2006. This sign is somewhat recent (say in the last 5 or so years) and is badly peeling.

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Entering Dubbo:
The Mitchell Hwy gains divided roadway as it enters Dubbo. July 2006.

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Milepost:
Old mile post (repositioned), near Sterling St, Dubbo, April 2012..

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AD Sign:
Westbound approaching Fitzroy Street in Dubbo, July 2006. Local name for Mitchell Hwy through town is Cobra St.

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ID Sign:
Westbound intersection directional sign on the roundabout with Fitzroy Street in Dubbo, April 2012.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Dubbo, approaching Darling St (former Newell Hwy), August 2011.

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Darling Street intersection:
Mitchell Hwy (NR32) at the junction with Darling St (former NR39) at Dubbo. July 2006.

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Macquarie River:
Looking northwest approaching the 2013 feet long, 2 lane, 28 span, prestressed concrete bridge over the Macquarie River in Dubbo. It opened to traffic on the 29th September 1969, at the time it was the 4th longest road bridge in NSW. August 2011.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Newell Hwy (NH39) at Dubbo, August 2011.

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Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Dubbo, August 2011. Click here for a photo of this location by Michael Greenslade from January 2004.

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Road Train Sign:
Road train sign at Dubbo on the Mitchell Hwy, March 2007.

Image © Mitchell Oliver

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Pilons Dr and Coorena Rd at Dubbo, August 2011.

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Cooreena Road & Pilons Drive:
Corner of Mitchell Hwy (NR32), Cooreena Rd and Pilons Dr, Dubbo, August 2011.

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Whylandra Crossing Road:
Corner of Mitchell Hwy (NR32) and Whylandra Crossing Rd, Dubbo, August 2011.

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The Falls Road:
Corner of Mitchell Hwy (NR32) and The Falls Rd, Dubbo, August 2011.

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Click here for the continuation of NR32 between Wellington and Molong
Click here for the continuation of NR32 between Nyngan and Dubbo

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, Community update, Road activity update – Western NSW, February 2003.

Last updated: 19-Oct-2021 0:18

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