Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
Route Number   Oxley Highway (National Route 34) - Coonabarabran to Tamworth (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:

Coonabarabran to Tamworth   Tamworth to Coonabarabran
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Distance Sign:
RD sign near Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Somerton approaching Manilla-Somerton Rd, December 2004.

Image © Paul Rands

Safe-T-Cam:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) at the Coonabarabran Safe-T-Cam, which monitors the movements of heavy vehicles, to ensure they're following various safety regulations, July 2006.

Image © Paul Rands

  Black Intersection Directional Sign:
Black ID sign at Somerton at the junction with Manilla-Somerton Rd, December 2004.

Image © Paul Rands

Services Sign:
Services sign urging motorists to stop and rest in Coonabarabran, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign as Oxley Hwy (NR34) leaves the Somerton town centre, December 2004.

Image © Paul Rands

Entering Coonabarabran:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) as it enters the town of Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching the roundabout with Kamilaroi Hwy (NR37) at Gunnedah, April 2005. NR34 turns right at this junction. The NR37 duplex begins here as well. Note the missing NR37 shield on the Gunnedah side of the sign.

Image © Paul Rands

Black Advance Directional Sign:
Black AD sign in Coonabarabran approaching Edwards St, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Kamilaroi Highway:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Kamilaroi Hwy (NR37) at Gunnedah, October 2006. NR34 turns right at this junction. The NR37 duplex begins here as well.

Image © Paul Rands

Black Intersection Directional Sign:
Black ID sign in Coonabarabran at the junction with Edwards St, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign on the outskirts of Gunnedah, after the Kamilaroi Hwy (NR37) roundabout, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Coonabarabran Town Centre:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) as it passes through the Coonabarabran town centre, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

  Entering Gunnedah Town Centre:
Welcome sign as the Oxley Hwy (NR34) enters the town of Gunnedah, August 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Advance Directional Signs:
Newer and old black advance directional signs approaching Dalgarno St (TD1) in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Oxley Hwy (NR34) approaching Abbott St and Kamilaroi Hwy (NR37), April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Memorial Clock:
Memorial clock located in the middle of the Dalgarno St (TD1) roundabout in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Kamilaroi Highway & Abbott Street:
Intersection directional sign assembly outside the Courthouse Hotel in Gunnedah at the junction with Kamilaroi Hwy (NR37) and Abbott St, April 2005. The NR37 duplex ends at this juncton.

Image © Paul Rands

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign assembly at the Dalgarno St (TD1) roundabout in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign on the railway overpass at Gunnedah, near Abbott St, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign assembly at the Dalgarno St (TD1) roundabout in Coonabarabran, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching the roundabout with Marquis St in Gunnedah, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Castlereagh River:
Oxley Hwy (NR34 / NH39) as it crosses Castlereagh River via Mary Jane Cain Bridge at Coonabarabran, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Gunnedah approaching View St and New St, near Gunnedah Racecourse, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign approaching White St (TD2) in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Distance Sign:
RD sign leaving Gunnedah, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for North St in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Interesection Directional Sign:
ID sign assembly on the corner of the Oxley Highway and Grain Valley Road (Mullaley-Boggabri Road) at Mullaley, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Black Advance Directional Sign:
Black AD sign approaching White St (TD2) in Coonabarabran, April 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign in the Mullaley town centre approaching Mullaley-Coolah Rd, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

White Street:
Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34) at the junction with White St (TD2) in Coonabarabran, November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Distance Sign:
RD sign at Mullaley, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

North Street:
Intersection directional sign at the North St junction in Coonabarabran, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Cox's Creek:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it crosses Cox's Ck at Mullaley, May 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Trailblazer Assembly:
Trailblazer assembly past North St in Coonabarabran, August 2011. Click here for a photo of this location by Rob Tilley from November 2010.

Image © Paul Rands

  Heavy Vehicle Inspection Bay Sign:
Sign about 1 km from the Newell Highway, for the heavy vehicle inspection bay at Coonabarabran, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign approaching the Oxley Hwy (NR34) split at Coonabarabran, November 2010. NH39 turns left at this junction, ending the NR34 duplex.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Oxley Hwy (NR34) approaching Newell Hwy (NH39) near Coonabarabran, April 2005. Note the missing NR34 shield beside the NH39 shield. The NH39 duplex starts at this junction. April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching the Oxley Hwy (NR34) split at Coonabarabran, October 2004. NH39 turns left at this junction, ending the NR34 duplex.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

  Distance Sign:
RD sign at Coonabarabran, October 2004. Note the missing NR34 shield beside the NH39 shield.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the Oxley Hwy (NR34) split at Coonabarabran, April 2005. NH39 turns left at this junction, ending the NR34 duplex.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Services Sign:
Services sign at Coonabarabran urging motorist to take a break in the town, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the Oxley Hwy (NR34) split at Coonabarabran, November 2010. NH39 turns left at this junction, ending the NR34 duplex.

Image © Rob Tilley

  Services Sign:
Services sign at Coonabarabran urging motorist to take a break in the town, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Coonabarabran, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign for Dalgarno St (TD1) in Coonabarabran, May 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Borah Creek Road:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Borah Ck Rd at Rocky Glen, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for North St in Coonabarabran, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

Entering Rocky Glen:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it enters the town of Rocky Glen, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  White Street:
Intersection directional sign at White St (TD2) in Coonabarabran, May 2011.

Image © Rob Tilley

Wyuna Road:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Wyuna Rd at Rocky Glen, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Trailblazer:
Trailblazer assembly near White St in Coonabarabran, May 2011. Click here for a photo from April 2005 of the previous sign installation with NR39 shield.

Image © Rob Tilley

Goolhi Road:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Goolhi Rd at Goolhi, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign for Dalgarno St (TD1) in Coonabarabran, April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

Goolhi:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it passes through Goolhi with Mount Baloola in the distance, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Dalgarno St (non TD1 section) in Coonabarabran approaching Newell Hwy (NH39 / NR34), November 2010.

Image © Rob Tilley

Baloola Road:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Baloola Rd at Nombi, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Memorial Clock:
Memorial clock located in the middle of the Dalgarno St (TD1) roundabout in Coonabarabran, April 2005.

Image © Rob Tilley

Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Black Stump Way at Mullaley, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign in Coonabarabran approaching Edwards St, May 2011. Click here for a photo from April 2005 of the previous sign installation. Note the incorrect NR39 shield (should be green and gold NH39).

Image © Rob Tilley

Reassurance Directional Sign:
Tourism-based distance sign at Mullaley, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

  Black Intersection Directional Sign:
Black ID sign in Coonabarabran at the junction with Edwards St, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

Entering Mullaley:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it enters the town of Mullaley, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Black Stump Way:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Black Stump Way at Mullaley, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Mullaley, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Grain Valley Road:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Grain Valley Rd, Mullaley, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Services & Distance Sign:
Combined services and distance sign at Gunnedah, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Entering Gunnedah:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it enters the town of Gunnedah, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching New St and View St at Gunnedah, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
UPDATED Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching the roundabout with Marquis St in Gunnedah, December 2002.

Image © Michael Greenslade

     
Marquis Street:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Marquis St, Gunnedah, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Anzac Parade & South Street:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34), Anzac Pde and South St, Gunnedah, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Kamilaroi Hwy (Conadilly St) (NR37) and Abbott St, Gunnedah, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Kamilaroi Highway & Abbott Street:
Intersection directional sign assembly in Gunnedah at the junction with Kamilaroi Hwy (NR37) and Abbott St, April 2005. The NR37 duplex begins at this juncton and NR34 turns right here.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Kamilaroi Hwy (NR37) approaching Abbott St and Oxley Hwy (NR34), April 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Kamilaroi Highway & Abbott Street:
Intersection directional sign assembly in Gunnedah at the junction with Kamilaroi Hwy (NR37) and Abbott St, April 2005. The NR37 duplex begins at this juncton.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching the roundabout with Kamilaroi Hwy (NR37) at Gunnedah, April 2005. The NR37 duplex ends at this intersection.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Kamilaroi Highway:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Kamilaroi Hwy (NR37) at Gunnedah, August 2011. NR34 turns left here.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Reassurance DIrectional Sign:
Distance sign at Gunnedah, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Mooki River:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it crosses Mooki River via McDonagh Bridge at Gunnedah, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Mooki River Overflow:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it crosses Mooki River Overflow via McDonagh Bridge at Gunnedah, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Hoss Causeway:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) at the Hoss Causeway just outside the village of Carroll. August 2011. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from August 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Tommy Swamp:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) passing over Tommy Swamp at Carroll, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Custom Local Speed Limit Sign:
Non-standard local speed limit sign at Carroll, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Entering Carroll:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it enters the town of Carroll, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Clifton Road:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Clifton Rd, Carroll, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Carroll:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) passing through the town of Carroll, August 2011.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching Rushes Creek Rd at Carroll, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign approaching Rushes Creek Rd at Carroll, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Rushes Creek Road:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and Rushes Ck Rd, Somerton, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign on facing Rushes Ck Rd in Somerton, December 2004. The text shouldn't be all capitals.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Oxley Highway from 2700 feet:
Looking towards Somerton, this is Oxley Highway from a glider near Lake Keepit. August 2005.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Entering Somerton:
Oxley Hwy (NR34) as it enters the town of Somerton, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Black Intersection Directional Sign:
Black ID sign at Somerton at the junction with Manilla-Somerton Rd, December 2004.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign as Oxley Hwy (NR34) leaves the Somerton town centre, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign as Oxley Hwy (NR34) passes through Wallamore near Tamworth Airport, December 2004.

Image © Paul Rands

     
New Winton Road:
Corner of Oxley Hwy (NR34) and New Winton Rd at Wallamore, August 2011.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Click here for the continuation of NR34 between Tamworth and Bendemeer
Click here for the continuation of NR34 between Gilgandra and Coonabarabran

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

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