Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
Route Number Olympic Highway (National Route 41) (Decommissioned) - Young to Cowra


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National Route 41 is a rural highway in southern New South Wales. It services rural communities and links the Hume Highway with the Mid Western Highway and Sturt Highway.

The route was named Olympic Way, as it was the path that the Olympic Torch took on its journey to Melbourne for the 1956 Summer Olympics. The torch was carried from Cairns to Melbourne. For the 1956 Summer Olympics the Olympic Flame, or torch, was carried along the road from Cowra to Wagga Wagga. For the 2000 Summer Olympics the torch was carried from Wagga Wagga to Cowra en route to Sydney. 2

The Olympic Highway features the Kapooka Bridge which crosses the railway line at Kapooka. It was built in 1880 and features 2 right angle bends at the approaches to the bridge, which have been the scene of several crashes. 3

Multiplexes along the route include:


Young to Cowra   Cowra to Young
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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Young approaching Zouch St and Boorowa St, January 2003. NR41 turns left at this intersection.

Image © Michael Greenslade

  Tourism Distance Sign :
Tourism based distance sign, showing the route's former name, southbound at Cowra, March 2006.

Image © Michael Greenslade

      Reassurance Directional Sign :
Distance sign as Olympic Hwy (NR41) leaves Cowra, September 2013.

Image © Paul Rands

Click here for the continuation of NR41 between Wagga and Young

1 Roads & Traffic Authority, Schedule of Classified Roads and State & Regional Roads, 31 January 2011
2 Olympic Highway, Lambert M. Surhone , Mariam T. Tennoe , Susan F. Henssonow ISBN: 9786135069341
3 Roads & Traffic Authority, Community Update, Realignment of the Olympic Highway at Kapooka, December 2010

Last updated: 19-Oct-2021 1:08

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