Road Photos & Information: South Australia
  Sturt Highway & Main North Road (National Highway 20)


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The Sturt Highway and Main North Road are major routes connecting New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The highway connected the Hume Highway (NH31) in NSW with the Newell Hwy (NH39) and other major routes of South Western NSW. The route also connected with the Calder Highway (NR79) in Victoria.

The highway itself varies from 2-lane rural highway in the less populated areas to multilaned main road in some of the larger towns along the route to freeway standard and 6-lane arterial road standard in Adelaide.

The route received funding from the Federal Government, recognising its importance as a major Australian highway for freight and travel.

The Sturt Highway is named after Charles Sturt, who explored south western New South Wales, the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers and also parts of central Australia in the 1800s.


Post-1998 photos presented below are remnants, missed during alphanumeric conversion.
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Reassurance Directional Sign:
Distance sign at Truro, December 2003.

Image © Michael Greenslade

Black Advance Directional Sign:
Black AD sign on Old Blanchetown Rd at Waikerie approaching Sturt Hwy (NH20) and Vasey Rd, December 2003.

Image © Michael Greenslade

Handpainted Trailblazer:
Handpainted NR20 trailblazer on the corner of Renmark Av & Eighteenth St at Renmark, approaching Sturt Hwy, December 2003.

Image © Michael Greenslade

1 SA Memory, The river as a highway: Crossing the Murray
2 Peter Morris, Australian Minister for Transport, Press Release, $18 Million Gawler Bypass Gets Go Ahead, 9 May 1984
3 Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

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