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|Map of the south-west of Western Australia, with Albany Highway highlighted in red|
|Length||410 km (255 mi)|
|Route number(s)||State Route 30|
|Northwest end||The Causeway (State Route 5), Victoria Park (Perth)|
|Southeast end||Middleton Road, Albany|
|Major settlements||, ,|
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Albany Highway is a generally northwest-southeast highway in the south of Western Australia which links the state's capital Perth with its oldest settlement, Albany. The highway is approximately 410 kilometres (250 mi) in length, is designated State Route 30 and separates Western Australia's Great Southern region from its South West region. Outside of Perth the highway is a sealed single carriageway with regular overtaking lanes in some undulating areas.
It was originally called Albany Road and was first proposed in 1853 by Lt William Crossman of the Royal Engineers, who examined and reported on various possible Perth-Albany routes. The road was originally built of wood block and limestone by convicts in the 1850s, and was later sealed.
Departing Perth, the highway commences at the Causeway interchange in Victoria Park and for its first 4 km is a two-lane high street serving Victoria Park's town centre, while nearby four-lane Shepperton Road serves as the area's main conduit of traffic (it also carries the Route 30).
At Welshpool Road, the two roads merge and for 26 km Albany Highway serves as the main route for Perth's southeastern region, varying between a four- and six-lane mostly undivided carriageway. Due to the highway's evolution, this part of the highway is dominated by commercial shopping precincts in Bentley, Cannington, Maddington, Gosnells and Kelmscott and drivers must negotiate countless sets of traffic lights. One of Perth's most infamous stretches of roads is Albany Highway in Cannington. Due to the high volume of commuters making their way to Westfield Carousel, this section has become frequently gridlocked since its redevelopment in the late nineties. It is recommended that this section be bypassed via the Kenwick Link, the Tonkin & Leach Highways, and Welshpool Road (East), Orrong Road, and Manning Road. In the Perth section of the highway, Tonkin Highway to the east carries most of the north-south heavy vehicle traffic, and Albany Highway is used mostly by light vehicles.
At Armadale the highway doglegs east (the road that continues straight ahead is South Western Highway). As one keeps heading south-south-east, signs of human activity becomes more sparse as the highway crosses the Darling Scarp, and the scenery transitions to native forest. Further south it transitions again to pastureland, with farming activities being mostly livestock rearing and some orchards. Albany Highway serves as something of an express route, with the service towns in the region being located approximately 30 km to the east along Great Southern Highway - in particular Narrogin, Wagin and Katanning.
Closer to Albany, there are large tracts of blue gum eucalypt plantations. In terms of safety, the road is generally free of hazards caused by straying farm animals, though as with most rural and remote Australian roads, kangaroos are an everpresent danger.
|Victoria Park||0||0||Great Eastern Highway north-east (National Highway 94 / Nation Route 1) / Canning Highway south-west (National Route 1 / State Route 6) / The Causeway north-west (State Route 5) / Shepperton Road south-east (State Route 30)||Highway terminus: continues as The Causeway. Hybrid Y Junction and parclo interchange. No access from Albany Highway to Great Eastern Highway or Shepperton Road. No access from the interchange to Albany Highway.|
|Victoria Park, Canning||3.7||2.3||Shepperton Road north (State Route 30) / Welshpool Road eastbound||Route transition: No route number north-west on Albany Highway, State Route 30 continues north as Shepperton Road; Albany Highway south-eastbound continues east as Welshpool Road, Albany Highway north-westbound continues north as Shepperton Road.|
|Leach Highway (State Route 7) – Welshpool, Kewdale, Fremantle, Perth Airport||Diamond interchange (Leach Highway free flowing)|
|Cannington||6.3||3.9||Manning Road west (State Route 26) / Mallard Way north-east||Traffic light controlled intersection|
|Gosnells||Beckenham||8.6||5.3||Nicholson Road||Traffic light controlled T Junction|
|8.9||5.5||Kenwick Link south-east (State Route 30) to Roe Highway (State Route 3) / William Street north-east||Route transition: State Route 30 continues south-east as Kenwick Link; Alternate State Route 30 north-western terminus|
|Gosnells||12.4||7.7||Kenwick Link north-west (State Route 30) to Roe Highway (State Route 3) / Austin Avenue north-east||Route transition: State Route 30 continues north-west as Kenwick Link; Alternate State Route 30 south-eastern terminus|
|Gosnells||16.0||9.9||Fremantle Road (State Route 36) – Langford||Traffic light controlled intersection|
|Tonkin Highway (State Route 4) – Welshpool, Bunbury, Perth Airport||Folded diamond interchange (Tonkin Highway free flowing)|
|Armadale||22.8||14.2||Brookton Highway (State Route 40) , Araluen Botanic Park||Traffic light controlled T Junction|
|Armadale||25.6||15.9||Armadale Road west (State Route 14) / South Western Highway south (State Route 20)||Albany Highway south-eastbound continues south as South Western Highway. Albany Highway north-westbound continues west as Armadale Road.|
|Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Wandering||52.0||32.3||Jarrahdale Road|
|Wandering, Boddington||North Bannister||92.1||57.2||North Bannister Wandering Road|
|Bannister||106||66||Bannister Marradong Road|
|Crossman||117||73||Crossman Dwarda Road|
|West Arthur||Arthur River||195||121||Coalfields Road (State Route 107)||T Junction. State Route 107 concurrency terminus: continues west as Coalfields Road.|
|196||122||Arthur Road (State Route 107)||T Junction. State Route 107 concurrency terminus: continues east as Arthur Road.|
|197||122||Boyup Brook Arthur Road|
|Woodanilling||Beaufort River||218||135||Robinson Road|
|253||157||Broomehill Road east / Blackwood Road west||Staggered T Junctions|
|Lumeah||278||173||Tambellup West Road|
|Cranbrook||Cranbrook||315||196||Frankland Cranbrook Roadtown centre||Staggered T Junctions|
|318||198||Great Southern Highway|
|Plantagenet||Kendenup||338||210||Martagallup Tenterde Road|
|Lowood Road / Mondurup Street, to Muirs Highway (State Route 102)||Two westbound T Junctions lead to Muirs Highway.|
|356||221||Oatlands Road (Tourist Drive 252) to Mount Barker Porongurup Road (Tourist Drive 252)Porongurup National Park,|
|Albany||402||250||South Coast Highway west||Y Junction. No direct access from Albany Highway southbound - access is via U Turning at the next roundabout intersection.|
|,||403||250||Chester Pass Road north-east (National Route 1) to South Coast Highway (National Route 1) / North Road south-east / Hanrahan Road south-west , Frenchman Bay||Roundabout intersection. State Route 30 southern terminus|
|Albany||405||252||Lokyer Avenue north / St Emilie Way east / York Street southcity centre||Highway terminus: roundabout intersection|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Edmonds, Leigh (1997). The vital link: a history of Main Roads Western Australia 1926-1996. Nedlands, Western Australia: University of Western Australia Press. ISBN 1-875560-87-4.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Albany Highway.|
- Main Roads Western Australia
- State Library of Western Australia Pictorial collection of historical Albany Highway photographs