Barwon Highway

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Barwon Highway
Queensland
General information
Type Highway
Length 154.9 km (96 mi)
Route number(s) State Route 85
Major junctions
West end Carnarvon Highway (National Route 46), 37km south of St George, Queensland
East end Leichhardt Highway (National Highway A39 / State Route 85)
Newell Highway (A39)
Cunningham Highway (National Route 42) Goondiwindi, Queensland NSW/Qld Border
Location(s)
Major settlements Talwood, Bungunya
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Queensland

The Barwon Highway is one of the more obscure state highways of Queensland. It starts at the Carnarvon Highway in Nindigully, 44 kilometres south of St George, and travels east for about 155 kilometres until it reaches Goondiwindi, where it terminates at the Leichhardt Highway.

The highway travels north of and roughly parallel to the Barwon River, after which it is named. The river forms part of the border between Queensland and New South Wales. This highway is part of State Route 85, which extends for over 570 kilometres (354 mi) from Bribie Island to Nindigully, duplexing with the Brisbane Valley Highway (National Route 17) from the D'Aguilar Highway to Esk, the New England Highway (State Route A3) from Hampton to Toowoomba, the Gore Highway (National Route A39 - formerly 85) from Toowoomba to the Leichhardt Highway, and the southern 19 kilometres (12 mi) section of the Leichhardt Highway (also National Route A39) to Goondiwindi.[1]

Stock route[edit]

Like many Australian roads, the Barwon Highway follows a declared stock route.[2] The road reserve for most stock routes is wider than for other roads (up to 1600 metres)[3] When seen from the air (or in the Satellite view of Google maps) the substantial width of the western end (from Nindigully to Talwood) can be clearly seen due to the difference in colour between roadside brigalow scrub and adjacent cropland.

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km Mile Destinations Notes
Balonne Nindigully 0 0 Carnarvon Highway (National Route 46) north - St George /
south - Mungindi and Moree
Western end of Barwon Highway
Goondiwindi Goondiwindi 154.0 95.7 State Route 85 (Lagoon Street) east - Goondiwindi Town Centre Barwon Highway turns north as West Street[4]
The route to the Cunningham and Newell highways (also signed as State Route 85) continues through Goondiwindi as Lagoon Street, Russell Street, Albert Street and Marshall Street to the intersection described at the bottom of this table
154.9 96.3 Leichhardt Highway (National Route A39) north - Toowoomba /
east (as Boundary Road) - Cunningham Highway (National Route 42)
Eastern end of Barwon Highway
State Route 85 continues north, duplexed with Leichhardt Highway
158.6 98.5 Cunningham Highway (National Route 42) north - St George, Brisbane and Rockhampton /
Newell Highway (A39) south - Moree and Dubbo
National Route A39 continues north, duplexed with Cunningham Highway, for 2.1 km, where it turns west as Leichhardt Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queensland State Routes". ozroads.com.au. Archived from the original on 15 October 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Map of the Queensland Stock Route Network". Queensland Government. September 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Queensland Stock Route Network". Queensland Government. September 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Google Inc. "Goondiwindi, Queensland". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=Goondiwindi,+Queensland&hl=en&ll=-28.535294,150.297647&spn=0.032839,0.066047&sll=-19.457034,145.879162&sspn=35.5766,67.631836&oq=Goondiwindi&hnear=Goondiwindi+Queensland&t=m&z=15. Retrieved 7 November 2013.