Bussell Highway

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Bussell Highway
Western Australia
Photograph of road
Bussell Highway in Forest Grove
General information
Type Highway
Length 140 km (87 mi)
Opened 1894
Route number(s) State Route 10 (excluding Busselton to Vasse)
Major junctions
North end Blair Street, Bunbury
 
South end Blackwood Avenue, Augusta
Location(s)
Major settlements Capel, Busselton, Vasse, Cowaramup, Margaret River, Karridale
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Western Australia

Bussell Highway is a generally north-south highway in the South West of Western Australia. The highway links the city of Bunbury with the town of Augusta and is approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) in length.[1] The highway is signed State Route 10, except in Busselton where the construction of the Busselton Bypass in 2001 resulted in this stretch being changed to Alternate State Route 10 with the Bypass signed State Route 10.

The highway is sealed dual carriageway from Bunbury to Capel and in the town of Busselton; and is single carriageway from Capel to Busselton and from Vasse to Augusta with regular overtaking lanes.

Bussell Highway and surrounding highways

History[edit]

Bussell Highway was named after the Bussell family, some of the region's first settlers. It was built in 1894 by M.C. Davies, a timber miller operating from Karridale to provide better access to Vasse and beyond, linking to the existing road to Bunbury. The tender had been let to Davies by the State government under John Forrest.

Route description[edit]

Departing Bunbury, the highway commences at the intersection of Blair Street and Parade Road outside the Bunbury Racecourse in Carey Park. After about 500m, it intersects at a large roundabout with Bunbury's ring road, Robertson Drive, connecting the highway to several major routes: Australind Bypass and Old Coast Road lead to Perth via Mandurah; South Western Highway north-eastbound to Harvey, and to Collie via Coalfields Highway; and South Western Highway south-westbound to Donnybrook.

It exits Bunbury as a sealed dual carriageway, bypassing the town of Capel before becoming a single carriageway to Busselton. At a large roundabout, it intersects with the Busselton Bypass and changes name to Causeway Road, then turns left into Albert Street in Busselton's CBD. After one block it reverts to Bussell Highway, proceeding for 9 km as a dual carriageway through Busselton's western suburbs before turning left at Abbey.

The road then proceeds as a single carriageway with regular overtaking lanes to Augusta through small dairy and crop farms, orchards and wineries - the only slow point on this entire journey is when it becomes the main street of the popular tourist and seachange town of Margaret River.

The highway ends at the entrance to Augusta, but the road continues as Blackwood Avenue through the town and the nas Leeuwin Road for 9 km before reaching Cape Leeuwin, the southwestern tip of Western Australia.

Major towns[edit]

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km[1] Mile Destinations Notes
Bunbury Carey Park, South Bunbury 0 0 Blair Street north / Nuytsia Avenue east – Bunbury city centre Northern highway terminus: continues as Blair Street
Carey Park, Withers, College Grove 1.4 0.9 Robertson Drive (State Route 10) – Perth Roundabout intersection; State Route 10 northern concurrency terminus: continues east
Capel Dalyellup, Gelorup 5.1 3.2 Norton Promenade – Dalyellup Traffic light controlled intersection
Stratham 14.6 9.1 Boyanup West Road – Boyanup
Capel 23.2 14.4 Capel Drive – Capel, Donnybrook Northern loop road intersection
24.5 15.2 Capel Drive – Capel, Donnybrook Southern loop road intersection
28.3 17.6 Tuart Drive (Ludlow Tuart Forest Tourist Drive) – Busselton (alternate route) Bussell Highway southbound is the main route to Busselton
Busselton Yalyalup 41.9 26.0 Sues Road – Nannup, Pemberton, Augusta
43.5 27.0 Tuart Drive (Ludlow Tuart Forest Tourist Drive) – Capel (alternate route) Bussell Highway northbound is the main route to Capel
Yalyalup, Bovel, Reinscourt 46.9 29.1 Vasse Highway (State Route 104) – Nannup, Pemberton
Bovel, Reinscourt, Busselton 47.8 29.7 Busselton Bypass (State Route 10) south / Causeway Road (Bussell Highway) east – Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta, Busselton town centre Roundabout intersection; State Route 10 concurrency terminus: continues south
Busselton 49.7 30.9 Albert Street (Bussell Highway) west / Causeway Road (Bussell Highway) south / Albert Street east / Queen Street north – Busselton town centre Traffic light controlled intersection
Abbey 57.7 35.9 Caves Road to Caves Road Tourist Drive (Tourist Drive 250) – Dunsborough, Yallingup Roundabout intersection
Vasse 59.4 36.9 Busselton Bypass (State Route 10) east – Capel, Bunbury Roundabout intersection; State Route 10 concurrency terminus: continues east
Augusta-Margaret River Cowaramup 87.2 54.2 Cowaramup Bay Road – Gracetown
Margaret River 97.4 60.5 Wallcliffe Road west / Forrest Street east – Prevelly
Karridale 126 78 Brockman Highway (State Route 10) – Nannup State Route 10 also continues south along Bussell Highway to Augusta as a spur route
Augusta 140 87 Blackwood Avenue North – Augusta Hospital Highway terminus: Continue south as Blackwood Avenue towards Cape Leeuwin; State Route 10 southern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Media related to Bussell Highway at Wikimedia Commons