Illawarra Highway

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Illawarra Highway
New South Wales
General information
Type Highway
Length 62 km (39 mi)
Route number(s)
  • A48
  • (Entire Route)
Former
route number
  • National Route 48
  • (Prior to 2013)
Major junctions
West end
  for full list see major intersections
East end
Location(s)
Major settlements
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in New South Wales

The Illawarra Highway is a state highway in New South Wales, Australia. It connects Wollongong to the Southern Highlands and links the Princes Highway and Hume Highway.[1][2]

Route[edit]

It is named after the geographical area it crosses, the Illawarra region. Typical scenery is beautiful as it crosses the Macquarie Valley (Shellharbour) and the spectacular Macquarie Pass, with many hairpin bends and steep gradients, unsuitable for large and articulated vehicles. Trucks are instead advised to use the Mount Keira Road (Route B88), also known as Picton Road. The pass has one of the southernmost stands of Australia's sub tropical rainforest.

The main towns en route are Albion Park in the Shellharbour area and Robertson and Moss Vale on the Southern Highlands. Spectacular National Parks surrounds them. Both Robertson and Moss Vale are quaint country towns with 19th-century buildings still intact, While Albion Park is an inland town of Shellharbour

Major intersections and towns[edit]

Illawarra Highway
Westbound Distance to
Goulburn
(km)
Distance to
Wollongong
(km)
Eastbound
End Illawarra Highway
continues as Canyonleigh Road
to Canyonleigh
-- 81.5 Start Illawarra Highway
from Canyonleigh Road
Mittagong, Campbelltown, Sydney
Hume Highway Grade Separated Intersection On/Off Ramp Intersection Sydney Airport
Mittagong, Campbelltown, Sydney
Hume Highway Grade Separated Intersection On/Off Ramp Intersection Sydney Airport
Goulburn, Canberra, Melbourne
Hume Highway Grade Separated Intersection On/Off Ramp Intersection
57 81 Goulburn, Canberra, Melbourne
Hume Highway Grade Separated Intersection On/Off Ramp Intersection
Exeter
Exeter Road High Speed Intersection
63 75 Sutton Forest
Sutton Forest Exeter
Exeter Road High Speed Intersection
Westbound Distance to
Moss Vale
(km)
Distance to
Wollongong
(km)
Eastbound
MAIN SOUTHERN RAIL LINE 0 69 Moss Vale
Moss Vale MAIN SOUTHERN RAIL LINE
Bowral, Mittagong, Sydney
Argyle Road Australia R1-3.svg Sydney Airport
1 68 Bowral, Mittagong
Argyle Road Australia R1-3.svg
Nowra
Nowra Road High Speed Intersection
5 64 Kangaroo Valley, Nowra
Nowra Road High Speed Intersection
Nowra, Mittagong
Sheepwash Road High Speed Intersection
11 58 Mittagong, Nowra
Sheepwash Road High Speed Intersection
UNANDERRA-MOSS VALE RAIL LINE
Level Crossing
21 48 UNANDERRA-MOSS VALE RAIL LINE
Level Crossing
Robertson 22 47 Robertson
UNANDERRA-MOSS VALE RAIL LINE 25 44 UNANDERRA-MOSS VALE RAIL LINE
Jamberoo, Kiama
Jamberoo Mountain Road High Speed Intersection
25.5 43.5 Jamberoo, Kiama
Jamberoo Mountain Road High Speed Intersection
UNANDERRA-MOSS VALE RAIL LINE 26.5 42.5 UNANDERRA-MOSS VALE RAIL LINE
UNANDERRA-MOSS VALE RAIL LINE 28 41 UNANDERRA-MOSS VALE RAIL LINE
Shellharbour
Tongarra Road Australia W3-3.svg
46.5 22.5 Albion Park
Albion Park Shellharbour, Kiama
Tongarra Road Australia W3-3.svg
Start Illawarra Highway 49 20 End Illawarra Highway
Australia R1-3.svg Roundabout (clockwise from highway)
Princes Highway to Wollongong and Sydney Sydney Airport
Princes Highway to Shellharbour, Kiama and Nowra

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Route 48, Ozroads: the Australian Roads Website. Retrieved on 11 May 2008.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Illawarra Highway, Hotkey. Retrieved on 11 May 2008.[self-published source]