Kidman Way

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Kidman Way
New South Wales
General information
Type Highway
Length 644 km (400 mi)
Route number(s) B87
route number
State Route 87 (?? - 2013)
Major junctions
North end Mitchell Highway (B71) /
Kamilaroi Highway (B76), Bourke, New South Wales
  Barrier Highway (A32)
Lachlan Valley Way
Mid-Western Highway (B64)
Burley Griffin Way (B94)
Sturt Highway (A20)
South end Newell Highway (A39), 16 km north of Jerilderie, New South Wales
Major settlements Cobar, Mount Hope, Hillston, Goorawin, Merriwagga, Goolgowi, Griffith, Willbriggie, Darlington Point, Waddi, Coleambally
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in New South Wales

The Kidman Way is an important highway in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, which is designated as B87.[1] It is named after Sir Sidney Kidman, Australian cattle king and philanthropist who owned a large number of cattle stations along the path, many still owned by his descendants. It is an important beef route linking the area to Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. It is fully sealed and provides motorists glimpses of the outback without resorting to four-wheel drive.

The Kidman Way runs almost 800 km through outback New South Wales. The Kidman Way officially starts just outside Jerilderie, which is 35 km north of Finley on the Newell Highway. From Jerilderie, The Kidman Way heads north through the lush Riverina area towards Griffith, passing through the small towns of Coleambally and Darlington Point, where there are some picnic areas beside the Murrumbidgee River. Griffith is a large regional centre, in the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA), surrounded by vineyards (seventy per cent of NSW’s wine is produced in this area), orchards and ricefields.

From Griffith, The Kidman Way heads north 366 km through the vast, open western plains to Cobar. This is where the outback begins, with plenty of kangaroos and emus and giant tumbleweeds roll across the roads. The first 100 or so kilometres from the MIA are still fairly green passing through towns such as Goolgowi and Merriwagga. Hillston is the next town along The Kidman Way.

The stretch between Hillston and Cobar is long, straight and unbroken except for the village of Mount Hope. There are no fuel stations between Hillston and Cobar. The Kidman Way continues 160 km through Mallee and semi-arid woodlands on to Cobar, once famous for copper. From there the road leads to Bourke, where it meets the Mitchell Highway. This provides access via Barringun to western Queensland and ultimately, via various roads, to Normanton on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ Kidman Way - Where the legend begins, Kidman Way - Backtrack to the Outback. Retrieved on 11 May 2008.