Freeways in Australia

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This is a list of freeways (or motorways) in Australia, sorted by states and territories and their corresponding routes. This list includes tollways / toll roads such as the CityLink freeway system in Melbourne. This list has over 70 entries. The only jurisdiction in Australia without freeways is the Northern Territory. Victoria has the largest and densest freeway network in Australia.

Australian Capital Territory[edit]

*Partially limited-access

Tasmania[edit]

Brooker Highway at Risdon Road

While the overall quality of Tasmania's Highway network has been constructed to a high standard, its grade separated Freeway network is limited. In the past, Hobart and Launceston have each had comprehensive transport studies conducted, proposing Grade separated Freeways running through and around them. While some of these roads have been constructed, the majority are limited access featuring At-grade intersections. Devonport and Burnie are the only major population centres with Freeway standard roads linking each other. There has been repeated proposals in recent years to fully upgrade the Midland Highway to grade separated Freeway standards.[1][2]
This List is limited to Tasmania's Freeway standard Roads.

Hobart Region[edit]

The Tasman Highway at approaching the Hobart city centre

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Rural Region[edit]

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New South Wales[edit]

Sydney region[edit]

Rural region[edit]

Under Construction[edit]

Queensland[edit]

Brisbane region[edit]

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Gold Coast region[edit]

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Sunshine Coast region[edit]

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Townsville region[edit]

South Australia[edit]

Adelaide-Crafers Highway just north of the Heysen Tunnels

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Victoria[edit]

Victoria has the largest number and highest density of freeways in Australia, with the majority being located in Melbourne City or the metropolitan areas.

The reason behind Victoria having a high density of arterial roads, highways and freeways, is due to a low population density over a large area (like most of Australia), where towns are sparse or located a significant distance from each other; but with Victoria having towns located throughout the entire state, with large numbers of inhabitants, in both urban and rural areas (many of which are major) such as Ballarat or Bendigo. This is compared to New South Wales (for instance), where the majority of the state to the central and west is rural and has hardly any inhabitants.

Eastern Freeway, looking towards Melbourne city[3]
The Calder Freeway. Inbound (Melbourne-bound) carriageway, approaching Mount Macedon and its exit.
West Gate Freeway, approaching the CityLink toll section in Melbourne.

Melbourne region (Urban Freeways)[edit]

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Rural region (Rural Freeways)[edit]

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Note: 'East' and 'West' sections are officially part of the same freeway and route corridor.

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Under Construction[edit]

Western Australia[edit]

See also[edit]

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