Olympic Highway

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For the Olympic Highway in the U.S. state of Washington, see U.S. Route 101 in Washington.
Olympic Highway
New South Wales
Road map showing a northeast-southwest road in southern New South Wales (west of the Australian Capital Territory)
Map of south-eastern Australia with Olympic Highway highlighted in green
General information
Type Highway
Length 318 km (198 mi)
Route number(s) A41
route number
National Route 41
Major junctions
Northeast end Mid-Western Highway (A41), Cowra
  Sturt Highway (A20)
Southwest end Hume Highway (M31), Table Top
Major settlements Young, Cootamundra, Wagga Wagga, Culcairn
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in New South Wales

The Olympic Highway[1] is a state highway in New South Wales, Australia.


The highway links Cowra and Albury at a distance of 318 kilometres (198 mi). It is designated National Route 41 and was formerly known simply as the Olympic Way. It was named as it was the path that the Olympic Torch took on its journey to Melbourne for the 1956 Summer Olympics.[2]

From Albury to Cootamundra it runs parallel with the Sydney–Melbourne railway line. Olympic Highway offers an alternative route from Albury to Sydney as it links Hume Highway to Mid-Western Highway and Great Western Highway via Bathurst.

Major towns en route include:

Olympic Torch relay[edit]

For the 1956 Summer Olympics the Olympic Flame, or torch, was carried along the street from Cowra to Wagga Wagga.[citation needed] The torch was carried from Cairns to Melbourne.[2] For the 2000 Summer Olympics the torch was carried from Wagga Wagga to Cowra in mid-August en route to Sydney.


Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km[3] Mile Destinations Notes
Cowra Cowra 0 0 Mid-Western Highway (A41 east / B64 west) – Grenfell, Forbes, Bathurst, Canowindra Northen highway terminus
Young Koorawatha 25.6 15.9 Greenethorpe–Koorawatha Road west / Prince Street south – Greenethorpe
Young 67.3 41.8 Iandra Avenue to Henry Lawson Way – Grenfell, Forbes
69.1 42.9 Lovell Street to Murringo Road east / to Boorowa Street west – Murringo, Boorowa Roundabout
Harden Wombat 83.4 51.8 Harden–Wombat Road – Murrumburrah, Harden
Cootamundra Wallendbeen 91.1 56.6 Burley Griffin Way (B94) – Harden, Yass, Temora, Griffith Roundabout
Junee Junee 171 106 Wantabadgery Road – Gundagai
171.1 106.3 Broadway Street to Junee–Coolamon Road – Coolamon, Temora Roundabout
172 107 Kemp Street to Junee–Harefield Road – Harefield
Old Junee 179 111 Goldfields Way (B85)  – Temora, West Wyalong
Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga 206 128 Coolamon Road – Coolamon, Ardlethan Roundabout
213 132 Sturt Highway (A20) east – Gundagai Sturt Highway (A20) eastern concurrency terminus
215 134 Sturt Highway (A20) west – Narrandera Sturt Highway (A20) western concurrency terminus
Lockhart The Rock 241 150 Urana Street – Lockhart, Collingullie, Mangoplah
Greater Hume Culcairn 288 179 Balfour Street east to Culcairn–Holbrook Road / Mellville Street south – Holbrook
288.1 179.0 Balfour Street west to Culcairn Road / Railway Parade north – Walbundrie Roundabout
Gerogery 307 191 Main Street to Gregory Road – Jindera, Burrumbuttock
Albury Table Top 318 198 Hume Highway (M31) – Albury, Melbourne, Gundagai Southern highway terminus; trumpet interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Olympic Highway at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°52′12″S 147°32′40″E / 34.87000°S 147.54444°E / -34.87000; 147.54444