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New South Wales
|Map of south-eastern Australia with Olympic Highway highlighted in green|
|Length||318 km (198 mi)|
|National Route 41|
|Northeast end||Mid-Western Highway (A41), Cowra|
|Sturt Highway (A20)|
|Southwest end||Hume Highway (M31), Table Top|
|Major settlements||Young, Cootamundra, Wagga Wagga, Culcairn|
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.
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
For the 1956 Summer Olympics the Olympic Flame, or torch, was carried along the street from Cowra to Wagga Wagga. The torch was carried from Cairns to Melbourne. For the 2000 Summer Olympics the torch was carried from Wagga Wagga to Cowra in mid-August en route to Sydney.
Major Intersections and Towns
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