Port Wakefield Road

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Port Wakefield Road
South Australia
General information
Type Highway
Length 92 km (57 mi)
Route number(s)
  • National Highway A1
  • (Port Wakefield - Dry Creek)
  • A1
  • (Dry Creek - Gepps Cross)
Former
route number
National Highway 1
Major junctions
North end Augusta Highway (Snowtown Road), Port Wakefield, South Australia
 
South end Main North Road, Gepps Cross, Adelaide
Location(s)
Major settlements Two Wells, Virginia, Cavan, Gepps Cross
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in South Australia

Port Wakefield Road is an important Australian highway. It connects Adelaide, the South Australian capital, to the Yorke Peninsula, Port Augusta, northern and western South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. It is designated National Highway A1 and a part of the National Highway. It is named after Port Wakefield, the first government town north of Adelaide.

Port Wakefield Road branches off of Main North Road at Gepps Cross in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. The highway is dual-carriageway until Port Wakefield and bypasses all of the small towns along its former route. The original bypass of Port Wakefield is now built up with roadhouses and other businesses, leading to calls to build a new bypass further east.[1]

In 2011 an upgrade including road widening of nine kilometres of Port Wakefield Road between Salisbury Highway and Waterloo Corner Road was completed as part of the Northern Expressway project.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km[3] Mile Destinations Notes
Port Adelaide Enfield Blair AtholEnfieldGepps Cross tripoint 0 0 Grand Junction Road (National Highway A16) / Main North Road (A1 south / A20 north-east) – Port Adelaide, Adelaide, Elizabeth, Gawler Southern terminus; five-way traffic light intersection
Gepps Cross–Dry Creek boundary 1.2 0.7 Cavan Road (A22) – Port Adelaide
Salisbury Cavan 2.3 1.4 Montague Road east / Churchill Road North westbound – Elizabeth
Dry Creek–Mawson Lakes boundary 4.0 2.5 Salisbury Highway (National Highway A13 south-west / A13 north-east) – Port Adelaide, Salisbury Diamond interchange; route transition: A1 northern terminus, National Highway A1 southern terminus
BolivarParalowie 9.4 5.8 Bolivar Road to Kings Road (A18) – Modbury
Waterloo Corner 13.0 8.1 Waterloo Corner Road – Angle Vale
Playford 15.7–
17.0
9.8–
10.6
Northern Expressway (National Highway M20) north-east – Gawler, Renmark Partial T interchange: no access south-westbound to northbound
Wakefield Port Wakefield 87.3 54.2 Augusta Highway (National Highway A1) north / Port Wakefield–Auburn Road (B84) north-east / North Street west – Port Augusta, Balaklava Northern highway terminus; continues as Augusta Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Towns[edit]

Approximate road distances (in kilometres) of towns along the Port Wakefield Road from Main North Road, Adelaide

Port Wakefield Road passes through the northern Adelaide Plains. To the west of the road is the coastal fringe of upper Gulf St Vincent, including a number of fishing and holiday villages. To the east is rich cropping and farming land.

The list of towns on or near the road include:

See also[edit]

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References[edit]