Portrush Road, Adelaide

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National Highway A17
Portrush Road / Lower Portrush Road / Ascot Avenue / Taunton Road / Hampstead Road
South Australia
Portrush Road, Adelaide is located in Greater Adelaide
North end
North end
South end
South end
Coordinates 34°50′51″S 138°37′02″E / 34.847383°S 138.617236°E / -34.847383; 138.617236
General information
Type Highway
Length 15 km (9 mi)
Route number(s) National Highway A17
Major junctions
North end

Grand Junction Road,

Gepps Cross / Northfield

Taunton Road

South end

South Eastern Freeway
Glen Osmond Road
Cross Road

Glen Osmond
Major settlements Hampstead Road Taunton Road Ascot Avenue Lower Portrush Road Portrush Road
Highway system
Highways in Australia
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Highways in South Australia

Portrush Road is a major part of National Route A17, a bypass route in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.[1]

It runs north-south through the south-eastern and eastern suburbs of Adelaide, at the foot of the Adelaide Hills. The southern end is at the beginning of National Route M1, the South Eastern Freeway (the major route from Melbourne and the south-east of South Australia), which is also the intersection with the south-eastern ends of Cross Road (State Route A3) and Glen Osmond Road (State Route A1).

Portrush Road extends north from there to Payneham Road (State Route A11), crossing the four major arterial routes from the south-eastern and eastern suburbs into the city: Greenhill Road, Kensington Road, The Parade and Magill Road. Portrush road carries approximately 36,000 vehicles per day, including heavy freight trucks.[2] It is an authorised route for trucks up to 26 metres (85 ft) B-double and 25 metres (82 ft) vehicle carrier size.[3]

Had the Metropolitan Adelaide Transport Study of the 1960s progressed, a Hills Freeway would have been constructed to link the South Eastern Freeway to the Port of Adelaide. This would have subsequently removed the freight that utilises Portrush Road (and the A17 Route altogether) today.


At Payneham Road, the A17 turns north-west and changes name to Lower Portrush Road. As it crosses the River Torrens, it changes name to Ascot Avenue. At the intersection with North East Road (State Route A10), it changes name to Taunton Road. At the end of Taunton Road, it turns north again and changes name to Hampstead Road, continuing north and terminating at the intersection with Grand Junction Road, (National Route A16).

The A17 (Portrush Road - Hampstead Road) and the A16 (Grand Junction Road) constitute the major heavy road transport route through suburban Adelaide from Port Adelaide and anywhere north of Adelaide to the South East of South Australia and the adjacent state of Victoria.

See also[edit]

Australian Roads portal


  1. ^ 2003 Adelaide Street Directory, 41st Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd). 2003. ISBN 0-7319-1441-4. 
  2. ^ "Greenways and bike boulevards". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. 12 March 2015. Norwood-Magill Bicycle Boulevard. Retrieved 3 April 2015. Portrush Road is a busy freight route carrying an average of 36,000 motor vehicles per day. 
  3. ^ "RAVnet - Heavy vehicle routing, South Australia". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
Portrush Road facing north, passing by Glenunga and Linden Park.