Bruxner Highway

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Bruxner Highway
New South Wales
The Bruxner Highway at Drake.
General information
Type Highway
Length 420 km (261 mi)[1]
Route number(s)
route number
Major junctions
West end
East end
Major settlements
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in New South Wales

The Bruxner Highway is a 420-kilometre (260 mi)[1]state highway located in New South Wales, Australia. The highway forms an east-west link from the Northern Rivers coast, across the Northern Tablelands in northern New South Wales, close to the border with Queensland.

The highway was named on 2 November 1959 in honour of Sir Michael Bruxner, member for Northern Tablelands and Tenterfield from 1920 to 1962, leader of the New South Wales Country Party for almost all that period and Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport from 1932 to 1941.[2][3]


The eastern terminus of the Bruxner Highway[4] is at the junction with the Pacific Highway at Ballina and links Lismore, Casino, Mummulgum, Drake, Tenterfield, Bonshaw and Boggabilla where its western terminus is at a junction with the Newell Highway.

This state based road forms an important link between Ballina and Casino via Lismore. At Alstonville (near Ballina), a $90 million bypass has been allocated from the Federal Government at the cost of funds from the National Highway scheme. There is a proposal for a fully duplicated highway from the Pacific Highway junction to Lismore Airport. Further west from Tenterfield and the Bruxner Highway runs parallel and close to the Dumaresq River along with the Queensland border to Goondiwindi via Boggabilla and the Newell Highway.

National Route 44 was only signposted from the Pacific Highway near Ballina to the New England Highway in Tenterfield. It was intended that National Route 44 continued to Boggabilla to meet with the Newell Highway, however primarily because the highway is administered by the local government, as well as a short 4 km unsealed section between Yetman and Boggabilla, which goes against the route numbering protocol to not sign routes on unsealed roads, this part of the highway was never signed as National Route 44.

In 2013, as part of the alphanumeric route scheme, B60 replaced National Route 44 between Ballina and Tenterfield.[5]

Speed Limit[edit]

The speed limit of the Bruxner Highway is mostly 100 km/h with 80 km/h on windy sections and 50 km/h in urban areas. The speed limit is 60 km/h through the Lismore urban area with a high volume of traffic. There is a speed camera in the 80 km/h section near the Lismore City and Ballina Shire boundary.

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km[1] mi Destinations Notes
Moree Plains Boggabilla 0 0.0 Newell Highway (A39) – Moree, Goondiwindi Western highway terminus, continues north as Newell Highway
7.9 4.9 Boggabilla–Warialda Road – North Star, Warialda
Inverell Yetman 60.4 37.5 Warialda Road (B95)  – Warialda, Inverell
Texas 101 63 Texas Road – Texas
Bonshaw 130 81 Inverell–Bonshaw Road – Ashford, Inverell
Tenterfield Tenterfield 230 140 New England Highway (A15 / B60 south) – Warwick, Tenterfield Eastbound traffic continues south on New England Highway
Gap in route
Tenterfield Tenterfield 235 146 New England Highway (A15 / B60 north) – Glen Innes, Bonshaw, Warwick Westbound traffic continues north on New England Highway
Clarence River 306 190 Tabulam Bridge
Kyogle Tabulam 314 195 Clarence Way – Baryulgil, Grafton
Richmond Valley Casino 361 224 Summerland Way (B91) south – Grafton B91 southern concurrency terminus; roundabout
Richmond River 362 225 Irving Bridge
Richmond Valley Casino 363 226 Summerland Way (B91) west – Kyogle, Woodenbong B91 northern concurrency terminus; roundabout
Lismore South Lismore 391 243 Union Street north / Elliot Road west – Kyogle, Nimbin Roundabout
Wilsons River 392 244 Bridge over river
Lismore Lismore 393 244 Dawson Street to Bangalow Road (B62) – Clunes, Bangalow, Byron Bay Roundabout
Ballina West Ballina 420 260 Pacific Highway (A1) – Ballina, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Sydney Roundabout interchange; eastern highway terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Google (2 June 2014). "Bruxner Highway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Aitkin, Don. "Bruxner, Sir Michael Frederick (1882 - 1970)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 5 April 2007. 
  3. ^ "The Bruxner Highway" (PDF). Main Roads. Deparmtent of Main Roads, Government of New South Wales: 59–68. March 1968. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bruxner Highway". Ozroads: the Australian Roads Website. Retrieved 9 April 2010. [self-published source]
  5. ^ "Road number and name changes in NSW" (PDF). Roads & Maritime Services. Government of New South Wales. 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 

External links[edit]

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