Cross Road, Adelaide

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Cross Road
South Australia
Cross Road, Adelaide is located in Greater Adelaide
East end
East end
West end
West end
General information
Type Road
Length 8 km (5.0 mi)
Route number(s) A3
Major junctions
East end South Eastern Freeway, Glen Osmond
West end Anzac Highway, Plympton
Major suburbs Black Forest, Clarence Gardens, Clarence Park, Edwardstown, Glandore, Hawthorn, Plympton
The eastern end of Cross Road. Urrbrae is on the left

Cross Road is a major arterial road that travels east–west through the inner southern suburbs of the Australian city of Adelaide.[1] Its western terminus is at Anzac Highway, travelling east and ending at Glen Osmond and the Adelaide Hills, joining the junction of Glen Osmond Road, Portrush Road, and South Eastern Freeway.

Route description[edit]

There are three railway level crossings along Cross Road: the Glenelg Tram in Plympton, the Seaford railway line at Emerson Crossing and the Belair railway line and Adelaide-Melbourne railway in Unley Park. South Road passes over the Emerson level crossing on a large overpass. It was built between 1982 and 1984 to reduce the traffic congestion caused by the junction and level crossing. All other junctions are at-grade, with traffic lights at main roads.

There are a number of suburbs which Cross Road passes through and borders. These are:


In a 1949 street directory, Cross Road had its current route, but was named "Cross Roads" (plural) and is shown as the aggregation of a number of local street names including:[2]

  • High Terrace (between Fullarton and Unley Roads)
  • Napier Terrace (Between Unley and Goodwood Roads)
  • South Terrace (between Goodwood and South Roads)
  • Glen Osmond Road (between South and Marion Roads)
  • Plympton Terrace (between Marion Road and Anzac Highway)

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location[3] km[4] mi Destinations[4] Notes
City of Unley, City of Mitcham Glen Osmond, Myrtle Bank, Urrbrae 0 0.0
Myrtle Bank, Urrbrae, Highgate, Netherby 1.6 0.99 Fullarton RoadEastwood, Adelaide city centre / Mitcham, Belair
Malvern, Kingswood, Unley Park, Hawthorn 3.3 2.1 Unley RoadAdelaide city centre / Belair RoadBlackwood
Unley Park, Hawthorn, Kings Park, Westbourne Park 4.3 2.7 Belair railway line and Adelaide-Melbourne railway line
Kings Park, Westbourne Park, Clarence Park, Cumberland Park 4.9 3.0 Goodwood RoadAdelaide city centre / Darlington
City of Unley, City of Mitcham, City of Marion Black Forest, Clarence Park, Clarence Gardens, Glandore, Edwardstown 6.5 4.0 Main South RoadHindmarsh / Darlington Emerson Crossing – South Road goes over a bridge, and Seaford railway line is a level crossing under the bridge, between the junction ramps
Marion South Plympton, Plympton Park 8.1 5.0 Marion RoadAdelaide Airport
City of Marion, City of West Torrens Plympton, Plympton Park 8.3 5.2 Glenelg tram
West Torrens Plympton 8.8 5.5 Anzac HighwayGlenelg
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ 2003 Adelaide Street Directory, 41st Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd). 2003. ISBN 0-7319-1441-4. 
  2. ^ "Gregory's Street Directory of Adelaide and Suburbs" (1949 ed.). Retrieved 10 July 2016 – via Open Street Map Australia. 
  3. ^ "Property Location Browser". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Google (9 July 2016). "Cross Road, Adelaide" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 July 2016.