Illawarra Highway

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Illawarra Highway
New South Wales
General information
Type Highway
Length 62 km (39 mi)
Route number(s)
  • A48
  • (Entire Route)
route number
  • National Route 48
  • (Prior to 2013)
Major junctions
West end
  for full list see major intersections
East end
Major settlements
Highway system

The Illawarra Highway is a state highway in New South Wales, Australia. It connects Wollongong to the Southern Highlands and links the Princes Highway and Hume Highway.[1][2]


It is named after the geographical area it crosses, the Illawarra region. Typical scenery is beautiful as it crosses the Macquarie Valley (Shellharbour) and the spectacular Macquarie Pass, with many hairpin bends and steep gradients, unsuitable for large and articulated vehicles. Trucks are instead advised to use the Mount Ousley Road (Route B88), also known as Picton Road. The pass has one of the southernmost stands of Australia's sub tropical rainforest.

The main towns en route are Albion Park in the Shellharbour area and Robertson and Moss Vale on the Southern Highlands. Spectacular National Parks surrounds them. Both Robertson and Moss Vale are quaint country towns with 19th-century buildings still intact, While Albion Park is an inland town of Shellharbour

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km[3] mi Destinations Notes
Wingecarribee Sutton Forest 0.0 0.0 Hume Highway (M31) / Canyonleigh Road west – Sydney, Goulburn, Canyonleigh Western terminus at diamond interchange; continues west as Canyonleigh Road
6.8 4.2 Exeter Road – Exeter
Moss Vale 13.5 8.4 Argyle Road (Old Hume Highway) east / Sutton Road north – Bowral, Mittagong Roundabout
17.3 10.7 Nowra Road – Kangaroo Valley, Nowra
Avoca 23.6 14.7 Sheepwash Road – Nowra, Mittagong
Robertson 37.7 23.4 Jamberoo Mountain Road – Jamberoo, Kiama
Shellharbour Albion Park 59.4 36.9 Tongarra Road east / Terry Street south – Shellharbour, Kiama Traffic light intersection
Albion Park Rail 62.1 38.6 Princes Motorway (M1) north / Princes Highway (A1) south – Wollongong, Sydney, Kiama, Nowra Eastern terminus at roundabout
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Route 48, Ozroads: the Australian Roads Website. Retrieved on 11 May 2008.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Illawarra Highway, Hotkey. Retrieved on 11 May 2008.[self-published source]
  3. ^ Google (3 February 2016). "Illawarra Highway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 3 February 2016.