Kamilaroi Highway

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Kamilaroi Highway
New South Wales
Cryon 5.JPG
A small mirage on the Kamilaroi Highway near Cryon.
General information
Type Highway
Length 605 km (376 mi)[1]
Route number(s)
Former
route number
Major junctions
NW end
 
SE end
Location(s)
Major settlements Brewarrina, Walgett, Cryon, Burren Junction, Wee Waa, Narrabri, Boggabri, Gunnedah, Curlewis, Breeza, Quirindi, Braefield
Highway system

The Kamilaroi Highway is a 605-kilometre (376 mi)[1] state highway located in the north-western region of New South Wales, Australia. The highway's northwestern terminus is at a junction with the Mitchell Highway at Bourke. Its southeastern terminus is a junction with the New England Highway north of Willow Tree.

The highway is named after the Kamilaroi Indigenous Australian people who live in the area.[citation needed]

History[edit]

It was formerly signed National Route 37, poorly west of Walgett. This route was replaced by the alpha numeric route number B51 between the New England Highway and Newell Highway, before continuing to Walgett unnumbered. Here at its junction with the Castlereagh Highway it becomes the B76, and continues along the formerly largely unsigned part of National Route 37 towards Bourke and the Mitchell Highway. Its status as a highway is fairly new, having only become State Highway 29 in February 1999, the same point in time that it was named the Kamilaroi Highway.

The Kamilaroi Highway crosses the Bogan River 43 kilometres (27 mi) east of Bourke.[2]

The Brewarrina Lift Bridge which was built in 1888 over Barwon River on the Kamilaroi Highway has been assessed as being of State significance.[3]

Major junctions[edit]

LGA Location km[1] mi Destinations Notes
Bourke Bourke 0 0.0 Mitchell Highway (B71) – Nyngan, Dubbo, Bathurst, Cunnamulla
Kidman Way (B87) – Cobar
T intersection northwestern terminus;
north and southeast (B71) as the Mitchell Highway;
south (B87) as the Kidman Way
Barwon River 42 26 Bourke Bridge
Brewarrina Brewarrina 97 60 Belmore Street – Walgett, Goodooga Uncontrolled 4-way intersection; Kamilaroi Highway (B76) continues east
Barwon River 99 62 Brewarrina Lift Bridge
Brewarrina Brewarrina 105 65 Goodooga Road – Goodooga T intersection; Kamilaroi Highway (B76) continues southeast
Barwon River 224 139 Dangar Bridge
Walgett Walgett 223 139 Ginge Road T intersection; Kamilaroi Highway (B76) continues south
230 140 Castlereagh Highway (B55) – Lightning Ridge, Coonamble Roundabout; Kamilaroi Highway (B76) continues east
Namoi River 231 144 Bridge (no known official name)
Walgett Walgett 235 146 Castlereagh Highway (B55) (B76) – Lightning Ridge, Collarenebri T intersection; concurrency terminus; Kamilaroi Highway continues south
Namoi River 370 230 Tulladunna Bridge
Namoi River 379 235 Collins Bridge
Narrabri Narrabri 412 256 Newell Highway (A39) – Narrabri, Gunnedah, Moree T intersection; Kamilaroi Highway continues south
Narrabri Creek 413 257 Narrabri Creek Bridge
Narrabri Narrabri 417 259 Newell Highway (A39) – Dubbo Roundabout; concurrency terminus; Kamilaroi Highway (B51) continues southeast
Gunnedah Gunnedah 509 316 Oxley Highway (B56) – Coonabarabran, Mudgee, Tamworth Uncontrolled 4-way intersection; Kamilaroi Highway continues south
512 318 Oxley Highway (B56) / Kamilaroi Highway (B71) – Tamworth, Port Macquarie Roundabout; concurrency terminus; Kamilaroi Highway (B51) continues south
Liverpool Plains Willow Tree 605 376 New England Highway (A15) – Willow Tree, Singleton, Tamworth to Newcastle, Warwick Directional T interchange; southeastern terminus; continues north and south as the New England Highway (A15)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Route attractions and features[edit]

Approximately 5 kilometres (3 mi) north of Boggabri is a spectacular landmark called Gin’s Leap, that was known in the days of Cobb and Co as "The Rock". It is said that a young Aboriginal girl, being pursued by white settlers on horseback, jumped to her death rather than be raped and shot like others in her family.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 1 Warraweena Street, Bourke NSW 2840 to New England Highway, Willow Tree NSW 2339 (Map). Google Maps, Google Inc. 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bogan River Bridge Replacement HW29". NSW eTendering. Government of New South Wales. 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Brewarrina Bridge over Barwon River, The". Office of Heritage & Environment. Government of New South Wales. 14 August 2002. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Elder, Bruce. Blood on the Wattle: Massacres and maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians since 1788. New Holland Publishers Ltd. ISBN 1864364106. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kamilaroi Highway at Wikimedia Commons