Lawrence Hargrave Drive

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Lawrence Hargrave Drive
New South Wales
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Lawrence Hargrave Drive
General information
Type Rural road
Length 18.7 km (12 mi)
Major junctions
North end Old Princes Highway, Helensburgh[1]
South end Bottom of Bulli Pass, Princes Highway, Thirroul[1]
Location(s)
Major settlements Stanwell Park, Austinmer[1]
View from Bald Hill lookout, with Lawrence Hargrave Drive visible following the coast towards Wollongong and the Sea Cliff Bridge on the second headland.

Lawrence Hargrave Drive is a scenic coastal road and popular tourist drive connecting the northernmost suburbs of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia to both Wollongong and Sydney.

It was originally constructed in the 1870s.

The road begins at the Old Princes Highway, Helensburgh (Southern Freeway exit) and passes through Stanwell Tops to descend the steep Illawarra Escarpment at Bald Hill, the site of a spectacular lookout and hang gliding area. The road then passes south through Stanwell Park and Coalcliff to cross the renowned Sea Cliff Bridge. The Sea Cliff Bridge construction was completed in December 2005, replacing the former cliff-hugging route which was prone to rockfalls and consequent closures.[2] The road then winds its way through the coastal villages of Clifton, Scarborough, Wombarra, Coledale, Austinmer and finally Thirroul where it meets the Princes Highway at the bottom of Bulli Pass.

The road was formerly known as Lower Coast Road until 1947 when it was renamed after Lawrence Hargrave, an Australian aviation pioneer and explorer who had a house at Stanwell Park and flew his devices from Bald Hill.

See also[edit]

Australian Roads portal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wollongong Street Directory, 18th Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Publishers Pty Ltd). 2006. ISBN 0-7319-1706-5. 
  2. ^ "Lawrence Hargrave Drive". Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW. Retrieved 2009-01-03.