Lincoln Highway (Australia)

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Lincoln Highway
South Australia
General information
Type Highway
Length 327 km (203 mi)
Route number(s) B100
route number
Alternate National Route 1
Major junctions
NE end Eyre Highway, 26km west of Port Augusta, South Australia
SW end Flinders Highway, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Major settlements Whyalla, Cowell, Arno Bay, Tumby Bay
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in South Australia

Lincoln Highway links Port Augusta and Port Lincoln, both located in South Australia, a distance of 327 kilometres. It was formerly designated as National Route Alternate 1 and is currently B100.

Sealed with bitumen, it has many straight stretches with few steep inclines or declines, and for the most part has a 110 kph speed limit. The highway runs along the eastern coast of the Eyre Peninsula but just so far inland as to allow only glimpses of the Gulf in certain places.

The first Europeans to traverse most of this route, in April 1840, were Governor Gawler and John Hill, who explored on horseback from Port Lincoln to near the Middleback Range (Whyalla).

In general, after leaving Port Augusta the highway passes through hot and arid saltbush-covered and scrub terrain. It soon passes through the largest and most significant town along the route, which is the steel city of Whyalla. Continuing southwest it connects with such coastal towns as Cowell, Port Neill and Arno Bay which have good fishing spots. The terrain here is interspersed with broad-acre grain cropping in suitable localities, and the scenery gets greener the more it heads southwest towards Port Lincoln.

Port Lincoln itself is a prosperous fishing port and an important grain terminal serving the Eyre Peninsula wheatbelt. Japanese demand for freshest tuna made many of the fishermen millionaires.


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