Main North Road

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Main North Road
South Australia
MainNorth1.jpg
Looking south at Main North Road's southern (city) end. According to signage, this section is not a part of the National Highway.
Main North Road is located in South Australia
North end
North end
South end
South end
Coordinates
General information
Type Road
Length 307 km (191 mi)[1]
Route number(s)
  • B56
  • (Winninowie-Wilmington)
  • B82
  • (Wilmington-Giles Corner)
  • A32
  • (Giles Corner-Gawler)
  • A52
  • (Gawler-Gepps Cross)
  • A1
  • (Gepps Cross-North Adelaide)
Former
route number
  • National Route 56
  • (Stirling North-Wilmington)
  • National Route 32
  • (Giles Corner-Gawler)
  • National Highway A20
  • (Gawler-Gepps Cross)
  • National Highway 1
  • (Gepps Cross-North Adelaide)
Major junctions
North end Augusta Highway, Winninowie near Port Augusta, South Australia
 
South end Barton Terrace and O'Connell Street, North Adelaide
Location(s)
Major suburbs Wilmington, Gladstone, Clare, Giles Corner, Gawler, Elizabeth

Main North Road is the major north-south arterial route through the suburbs north of the Adelaide City Centre in the city of Adelaide, South Australia.[2] It continues north through the settled areas of South Australia and is a total of 307 kilometres (191 mi) long, from North Adelaide to 21 kilometres (13 mi) out of Port Augusta.[1] It follows the route established in the early years of the colony by explorer John Horrocks and was a major route for farmers and graziers to reach the capital, passing through rich farmland and the Clare Valley wine region. In 2011, the section of road between Gawler to Wilmington was renamed Horrocks Highway.[3]

Horrocks Highway[edit]

Main North Road from Gawler to Wilmington was renamed to the Horrocks Highway in 2011 to honour John Horrocks, an early explorer and pioneer in the region.[3] However while Main North Road turns west in Wilmington through Horrocks Pass to join the Augusta Highway as route B56, route B82 carries the name Horrocks Highway north to Quorn.[4]

Route description[edit]

Main North Road branches from the northern end of O'Connell Street (North Adelaide) and passes through the Adelaide Parklands and the suburbs of Thorngate, Medindie, Medindie Gardens, Nailsworth, Prospect, Sefton Park, Blair Athol and Enfield before reaching the major intersection at Gepps Cross. Here the road forks, with the Port Wakefield Road (A1 - National Highway 1) continuing to the north, and the Main North Road turning northeast and continuing as route A52.

It continues through the outer northern suburbs, passing Mawson Lakes and Salisbury, crossing the Little Para River and passing Elizabeth and Smithfield before entering Gawler. In Gawler, it crosses the South Para and North Para Rivers, and the Barossa Valley Way branches to the east between them. Just north of Gawler, it passes under the Sturt Highway which heads east to the Barossa Valley, Riverland, northern Victoria and New South Wales.

This is where the name Horrocks Highway takes over from the historic name of Main North Road. The environment changes from the urban environment to undulating land, mostly cleared for grain cropping. Several of the towns have grain storage bunkers or silos. It crosses the Light River then crosses and follows the Gilbert River to where the Barrier Highway branches northeast towards Riverton and Burra.

Over the next ridge, it crosses the Wakefield River and enters the southern end of the Clare Valley. The dominant scenery changes from grain crops to grapevines from Auburn to Clare, then returns to grain fields again north of the Hutt River as it passes through the Southern Flinders Ranges. It crosses the Broughton River near Yacka and on to Wilmington at the eastern side of Horrocks Pass. As the Horrocks Highway is in the valley between the southern Flinders Ranges and northern Mount Lofty Ranges, it is in the relatively wetter climate south of Goyder's Line.

At Wilmington, Main North Road diverges from the Horrocks Highway. Main North Road turns northwest from Wilmington to pass through Horrocks Pass to Winninowie where it meets the Augusta Highway 21 kilometres (13 mi) south of Port Augusta. The Horrocks Highway continues northwards from Wilmington to Quorn.[5]

Commuter route[edit]

In the metropolitan area, the road is a major commuter route to the central business district in the Adelaide city centre.

The portion of Main North Road between the city centre and Mawson Lakes is a 15-minute public transport 'Go Zone', with the maximum wait for a bus being 15 minutes during peak times (7:30 am – 6:30 pm weekdays) and 30 minutes on weekends and evenings.[6] Bus routes via Main North Road generally begin with the prefix "22x". The bus service is provided by SouthLink for Adelaide Metro.

Route numbers[edit]

From North Adelaide, the route numbers used along the road are:

In late 2010 when the Northern Expressway was completed, National Highway A20 was diverted to the new road as National Highway M20. Main North Road and the southern section of the Gawler Bypass Road were then designated as State Route A52.

LGA Location km[1] mi Destinations[5] Notes
Port Augusta Winninowie 0 0.0 Augusta Highway (National Highway A1), 21 kilometres (13 mi) south of Port Augusta As
Mount Remarkable Wilmington 20 12 Horrocks Highway (B82) – Quorn west, south
23 14 Wilmington-Ucolta Road (B56) – Orroroo and concurrent for 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south of Wilmington
Murray Town 59 37 Nukunu Yarta Way – Booleroo Centre
62 39 Germein Gorge Road – Port Germein
Northern Areas Laura 90 56 Possum Park Road – Crystal Brook
Gladstone 100 62 Wilkins Highway (B79) – Crystal Brook, Jamestown, Hallett
Gulnare 122 76 Goyder Highway (B64) – Crystal Brook / Goyder Highway (B64) – Spalding, Burra, Morgan, Renmark concurrent for 2 kilometres (1.2 mi)
Wakefield Brinkworth 150 93 Condowie Plain Road – Snowtown
Clare and Gilbert Valleys Bungaree 163 101 RM Williams Way (B80) – Spalding, Jamestown
Clare 175 109 Blyth Road – Blyth / Farrell Flat Road – Burra
Auburn 200 120 Saddleworth Road (B84) – Saddleworth / Balaklava Road (B84) – Balaklava, Port Wakefield concurrent for 200 metres (660 ft) in the town
Giles Corner 225 140 Barrier Highway (A32) – Burra, Hallett, Broken Hill north, south
Tarlee 230 140 Tarlee Road – Kapunda
Light Templers 253 157 Templers Road – Freeling / Owen Road – Hamley Bridge, Owen, Balaklava
Gawler Belt 264 164 Thiele Highway (B81) – Freeling, Kapunda, Eudunda, Morgan
265 165 Sturt Highway (A20) – Nuriootpa, Renmark, Adelaide north, south
Gawler Gawler 268 167 Barossa Valley Way (B19) – Lyndoch, Tanunda, Nuriootpa
Playford Elizabeth Vale 287 178 John Rice AvenueSalisbury, Port Adelaide
Salisbury Salisbury South, Salisbury East, Parafield, Para Hills West 293 182 Kings Road / McIntyre Road
Port Adelaide Enfield Gepps Cross 300 190 Grand Junction Road (A16) north, south
Prospect Prospect, Enfield, Sefton Park 303 188 Regency Road
City of Prospect, Town of Walkerville, City of Adelaide Thorngate, Medindie, North Adelaide 306 190 City Ring Route, Adelaide (A21)
Adelaide North Adelaide 307 191 Continues as O'Connell Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Google (31 January 2016). "Main North Road" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  2. ^ 2003 Adelaide Street Directory, 41st Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd). 2003. ISBN 0-7319-1441-4. 
  3. ^ a b "Highways renamed" (PDF). The Flinders News. Rural Press. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Highway One gets a change of name". Plains Producer. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Mid North" (PDF) (Map). Rural road maps (PDF). Naming of State Rural Roads. Government of South Australia. 16 December 2013. Rack Plan 869. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "FAQs: What is a Go Zone?". AdelaideMetro.com.au. Retrieved 24 March 2015.