Major roads in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia

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Main Roads Western Australia controls the major roads in the state's Gascoyne region.[1] North West Coastal Highway, a north-south route near the coastline, is the main highway the region. A series of main roads connect coastal towns to the highway, and local roads provide additional links and access to the inland portion of the region. Roads are often named after the towns or areas they connect.[2][3]

North West Coastal Highway and the main roads in the region are important for multiple aspects of the Gascoyne's economy. These include industrial activities, particularly gold and salt mining; defence purposes; freight movement, including livestock, as there is no deep-water port in the region; and tourist traffic travelling to National Parks, such as Cape Range, Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus, and the World Heritage sites of the Shark Bay and the Ningaloo Marine Park.[4]

Burkett Road[edit]

Burkett Road
Location: Exmouth Gulf
Length: 78.51 km[5] (48.78 mi)

Burkett Road is a main east-west road in Exmouth Gulf near the northern edge of the Gascoyne. It links North West Coastal Highway with Minilya–Exmouth Road.[2]

Coral Bay Road[edit]

Coral Bay Road
Location: LyndonCoral Bay
Length: 12.42 km[5] (7.72 mi)

Coral Bay Road is a main east-west road in the northern Gascoyne, connecting the coastal town of Coral Bay with Minilya–Exmouth Road in Lyndon.[2]

Minilya–Exmouth Road[edit]

Minilya–Exmouth Road
Location: MinilyaExmouth
Length: 211.75 km[5] (131.58 mi)

Minilya–Exmouth Road,[1] also known as Minilya Exmouth Road,[2] is a major north-south road in the northern Gascoyne. From North West Coastal Highway at Minilya, it travels north to Exmouth, and is the main access road to the North West Cape.[2]

Monkey Mia Road[edit]

Monkey Mia Road
Location: DenhamMonkey Mia
Length: 25.34 km[5] (15.75 mi)
Route number: Shark Bay Tourist Way (Tourist Drive 353)

Monkey Mia Road is a main road across Shark Bay's Peron Peninsula in the Gascoyne. From Denham on the west coast of the peninsula, it travels north-east, through the Francois Peron National Park, to Monkey Mia on the east coast.[2] Monkey Mia road is part of the Shark Bay Tourist Way.[6]

North West Coastal Highway[edit]

North West Coastal Highway
(Gascoyne region)
Location: Nerren NerrenExmouth Gulf
Length: 548.61 km[5] (340.89 mi)
Route number: National Route 1

North West Coastal Highway is the main north-south highway through the Gascoyne. It enters the southern edge of the region at Nerren Nerren, and travels north-west to Carnarvon. The highway continues north, parallel to but inland from the coastline, passing through Minilya. The highway leaves the Gascoyne at Exmouth Gulf, continuing north-east into the Pilbara region. The other major roads in the region are all connected to the highway, either directly or via another main road.[2]

Robinson Street[edit]

Robinson Street
Location: Carnarvon
Length: 5.09 km[5] (3.16 mi)

Robinson Street is a major urban road in the Gascoyne town of Carnarvon. From the centre of town, it travels north-east to North West Coastal Highway at a T junction. It is the western leg of the intersection, with North West Coastal Highway forming the southern leg (towards Geraldton) and the eastern leg (towards Karratha).[2]

Shark Bay Road[edit]

Shark Bay Road
Location: Hamelin PoolDenham.
Length: 128.18 km[5] (79.65 mi)
Route number: Shark Bay Tourist Way (Tourist Drive 353)

Shark Bay Road is a main road in the Gascoyne, providing access to the Shark Bay area. From the Overlander Roadhouse on North West Coastal Highway in Hamelin Pool, it travels west and then north-west up the Peron Peninsula to Denham.[2] Shark Bay Road is part of the Shark Bay Tourist Way, and was previously named Denham Hamelin Road.[6]:34

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  1. ^ a b Main Roads Western Australia (17 December 2013). "Regional Roads". Government of Western Australia. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Main Roads Western Australia (13 August 2013). Upper Regions map – Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne (PDF) (Map). 1:3,000,000. Version 1.0. Government of Western Australia. Archived from the original on 29 August 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Main Roads Western Australia (28 February 2011). "Midwest and Gascoyne Network" (PDF) (Map). Intergrated Service Arrangement. 1:4,210,526. Government of Western Australia. Archived from the original on 3 August 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Main Roads Western Australia (2013). "Gascoyne Regional Profile" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. Archived (PDF) from the original on 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Main Roads Western Australia. Road Information Mapping System (Map). Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Main Roads Western Australia; Western Australian Tourism Commission; Royal Automobile Club. "Tourist Drives of Western Australia" (PDF). Main Roads Western Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2013.  Additional archives: 11 April 2015.