Federal Highway (Australia)

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Federal Highway

Australian Capital Territory
Federal Highway, Wollogorang.jpg
Southbound carriageway, at Wollogorang. The median strip at this location is about 200 metres (656 ft)[1] wide and contains pasture.
General information
Length72.7 km (45.2 mi)[4]
Opened25 February 1931[2]
Maintained by
Route number(s)
route number
  • National Highway 23
  • (1974 — 2013 [within NSW])[3]
  • National Highway 23
  • (1974 — 2013 [within ACT])[3]
Major junctions
NE end
SW end
RegionSouthern Tablelands
LGA(s)Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Upper Lachlan Shire, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, Yass Valley Shire, Australian Capital Territory
Major suburbs / townsCollector, Sutton, Watson, Downer, Lyneham
Highway system

The Federal Highway is a highway in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. It is a part of a motorway standard link between Sydney and Canberra, and is also the main thoroughfare between those cities.

The north-eastern end of the Federal Highway is located at its junction with the Hume Highway near the rural city of Goulburn. It runs 72.7 km (45.2 mi) south west to Canberra, the national capital of Australia, where its south western end is located at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and the Barton Highway. The Federal Highway passes the villages of Wollogorang, Collector and Sutton, as well as skirting the western side of the endorheic basin containing Lake George.

Route description[edit]

The Federal Highway is a good motorway standard roadway linking from the Hume Highway at Yarra, southeast of Goulburn, New South Wales; to Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. It is designated as the M23 between its northern terminus and Sutton, and then as the A23 from there to its southern terminus. The roadway has a continuous 110 km/h (68 mph) speed limit within New South Wales. Within the Australian Capital Territory the posted speed limit is 100 km/h (62 mph) in rural areas and 80 km/h (50 mph) once it enters the urban area of Canberra. The entire length of the roadway is dual carriageway with 2 lanes in each direction.[4][5]

Junction list[edit]

StateLGA / DistrictLocationkm[1][4][6]miDestinationsNotes
New South WalesGoulburn MulwareeYarra0.00.0 Hume Highway [M31] – Sydney, Goulburn, Yass, Gundagai, MelbournePartial Y-interchange, traffic from the west that is turning south must perform a U-turn north of the interchange.
Highway terminus: continues as Hume Highway both northeast and southwest.
2.61.6Crowthers Lane – No Through RoadLILO access to/from southbound carriageway only.
2.91.8Thornford Road – CurrawangModified uncontrolled T-intersection (due to wide median strip at this location)
Wollogorang8.85.5Wollogorang RoadModified uncontrolled T-intersection (due to wide median strip at this location)
10.46.5Stillwater Road – No Through RoadModified uncontrolled T-intersection (due to wide median strip at this location)
13.38.3Granger Road – No Through RoadLILO access to/from southbound carriageway only.
Upper LachlanCurrawang / Collector19.111.9Baxters Lane – No Through RoadUncontrolled T-intersection
Collector20.012.4Mays Lane – No Through RoadUncontrolled T-intersection
21.613.4Church Street – CollectorUncontrolled T-intersection
22.113.7Collector Road – Tarago, Athenabacchus WineryUncontrolled T-intersection
23.714.7Collector Road – Collector, GunningUncontrolled T-intersection
Queanbeyan-Palerang / Yass ValleyLake George32.920.4The Vineyards Road – No Through Road – Lake George WineriesUncontrolled T-intersection
44.327.5Hadlow Drive – Weereewaa Lookout, Rest Area accessUncontrolled crossroads, No Through Road to the southeast only.
48.530.1Doust RoadUncontrolled T-intersection
Bywong50.231.2Shingle Hill Way – GundarooUncontrolled T-intersection
50.731.5Bungendore Road – Bungendore, Lark Hill WineryUncontrolled T-intersection
52.432.6Schofield Road – No Through RoadUncontrolled T-intersection
53.733.4Donnelly Road (east) / Old Federal Highway (west)Uncontrolled crossroads, Donnelly Road is a No Through Road
Sutton58.036.0Old Federal HighwayUncontrolled T-intersection
58.336.2Macs Reef Road – Bungendore, Batemans Bay, WineriesUncontrolled T-intersection
59.236.8Sutton Road – Sutton, Gundaroo, Queanbeyan, Gunning, and
also Cooma (alternate route)
Parclo A2 interchange
62.638.9Federal Highway Service RoadLILO access to/from southbound carriageway only.
64.640.1McKeahnie Lane (North) / Federal Highway Service Road (South)Diamond interchange
Australian Capital TerritoryGungahlin, Majura67.241.8Horse Park Drive (west) / Majura Parkway (east) – Gungahlin, Fyshwick, CoomaDiamond interchange with single cloverleaf onramp providing non-stop access to/from Majura Parkway southbound; one set of traffic lights northbound.
Watson69.643.2Antill Street – Watson, Hackett3-way roundabout
Gungahlin, Majura, Canberra Central70.043.5Zelling Street – WatsonUncontrolled T-intersection
Gungahlin, Canberra Central70.743.9Old Well Station Road – Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) [Parking]Uncontrolled T-intersection
71.044.1Stirling Avenue – Watson, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)Signal controlled crossroads
Canberra CentralWatson / Lyneham71.644.5Flemington Road – Lyneham, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), RacecourseSignal controlled T-intersection
Watson / Lyneham / Downer71.944.7Phillip Avenue – Downer, HackettSignal controlled crossroads
Lyneham / Downer72.745.2 Barton Highway [A25] (north) / Northbourne Avenue [A23] (south) – City, Queanbeyan, Gungahlin, YassSignal controlled T-intersection, Bus-lane has signal priority southbound.
Highway terminus: continues south for about 0.7 km to the Mouat Street/Antill Street intersection, where it becomes Northbourne Avenue.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "SIX maps". NSW Government. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  2. ^ "OPEN TO-DAY". Goulburn Evening Penny Post (DAILY and EVENING ed.). NSW. 25 February 1931. p. 3. Retrieved 8 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ a b "Ozroads: Federal Highway (ACT)". Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Google Maps". Google. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Alpha-numeric route numbers". Roads and Maritime Services. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  6. ^ "ACTMAPi". ACT Government. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.

External links[edit]

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