Kamilaroi Highway

The Kamilaroi Highway is a 605-kilometre (376 mi)[1] state highway located in the north-western region of New South Wales, Australia. The highway's northwestern terminus is at a junction with the Mitchell Highway at Bourke. Its southeastern terminus is a junction with the New England Highway north of Willow Tree.

Kamilaroi Highway

A small mirage on the Kamilaroi Highway near Cryon.
General information
Length605 km (376 mi)[1]
Route number(s)
route number
Major junctions
NW end
SE end
Major settlementsBrewarrina, Walgett, Cryon, Burren Junction, Wee Waa, Narrabri, Boggabri, Gunnedah, Curlewis, Breeza, Quirindi, Braefield
Highway system

The highway is named after the Kamilaroi Indigenous Australian people who live in the area.


It was formerly signed National Route 37, poorly west of Walgett. This route was replaced by the alpha numeric route number B51 between the New England Highway and Newell Highway, before continuing to Walgett unnumbered. Here at its junction with the Castlereagh Highway it becomes the B76, and continues along the formerly largely unsigned part of National Route 37 towards Bourke and the Mitchell Highway. Its status as a highway is fairly new, having only become State Highway 29 in February 1999, the same point in time that it was named the Kamilaroi Highway.

The Kamilaroi Highway crosses the Bogan River 43 kilometres (27 mi) east of Bourke.[2]

The Brewarrina Lift Bridge which was built in 1888 over Barwon River on the Kamilaroi Highway has been assessed as being of State significance.[3]

Major junctions

BourkeBourke00.0 Mitchell Highway (B71)  Nyngan, Dubbo, Bathurst, Cunnamulla
Kidman Way (B87)  Cobar
T intersection northwestern terminus;
north and southeast (B71) as the Mitchell Highway;
south (B87) as the Kidman Way
Barwon River4226Bourke Bridge
BrewarrinaBrewarrina9760Belmore Street  Walgett, GoodoogaUncontrolled 4-way intersection;
Kamilaroi Highway (B76) continues east
Barwon River9962Brewarrina Lift Bridge
BrewarrinaBrewarrina10565Goodooga Road  GoodoogaT intersection; Kamilaroi Highway (B76) continues southeast
Barwon River224139Dangar Bridge
WalgettWalgett223139Ginge RoadT intersection; Kamilaroi Highway (B76) continues south
230140 Castlereagh Highway (B55)  Lightning Ridge, CoonambleRoundabout; Kamilaroi Highway (B76) continues east
Namoi River231144Bridge (no known official name)
WalgettWalgett235146 Castlereagh Highway (B55) (B76)  Lightning Ridge, CollarenebriT intersection; concurrency terminus; Kamilaroi Highway continues south
Namoi River370230Tulladunna Bridge
Namoi River379235Collins Bridge
NarrabriNarrabri412256 Newell Highway (A39)  Narrabri, Gunnedah, MoreeT intersection; Kamilaroi Highway continues south
Narrabri Creek413257Narrabri Creek Bridge
NarrabriNarrabri417259 Newell Highway (A39)  DubboRoundabout; concurrency terminus;
Kamilaroi Highway (B51) continues southeast
GunnedahGunnedah509316 Oxley Highway (B56)  Coonabarabran, Mudgee, TamworthUncontrolled 4-way intersection; Kamilaroi Highway continues south
512318 Oxley Highway (B56) /
Kamilaroi Highway (B71)  Tamworth, Port Macquarie
Roundabout; concurrency terminus;
Kamilaroi Highway (B51) continues south
Liverpool PlainsWillow Tree605376 New England Highway (A15)  Willow Tree, Singleton, Tamworth to Newcastle, WarwickDirectional T interchange; southeastern terminus; continues north and south as the New England Highway (A15)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Route attractions and features

Approximately 5 kilometres (3 mi) north of Boggabri is a spectacular landmark called Gin’s Leap, that was known in the days of Cobb and Co as "The Rock". It is said that a young Aboriginal girl, being pursued by white settlers on horseback, jumped to her death rather than be raped and shot like others in her family.[4]

See also


  1. 1 Warraweena Street, Bourke NSW 2840 to New England Highway, Willow Tree NSW 2339 (Map). Google Maps, Google Inc. 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  2. "Bogan River Bridge Replacement HW29". NSW eTendering. Government of New South Wales. 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  3. "Brewarrina Bridge over Barwon River, The". Office of Heritage & Environment. Government of New South Wales. 14 August 2002. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  4. Elder, Bruce. Blood on the Wattle: Massacres and maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians since 1788. New Holland Publishers Ltd. ISBN 1864364106.

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